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Drama, Fantasy   Language: Russian   Subtitles: English  Status: Post-Production


Based on Alexei Salnikov’s novel, 'Petrovs in Flu and Around It', the film is the story of how even the most mundane situations carry in them the potential to become something extraordinary; how a simple journey on a trolleybus could be the first act of a mystery.

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The Petrovs are an average family living in the peaceful city of Yekaterinburg in post-Soviet Russia. They follow their daily regimens with quiet consistency, but beneath this layer of the ordinary, things turn out to be quite extraordinary.


Petrov lives his life in a parallel comic universe, breaking out of the mundane to do everything from abducting children as a humanoid alien, to lining up Russian aristocrats against a wall and shooting them down. Petrov has been dealing with the flu, but goes about his regular life, often getting drunk and spending the night out. His wife, Petrova, is a librarian by day and a superhero vigilante with a maniacal streak by night; she kills abusive men.


Stars - Tilda Swinton, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Jeanne Balibar 

Director - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Screenplay - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Producers - Roy Azout, Joslyn Barnes, Diana Bustamante, Andrés Calderón, Julio Chavezmontes, Charles de Meaux, Caroleen Feeney, Simon Field, Viola Fügen, Danny Glover, Keith Griffiths, Sebastián Hofmann, Zhangke Jia, Andreas Roald, Susan Rockefeller, Soros Sukhum, Tilda Swinton, Maxx Tsai, Michael Weber, Dan Wechsler, Meng Xie, Jamal Zeinal Zadee


Born in Rostov-on-Don in Russia in 1969, Kirill Serebrennikov turned to theatre in 1992 after studying science at university. Winner of several awards for his work in television, he has also directed feature films such as 'Leto' (2018), 'The Disciple' (2016), 'The Student' (2016). Playing the 'Victim' (2006) won him the Grand Prize at the 1st Rome Film Festival in 2006. His success was followed by 'Yury’s Day' (2008), which won awards both at home and in the international arena.

Since 2012, he has been the artistic director of the Gogol Center in Moscow, and is described as one of Russia’s leading theatre directors. His daring, impertinent theatre shows a great freedom and spirit of resistance. Outside is his third creation for the Festival d’Avignon, after The Idiots and Dead Souls.

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