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The Fool
Дурак

Yuri Bykov’s third film is a captivating thriller about a smalltime plumber who discovers a tower block is on the verge of collapse. Trying to save the largely indifferent residents of the crumbling building, he stumbles across a corruption scam led by the town Mayor. Grimly absurd and critically lauded, The Fool reflects on modern Russian reality as well as harking back to Dostoevsky’s Idiot and confirms Bykov’s place at the forefront of modern Russian cinema.

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James Patterson
James Patterson
Gripping and realistic
Truly gripping from the start to the finish. Stark and bleak realities of life for many Russians brilliantly conveyed against the complexities of the moral dilemma.
Geraldine Sebastian
Geraldine Sebastian
Depressing film.
Brilliantly acted, but I can't help but make comparisons of the corruption in today's society all over the world.. If this truly depicts what life was like back then in Russia then we haven't really progressed as human beings. Corruption is the same but we have become better at hiding it.
A very powerful film.
Awards and Festivals
2014
Award Laurel
Best Screenplay
Kinotavr Festival, Russia
2014
Award Laurel
Best Actor
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
2014
Award Laurel
Audience Prize
Arras Film Festival, France
2015
Award Laurel
Best Screenplay
Dublin Film Festival, Ireland
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