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Short Film Competition 16+

Leave of Absence

Anton Sazonov
Russia in the 2010s. Artem, a man of few words (and whose name we learn only in the final credits), lives with a family he doesn’t love, works at a meat plant and spends his evenings watching news of Russia’s military successes in Syria. Anton Sazonov's directorial debut is an aesthete’s study of life in Russia's tower blocks and an attempted existential exploration of Russian masculinity (and the so-called “deep nation”) in crisis.

Born in Leningrad, Russia in 1989, Anton Sazonov obtained a degree in economics before he graduated from the Pro Arte School of Art Journalism. He also finished a directing course at the Moscow Film School, studying under Alexei Popogrebski. His second short, Leave of Absence (2019), won the Parti di domani Best Direction Prize at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival.

Born in Leningrad, Russia in 1989, Anton Sazonov obtained a degree in economics before he graduated from the Pro Arte School of Art Journalism. He also finished a directing course at the Moscow Film School, studying under Alexei Popogrebski. His second short, Leave of Absence (2019), won the Parti di domani Best Direction Prize at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival.

Year:
2019
Country:
Russia
Length:
12'
Language:
Russian
Subtitles:
English
Director:
Anton Sazonov
Script:
Anton Sazonov
Producers:
Mikhail Marizov, Ekaterina Telegina, Anton Sazonov, Vadim Byrkin, Anastasia Pelevina, Jelena Iljushenok
Cinematography:
Aydar Sharipov
Music:
Dmitry Evgrafov
Cast:
Andrius Darela, Alexander Zotov, Daria Rumyantseva, Ion Doze, Vyacheslav Gulivizkyi
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