by Michael Idov
Russia/ Latvia/Czech Republic 2019, 101'
In the midst of the collapsing USSR, the favorite stand-up comedian of the regime begins challenging censorship
In 1984 Soviet Union, Boris, a Russian-Jewish stand-up comedian, is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities. Fame, combined with lack of personal freedom, is driving him crazy. Once the leaders who dictate what he can and can’t joke about summon him to their villa, the comedian snaps. Armed with the exotic American notion of “insult humor”, he takes his revenge.
Cast & Crew
Aleksey Agranovich, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Alisa Khazanova, Pavel Ilyin, Artem Volobuev
Metrafilms, Sirena Film, Tasse Film
Transilvania IFF Cluj 2019
San Francisco Jewish FF 2019
Blue Angel prize for the Best Actor (Aleksey Agranovich) - Art Film Fest 2019
Michael Idov was born in 1976 in Latvia, and moved to the U.S. in 1992.
He is known as scriptwriter of Kiril Sebrennikov´s LETO, selected to Cannes Official Competition 2018.
His debut novel Ground Up (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) became a bestseller, with HBO optioning it for adaptation as a TV series.
Idov’s Russian-language screenwriting debut, Soulless 2, became Russia’s highest-grossing feature of 2015, earning over $8,000,000 at the box office.
For TV, Idov created Londongrad (STS, 2015), Russia’s first series set and shot in the UK, and The Optimists (Russia-1, 2017), a historical drama about Soviet diplomats in the 1960s.
He is currently developing Advanced Persistent Threat, an original US TV series for the TNT network.