BIFF17 Return21st August, 2017
In the wilds of Russia, brothers Andrey and Ivan have been raised by their mother. Only a faded photograph in the attic reminds them that they had a father – a man who disappeared when they were infants. When their laconic father returns after twelve years of absence, Andrey, the elder, is delighted – but younger brother Ivan is suspicious. The trio celebrate their reunion by leaving on a fishing trip to a remote island on a lake, which quickly turns from grand adventure to a nightmare. It is clear no one is coming home from this trip unchanged.
Winner golden lion and best debut, venice film festival, 2003
“Constructed like an eerie, metaphorical thriller, this tense, riveting character study offers viewers nearly two hours of emotions with a stunning pay-off no one will be expecting.” – Variety