Feature Narrative Competition | 105 min | 2018

The Man Who Surprised Everyone

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About the Film

The story of the film is based on memories of Natasha Merkulova's, the film director's, Siberian childhood, the village where she grew up, the people who surrounded her and the legends told in those places. Egor Korshunov (40) is a Siberian forest guard who works in a local environmental company, fighting fearlessly against poachers in taiga. Egor is a great family man, respected by his fellow villagers. He and his wife Natalia are expecting a second child. Unexpectedly, Egor finds out that he has terminal cancer and has only two months left to live. No traditional medicine or shamanic magic can save Egor. Finally, left with no other options, he decides to take the last desperate step. He attempts to completely change his identity in order to fool the oncoming death, just like Zhamba the drake, the hero of a legendary ancient Siberian epos, did.

Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2018
Length 105 min
Language Russian
Country Russia, Estonia, France

Film Credits

Director Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
Screenplay Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
Cinematography Mart Taniel
Music Andrey Kurchenko
Editing Vadim Krasnitsky
Producer Katia Filippova (Russia), Katrin Kissa (Estonia), Guillaume de Seille(France), Alexander Rodnyansky (Russia)
Production Company Pan Atlantic, Homeless Bob, Arizona Film Productions, Non-Stop Production
Sound Design Vladimir Pryamov, Aleksandr Fedenyov, Stas Kreckov
Cast Evgeniy Tsiganov, Natalya Kudryshova, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Vasiliy Popov, Pavel Maykov, Aleksey Filimonov, Elena Voronchikhina, Maksim Vitorgan

Film Contacts

Pan-Atlantic Studio


Bayreuther Str. 9
D-10789 Berlin, Germany
Sales: Margot Haiböck - margot@plutofilm.de
Festivals: Daniela Chlapikova - daniela@plutofilm.de 

Directed by: Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov