Feature Narrative Competition | 90 min | 2020

THE WHALER BOY

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About the Film

Leshka lives in an isolated village on the Bering Strait, which is located between Chukotka and Alaska. The internet’s recent arrival in Leshka’s village means the predominantly male population now gathers in a shed every evening to watch gorgeous girls thousands of kilometers away on an erotic webcam chat site. For most of the guys, it's just a bit of fun, but Leshka takes it seriously. He falls in love with a beautiful girl on the chat and becomes determined to find her in the real world. A crazy journey awaits him.

Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2020
Length 90 min
Language Russian, English, Chukchi
Country Russia, Poland, Belgium
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Film Credits

Director Philipp Yuryev
Screenplay Philipp Yuryev
Cinematography Mikhail Khursevich, Yakov Mironchev
Music Krzysztof A. Janczak
Editing Karolina  Maciejewska, Alexander Krylov, Philipp Yuryev
Producer Alexey Uchitel
Production Company Rock Films, Orka, Man's Films Productions
Sound Design
Sound David Vrancken
Cast Vladimir Onokhov, Kristina Asmus, Vladimir Lyubimtsev, Nikolay Tatato, Arieh Worthalter, Maria Chuprinskaya

Film Contacts

Directed by: Philipp Yuryev

Philipp Yuryev was born in 1990 in Moscow. Even with no prior film experience, he was accepted in the Russian State University of Cinematography. His first student film, The Morning with Different Eyes, won several prizes at international film festivals. His next short film, The Modified Landscape, was shown at the CineGlobe International Film Festival in Geneva. His thesis film, The Song of the Mechanical Fish, was selected for the short film competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and received the Special Jury Prize at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.