Films screening at this event

The Humorist

original title
Yumorist
Director
Michael Idov
Cast
Vilma Kutaviciute, Yuri Kolokolnikov
Country
Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia
Year
2019
Duration
100 min

Set in 1984, at the height of the Cold War, The Humorist tells the story of successful Russian-Jewish stand-up comedian Boris Arkadiev. Although he is embraced by the KGB and loved by the masses, Arkadiev feels stifled by state censorship and haunted by his own inner demons. Invited to perform at a party leader’s home, and inspired by the American trend of insult humour, Arkadiev demonstrates just how funny – and self-destructive – his jokes can be.

“A smart social satire.” – The Jerusalem Post

“A super-smart, confidently-lensed film for Michael Idov’s impressive directing debut.” – Variety

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