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Veniamin, a teenager in the midst of a mystical crisis, has his entire high school turned upside down by his unanswered questions.
Subtitles: English (optional)
Duration: 1h 58min
IMDb: 7.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4874206/
Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Writers: Kirill Serebrennikov, Marius von Mayenburg
Stars: Pyotr Skvortsov, Aleksandr Gorchilin, Yuliya Aug, Viktoriya Isakova
6 wins & 12 nominations
I'll do anything for GOD!
Contemporary, Russia, High School, Teenager, Sexual, Religious, Awakening, Unrequited, Fundamentalist, Gay, Student, Following, Internalized, Homophobia, Challenging, Aggression, Violence, Female Nudity, Male Nudity.
A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him. After Veniamin's mother receives a call from school reporting her son's refusal to participate in mixed swimming lessons, she first suspects her teenager of being shy and derides his claim that it is "against his religion." As Veniamin is finally exempted by the school's devout principal, he grows confident that his strict and rigorous study of the Bible gives him the ability to manipulate all forms of authority. Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama - based on a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg - serves as a frightening cautionary tale. Kirill Serebrennikov's study of a problem teenager's sexual religious awakening is as aesthetically kinetic as it is intellectually rigorous.
The original Russian title "(M)uchenik", with the 'm' in parentheses, is a play on words, a pun, combining the Russian word "muchenik", which means "martyr", with the Russian word "uchenik", which means "student". Because the Russian pun would not be understood, and there is no way to translate it, the simplified title "Uchenik", or "The Student", was used at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 where Kirill Serebrennikov won the prestigious François Chalais Award and nominations for the Un Certain Regard Award.