The Student (Uchenik)

Venya believes the world is nearing its end. He studies the Bible obsessively, incessantly quoting chapter and verse. His refusal to undress for swimming lessons is the unusual first step on a path to religious fanaticism. Conflict with his mother and classmates develops into a confrontation with his biology teacher Elena, as he objects to Darwinian theories of evolution and ‘modern’ teachings on sex and homosexuality.

The film also leads to other directions – to Venya’s conflicted sexuality, anti-Semitism and accusations of sexual molestation by Elena. Set in the coastal city of Kaliningrad, this scathing and satirical work features strong performances  and Vladislav Opelyants’ inventive cinematography.

3rd March, 2017

Cert: TBC

Running time: 118 minutes

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