Felix MIKHAYLOV
Феликс МИХАЙЛОВ
Felix MIKHAILOV
Russia, 2009, 100mn 
Colour, fiction
Jolly Fellows
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Весельчаки

 

 Les Gais Lurons

 Vesselchaki

 
Directed by : Felix MIKHAYLOV (Феликс МИХАЙЛОВ)
Writing credits : Felix MIKHAYLOV (Феликс МИХАЙЛОВ)
 
Cast
Pavel BRYUN (Павел БРЮН ) ...Lara
Ingeborga DAPKUNAITE (Ингеборга ДАПКУНАЙТЕ)
Yevgeniya DOBROVOLSKAIA (Евгения ДОБРОВОЛЬСКАЯ)
Ville HAAPASALO (Вилле ХААПАСАЛО) ...Rosa
Aleksey KLIMUSHKIN (Алексей КЛИМУШКИН) ...Fira
Danila KOZLOVSKY (Данила КОЗЛОВСКИЙ) ...Lyusya
Renata LITVINOVA (Рената ЛИТВИНОВА) ...Rosa's wife
Ivan NIKOLAYEV (Иван НИКОЛАЕВ) ...Genka-Gelya
 
Produced by : Sergey KOSTYGIN (Сергей КОСТЫГИН), Felix MIKHAYLOV (Феликс МИХАЙЛОВ)
Production : Survive Entertainment, Time Line
Release date in Russia : 15/10/2009
 
Site : www.veselchaki-film.ru/

Plot synopsis
The debut feature by the director Felix Mikhailov is a touching comedy covering the stories of five drag queens that shine on Moscow’s travesty scene, but at the same time they have to oppose homophobic stereotypes of Russian society, first of all – in their families. The characters are played by five actors whose regular images have nothing to do with cross-dressing. Besides, the movie features appearances from the Russian stars like Renata Litvinova and Ingeborga Dapkunaite who once participated in Berlinale’s jury. Jolly Fellows was released in Russia in October 2009 and made quite a stir in press.
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Jolly Fellows [Весельчаки, Director Felix MIKHAYLOV, 2009], Andrew CHAPMAN, rusfilm.pitt.edu, 2012
Camp Cinema : Russian Style, rusfilm.pitt.edu, 2012
Кинокэмп по-русски, Andrew CHAPMAN, , 2012
Feliks Mikhailov : Jolly Fellows (Vesel’chaki, 2009), Marco DUMANČIĆ, kinokultura.com, 2010
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Russian film symposium. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (USA), 2012
- International Human Rights Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 2010
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2010
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2010

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