Mikhail KUKUSHIN
Михаил КУКУШКИН
Mikhaïl KOUKOUCHINE
Russia, 2018, full length film 
fiction
The Gift
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Дар

 

 Le Don

 Dar

 
Directed by : Mikhail KUKUSHIN (Михаил КУКУШКИН)
Writing credits : Mikhail KUKUSHIN (Михаил КУКУШКИН)
 
Cast
Yuri OBOROTOV (Юрий ОБОРОТОВ)
Aleksey KOLUBKOV (Алексей КОЛУБКОВ)
Vladimir KARPUK (Владимир КАРПУК)
Valeria DERGILEVA (Валерия ДЕРГИЛЕВА)
Svetlana GERA / BOBKINA (Светлана ГЕРА / БОБКИНА) )
Viktoria PIATAKINA (Виктория ПЯТАКИНА)
 
Cinematography : Dmitry POLYAKOV (Дмитрий ПОЛЯКОВ)
Produced by : Aleksandr KOTELEVSKY (Александр КОТЕЛЕВСКИЙ), Mikhail KUKUSHIN (Михаил КУКУШКИН), Andrei_2 NOVIKOV (Андрей_2 НОВИКОВ)
Production : Кинокомпания «АРТЛАЙТ», кинокомпания «Инвада Фильм», Школа Германа Сидакова / Société "Artlight", Société "Invada Film", Ecole de Guerman Sidakov
Film revenue in Russia : 0.0019 million dollars
 

Plot synopsis
Tolya Sidorov is a simple worker of early retirement age from some remote place in Russia. Unexpectedly he discovers his artistic talent and becomes a sensation in the world of modern art. And all this because the creation of his masterpieces happens at a very intimate moment... The fame of the unusual artist spreads across the Internet, and even experts from Moscow come to visit an exhibition of Anatoly’s urinary painting. And like in the Russian fairy tale, the hero is miraculously showered with recognition and money. But Tolya prefers to stay incognito, trying to understand whether his work is real art. And the men from the factory would laugh at him if they found out.
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Commentaries and bibliography
Mikhail Kukushkin: The Gift (Dar, 2018), Holly MYERS, Kinokultura, 2020
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2019
- Festival ''Cinema and literature'', Gatchina (Russia), 2019
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2018