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After taking a wrong turn in their car, a young gay Russian couple witnesses what they believe is a vicious gay bashing. The slow-burning film is highly topical, given the intense worldwide outrage over Russia’s mistreatment of gays and the country’s 2013 federal law prohibiting homosexual “propaganda.” Anton and Vlad make a handsome pair, sharing a loving and natural chemistry in the comfortable privacy of their Moscow apartment. For Anton, the burden of what they may have witnessed outweighs Vlad’s fear of probing too deeply into the incident. Anton talks his skeptical lover into launching their own amateur investigation into the hate crime. Their risky search for the truth has unexpected and grim consequences.


Jonathan Taieb started his career on several projects in the Provence region as a cameraman, assistant director, set decorator, among other roles. He directed his first short film Vivre la bête when he was 19, before writing, directing and producing several other shorts. His filmography includes: Le monde doit m’arriver? (2012, feature film), Arthur, mon héros (2010, short), Tu seras un clown, mon fils (2008, short).


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  • Rights
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    87′, col.

  • Director
    Jonathan Taieb
  • Screenplay
    Jonathan Taieb, with Constance Fischbach, Frederic Jean-Jacques,
    Anthony Robin
  • Editing
    Anthony Robin
  • Photography
    Jonathan Taieb

  • Sound
    Yves Capus, Jean-Marc Cedot,
    Théo Grand

  • Cast
    Renat Shuteev, Andrey Kurganov,
    Andrey Koshman, Veronika Merkoulova,
    Ekaterina Rusnak
  • Producers
    Jonathan Taieb, Frederic Jean-Jacques,
    Chlagou Sami
  • Production
    Grizouille Production

  • San Francisco Frameline 2014
  • Queer Lisboa 2014 – Long Feature Film Competition
  • Ft. Lauderdale LGBT Film Festival 2014
  • Image Out LGBT Film Festival Rochester 2014
  • Windsor International Film Festival 2014
  • Cottbus International Film Festival 2014
  • El Lugar Sin Limites Quito LGBT Film Festival 2014
  • Serjuli Cluj International Film Festival 2014
  • Mix Brazil 2014
  • Molodist Ukraine International Film Festival 2014
  • Chéries – Chèris Paris LGBT Film Festival 2014
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2015
  • Gay Wise UK 2015
  • Budapest Rainbow LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • Zinegoak Bilbao – Long Feature Film Competition 2015
  • Mardi Gras Sydney LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2015
  • Febio Fest Prague 2015
  • Brussels Tels Quels LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • Lyon Ecrans-Mixtes Festival 2015
  • Human Rights Film Festival Côte d’Azur 2015
  • Padova Pride Village 2015
  • Espoo Cine International Film Festival 2015
  • Paraguay LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • Mix Copenhagen 2015
  • Istanbul Crime & Punishment Film Festival 2015
  • Queersicht Bern 2015
  • Houston LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • Galway Fleadh Film Festival 2015
  • Dublin Gaze LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • AMOR LGBT Film Festival Santiago del Chile 2016
  • La Bobine Paris 2017
  • Comfama Bello Medellin 2019
  • Tammesis Medellin 2019
  • Teatri di Vita Bologna 2023

  • Paraguay LGBT Film Festival 2015 – Best Gay Feature Film

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