Film

Of Freaks and Men

Release date: 1998

Format: Feature film

Genre: Drama

Director: Aleksey Balabanov

Writer: Alexey Balabanov

Producer: Oleg Botogov, Sergey Selyanov

Production: Russia

Production Companies: CTB Film Company

Distributor: CTB Film Company

Actors: Sergey Makovetskiy (Jogan), Dinara Drukarova (Liza), Viktor Suhorukov (Viktor Ivanovitch), Angelika Nevolina (Ekaterina Kirillovna)

Length: 95 min.

Colour: Black-and-white

Sound: Stereo

St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 20th century. The handsome and secretive Johann specializes in the fabrication of erotic photographs depicting the floggings of bare-bottomed women. Johann, his assistants and his photographic creations gradually penetrate the peaceful households of two upper class Russian families. The film is a haunting melodrama of hidden passions and sadomasochistic urges, a bizarre tale in which manipulation and revenge rule amidst the charm, innocence and perversion of days gone by.

Festivals and Awards:
25 festival selections, 10 awards
Cannes (Director’s Fortnight), Karlovy Vary , Montreal , Pusan, Sao Paolo , Haifa , Chicago , London , Hong Kong, Istanbul, Sochi – Special Prize, ST.Petersburg –Best Film

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Of Freaks and Men

St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 20th century. The handsome and secretive Johann specializes in the fabrication of erotic photographs depicting the floggings of bare-bottomed women. Johann, his assistants and his photographic creations gradually penetrate the peaceful households of two upper class Russian families. The film is a haunting melodrama of hidden passions and sadomasochistic urges, a bizarre tale in which manipulation and revenge rule amidst the charm, innocence and perversion of days gone by.

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