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THE FANS

THE FANS

LANGUAGE: Russian | SUBTITLES: English

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 25 min.
Year of production: 2020

SYNOPSIS

In Moscow, two skinheads kill homosexual men while being in a sexual relationship with one another. Based on a true story, the film inquires about masculinity, identity, and a sense of belonging in contemporary Russia. The film’s brutal aesthetic conveys anger, fear, and frustration of those confused by crony capitalism and government-sponsored propaganda.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: Individual entrepreneur Galkin V. G.
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

Philipp Grabovetchi, Igor German, Sofya Reznik, Sergey Pomerantsev, Ivan Shteyngud, Ivan Lenko, Egor Kuvshinov, Sergey Kuznetsov

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Seva Galkin
Screenwriter: Seva Galkin
Producer: Ilya Sherstobitov
Director of Photography: Irina Gorovaya
Sound: Vasily Lebedev
Music Composers: G. F. Handel, J. S. Bach

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Country of origin: Russia
Year of production: 2020
Total running time: 25 min. 35 sec.
Shooting format: Digital
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 16x9
Sound format: Stereo

AWARDS

Audience Award:
Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival 2021

Nominated for Best International Drama:
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles 2022

Nominated for Best Short Film:
Queer Lisboa - International Queer Film Festival 2021
Shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival 2021
Kamianets-Podilsky International Film Festival BRUKIVKA 2021
Dublin Independent Film Festival 2020

Nominated for Best Cinematographer:
Oslo Film Festival 2020

Nominated for Best Sound Design:
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles 2022

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles 2021
Queer Wave Film Festival 2021
Barents Pride / Dignity Fest 2021
South Western International Film Festival 2020
POFF Shorts - Black Nights Film Festival 2020
Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival 2020

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

Seva Galkin (1972, USSR) is a Moscow-based filmmaker, producer and photographer. He has directed two short films ‘Three Times About It’ (2011) and ‘Heart Disease’ (2014), which have been shown internationally. ‘The Fans’ (2020) is his new movie, exploring the crisis of masculinity caused by ‘Russian Section 28’, banning positive representations of LGBTQ+ people among minors. He is the editor-in-chief of tguy.ru, which is a portal for gay men. He was previously an artistic director of KVIR, the first Russian magazine for LGBTQ+ communities. His photographic works have been exhibited in China, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and the USA, including individual shows in Moscow (2011) and New York (2014).