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Rival

new BUSAN IFF

His mother belongs to him. Only to him.

"A superb performance from Yelizar Nazarenko."
"An accomplished, offbeat coming-of-age drama."

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Synopsis

9-year-old Roman follows his mother Oksana, who left to work illegally in Germany. There she lives with Gert, a 62- year-old German widower who suffers from diabetes. Gert tries to make friends with the boy, but Roman struggles for his mother's attention. Suddenly Oksana becomes ill, and Roman is left alone with his rival. Surprisingly Gert turns out to be a good playmate until he dies from a stroke. Roman is now trapped in a remote place, along with a corpse.

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Director: Marcus Lenz
Genre: Drama
Original title: Rivale
English title: RIVAL
Country of production: Germany
Year of production: 2020
Length: 96 mins
Screening format: DCP 2K (2048x858) (1:2,39; 5.1, un-encrypted
Original language: German, Ukrainian
Cast: Yelizar Nazarenko, Maria Bruni, Udo Samel,
Scriptwriter: Marcus Lenz, Lars Hubrich

Director of photography: Frank Amann
Production designer: Beatrice Schultz
Editor: Hansjörg Weissbrich, Bernd Euscher
Sound design: Jonathan Ritzel
Sound mixing: Dominik Avenwedde
Music: Caroline Siegers + Evgueni Galperine
Producers: Gunter Hanfgarn & Andrea Ufer
Co-producers: Patrick Waldmann
Production company: HANFGARN & UFER
Co-production company: Wildfilms
Supported by: BKM, Filmstiftung NRW, Nordmedia

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Festivals / Awards

Busan IFF - Flash Forward Competition - World Premiere
AFI Fest, USA - New Auteurs
HOF IFF, Germany - THE GERMAN CINEMA NEW TALENT AWARD 2020
Braunschweig IFF, Germany
Listapad Minsk IFF, Belorussia - Main Feature Film CompetitionYury Marukhin Memorial Award for Best Cinematography for FRANK AMANN
Tallinn Black Nights IFF, Estonia

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