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The Man Who Surprised Everyone

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A fearless Siberian forest guard and a family man Egor discovers that he has only a few months to live and takes a desperate attempt to trick death by adopting the identity of a woman.

Synopsis

Egor is a fearless state forest guard in the Siberian Taiga. He is a good family man, respected by his fellow villagers and together with his wife Natalia they are expecting a second child.  But one day Egor finds out that he has cancer and only two months left to live.  No traditional medicine or shamanic magic can save him.  Finally, left with no other options, he takes a desperate attempt to trick death. As disguise Egor chooses to take the identity of a woman.

'While Kudryashova brings a wide range of emotions to flesh out the character of the wife, Tsyganov is quietly magnificent in the main role.'
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 'Entertaining and provocative,' 'The Man Who Surprised Everyone feels like a punch in the stomach and a slap on the face, both at the same time.'
DIRTY MOVIES

'By taking this unusual route in order to talk about contemporary issues in their country, the filmmakers find an especially effective way of dealing with the topic.'
CINEUROPA

'Delightful, horrifying and thought-provoking.'
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

'A surprising and bold film that approaches an important issue in a unique way.'
THE UPCOMING

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Director: Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov
Genre: Drama
Original title: Tchelovek kotorij udivil vseh
English title: The Man Who Surprised Everyone
Country of production: Russia, Estonia, France
Year of production: 2018
Length: 105 minutes
Color: color
Screening format: DCP
Original language: Russian
Subtitles: English

Cast: Evgeniy Tsyganov, Natalya Kudryashova
Scriptwriter: Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov
Director of photography: Mart Taniel
Editor: Vadim Krasnitsky
Sound design: Stas Kreckov
Sound: Vladimir Pryamov, Aleksandr Fedenyov
Producers: Katia Filipova
Co-producers: Katrin Kissa, Alexander Rodnyansky, Guillaume De Seille
Production company: Pan Atlantic Studio
Co-production company: Homeless Bob Production, Non-Stop Production, Arizona Productions

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Festivals / Awards

Venice International Film Festival, Italy – Orizzonti Award for Best Actress
Busan IFF, South Korea
El Gouna IFF, Egypt – Special Jury Prize
Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon IFF, China – Crouching Tiger Audience Award
Bordeaux Independent IFF, France – Prix Erasmus+

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