The Man Who Surprised Everyone


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.


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.


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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 


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