Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Fool

Year: 2014
Country: RUSSIA
Run Time: 116 minutes

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Dima Nikitin, a Russian plumber, may be too smart for his own good. Or at least that’s what his family thinks. While his peers have no qualms about stealing to put food on the table, Dima would rather take the less common route of getting an education to earn a promotion. And, confirming his family’s fears, Dima’s intellect is precisely the root of his troubles in Yury Bykov’s blisteringly cold drama, THE FOOL. After a pipe bursts in an apartment building teaming with alcoholics, drug addicts, and troubled children, Dima is called to fix the leak. But his thorough inspection reveals a much more serious problem. The building, home to over 800 residents, is structurally unsound, and Dima estimates it will collapse within the next 24 hours. Still, he needs government approval to evacuate the residents, and the extent of corruption in this small town will make saving the residents’ lives—and even his own—no easy feat. (In Russian with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM -
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:25 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:15 AM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:10 AM

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Yury Bykov

Thirty-three-year-old director-screenwriter-editor-actor Yury Bykov graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, Russia in 2005. His films have earned numerous awards and critical acclaim around the world.

"Live!" (2010), "The Major" (2013)-38th CIFF, THE FOOL (2014)

Alexey Uchitel, Kira Saksaganskaya

Yury Bykov

Kirill Klepalov

Yury Bykov

Principal Cast
Artem Bystrov, Nataliya Surkova, Boris Nevzorov, Kirill Polukhin, Darya Moroz, Yury Tsurilo, Irina Nizina, Alexander Korshunov, Maxim Pinsker, Sergey Artsibashev, Olga Samoshina, Elena Panova, Ilya Isaev, Dmitry Kulitchkov, Lubov Rudenko, Gordey Kobzev, Pyotr Barancheev

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