UNCLENCHING THE FISTS (RAZZHIMAYA KULAKI) World Cinema

UNCLENCHING THE FISTS (RAZZHIMAYA KULAKI)

Russia Official International Feature Film Oscar® Submission

Following the theatrical screening, watch a special conversation with director Kira Kovalenko moderated by AFI Festivals Programmer Malin Kan.

In a remote North Caucasus mining town, Ada is coming of age in a deeply dysfunctional family isolated by the men that surround her: a clingy younger brother, a detached older brother and an ailing, demanding father. Having suppressed her own needs and enduring physical pain to the point of desperation, the welcome attentions of a local boy present the possibility of new experiences, and a potential escape. However, as Ada gets a taste of a better life, family tensions mount and her desperate urge to break free conflicts with a deep distrust of others and the increasing demands of a tyrannical father. A worthy recipient of the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival, Russian newcomer Kira Kovalenko delivers a raw, visceral experience, and the film is filled with harshly beautiful performances certain to leave audiences shaken and moved. – Malin Kan

Kira Kovalenko was born in Nalchik and graduated from Alexander Sokurov’s directing workshop at Kabardino-Balkarian State University in 2015. UNCLENCHING THE FISTS marks her second feature film. Her debut, SOFICHKA, premiered in 2016 at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

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Details

Country: Russia

Year: 2021

Director: Kira Kovalenko

Screenwriters: Kira Kovalenko, Anton Yarush, Lyubov Mulmenko

Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov

Executive Producer: Natalia Gorina

Director of Photography: Pavel Fomintsev

Editors: Mukharam Kabulova, Vincent Deyveaux

Production Designer: Sergey Zaikov

Cast/Featuring: Milana Aguzarova, Alik Karaev, Soslan Khugaev, Khetag Bibilov, Arsen Khetagurov, Milana Pagieva

Running Time (minutes): 97

Language: Ossetian

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