• Director-Screenwriter

    Kirill Serebrennikov

  • Producers

    Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pavel Burya

  • With

    Semyon Serzin, Chulpan Khamatova, Yuri Kolokolnikov

  • Russia-France-Switzerland-Germany 2021. 145min

  • UK Distribution

    Sovereign Film Distribution

  • Language

    Russian

    With English subtitles

This film’s BFI Player premiere is scheduled for the time listed above. You have 24 hours to start watching and 4 hours to complete the film once you’ve started. Tickets can be booked until the end time listed above (subject to availability).

Kirill Serebrennikov (The Student, Leto) wrote the screenplay for Petrov’s Flu while under house arrest. One of Russia’s most controversial film and theatre directors, Serebrennikov was still not allowed to travel abroad when the film was screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Adapted from the novel by Aleksey Salnikov, which its author once described as being about ‘the beast within the person’, its freewheeling style and exaggerated scenes skirt the borders between the real and the imagined. Originally planned as a theatre production, its many extreme characterisations hit significant targets while providing an invigorating mix of performance and cinematic invention. Serebrennikov describes the novel as ‘carnivalesque’ and the film’s absurdism as ‘part of our life’. Traversing issues of taste, the violence it presents – whether real or imagined – might shock.

Peter Hames

Contains scenes of sexual violence and scenes viewers may find distressing.

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