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European feature films

The Whaler Boy


Philipp Yuryev
2020 - Russia / Poland / Belgium - 1h33

Leshka lives in an isolated village on the Bering Strait, which is located between Chukotka and Alaska and divides Russia from America. He is a teenager, and like most men in his village, he is a whale hunter who leads a very uneventful life out at the far edge of the world. But the internet's recent arrival in Leshka's village means the predominantly male population now gathers in a shed every evening to watch gorgeous girls thousands of kilometers away dance on the screen of a constantly buffering erotic webcam chat site. For most of the guys, it's just a bit of fun, but Leshka takes it seriously. He encounters a beautiful girl on the chat site and falls in love with her. Leshka's first love transforms him beyond recognition: he is now determined to find the camgirl in the real world, where a crazy journey awaits him.
Philipp Yuryev
Philipp Yuryev was born in 1990 in Moscow. Even with no prior film experience he was accepted to the Russian State University of Cinematography. His thesis film was The Song of the Mechanical Fish.

Cast : Vladimir Onokhov, Kristina Asmus, Vladimir Lyubimtsev, Nikolay Tatato, Arieh Worthalter
Screenplay : Philipp Yuryev
Cinematography : Mikhail Kursevich,Yakov Mironchev
Editing : Karolina Maciejewska, Alexander Krylov, Philipp Yuryev
Sound : David Vrancken
Music : Krzysztof A. Janczac

Production : Rock Films, Man's Film Production, Orka Film

International sales : Loco Films