The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Tchelovek kotorij udivil vseh) | Denver Film Society | Aleksey Chupov | Natasha Merkulova | Russia

The Man Who Surprised Everyone

Tchelovek kotorij udivil vseh

Aleksey Chupov, Natasha Merkulova

Drama, LGBTQ, Medical/Health

RussianEnglish SubtitlesRussia2018105 min


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Egor is a man’s man—the strong, silent type who has a job as a forest guard in the Siberian taiga and a family to care for on their small farm in the village, including his expectant wife Natalia and their young son. As it turns out, he also has cancer and only two months left to live.

The doctors can’t help; neither can the local shaman. But she does give him an idea in the form of an old fable about a drake who disguises himself as a female duck to cheat Death. Soon enough, he has exchanged his rugged uniform and boots for a red dress and heels—and, with it, the respect of his neighbors for hostility and the love of his family for banishment into the forest. He’s about to find out whether or not it’s true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger in this complex, affecting modern morality tale out of Russia, written and directed with intelligence and grace by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov.

Producer: Katia Filippova | Editor: Vadim Krasnitsky | Cinematographer: Mart Taniel | Screenwriter: Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov
Cast: Evgeniy Tsyganov, Natalya Kudryashova
Additional Countries: Estonia, France