Film premiere: Acid

When Vanya, naked and high on acid, plunges to his death from a balcony, complex feelings of anger, guilt and rebellion surface in two of his friends, Sasha (Filipp Avdeev) and Pete (Alexander Kuznetsov), one of them blaming himself for Vanya’s demise.

Alexander Gorchilin, known for his work as an actor in Kirill Serebrennikov’s The Student, offers an electrifying and provocative directorial debut. Similar in age to his central characters, it’s an often disturbing portrait of disaffected Russian youth and masculinity in crisis, with excellent performances.

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