Alexey Medvedev’s Teen Spirit program will include a selection of films about coming of age moments and adolescent personality development.
With The Kings of Summerdirector Jordan Vogt-Roberts proves that the genre of runaway teenagers wandering through the woods has not exhausted itself. The numerous absurd details that fill the film’s sense of reality and do not serve the main plot create a captivating combination of comedy and lyrical drama. The parents are intolerable, the children are naïve, but in the gap between them answers to life’s main questions may lie. The forest-bound tale of male friendship, utopia and a dream of escape to a cabin reveals the pain and despair of first love, the impossibility of escaping oneself and the inevitability of growing up. The film was one of the contenders for the main prize at the Sundance film festival in 2013.
At the center of the psychological drama The Pee-Wee 3D: The Winter that Changed my Life from Éric Tessier is a boy dealing with his mother’s death and stubbornly aiming for sporting success at the Quebec ice hockey tournament the Pee-Wee. The parallel between his struggle in this difficult sport and his psychological conflict with his father and peers lead the hero into emotional turmoil, and everyone overcomes teenage blues in their own way. His only loyal comrade is the girl next door, who believes in his sporting talent. Having gone through battles on the ice and in his soul, little Janeau will become a real man who will make his departed mother proud.
Road movie My Name is Hmmm… is the directorial debut from designer Agnes B. The film raises the poignant topic of violence in the family, violence that forces an 11-year-old girl to run away during a school bus trip and to walk alone by the sea holding a Barbie doll in her hands. None of her classmates can understand the loneliness of her life with an aggressive father, a mother who is forever at her low-paid job, and her grandmother who does not perceive the reality of the situation. This seemingly desperate story is steeped in the director’s personal pain and retains the light touch of a French drama without moralizing or condemning society.
Some compare Hide Your Smiling Faces from director and cinematographer Daniel Carbone with the atmospheric films from the American independent cinema wave in the 2000s. Built on unnecessary domestic conversations, with attention to detail and space for interpretation, the film frankly depicts a teenage world of discoveries and obstacles. The director has filmed the most existential period of life with an objective lens that allows the viewer to feel the bittersweet sense of childhood memories.
Program curator Alexey Medvedev and coordinator Lidia Kanashova
Velikan Park Kinotsentr
October 1st, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm: The Kings of Summer
October 2nd, 10:30 am, 7:30 pm: The Pee-Wee 3D
October 3rd, 11:00 am, 8:30 pm: My Name is Hmmm…
October 4th, 11:00 am, 7:00 pm: Hide your Smiling Faces
Press conference schedule:
October 3rd, 1:30 – 1:45 pm: My Name is Hmmm… Directed by Agnes B., starring Lou-Lélia Demerliac