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New East Cinema: Acid (18*)

Cinema On Demand

Men lying on the floor

The death of a friend derails the lives of a couple of young musicians in this vital electrifying Russian film.

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 and similar to the age of Acid’s central characters, offers a vital and provocative directorial debut. It’s an often disturbing portrait of disaffected Russian youth and masculinity in crisis, with excellent performances.

Russia 2018 Dir Alexander Gorchilin 97 min

*This title is locally classified

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