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New East Cinema: The Man Who Surprised Everyone (18*)

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man lying on the ground with people standing around him

A forest ranger cheats death by changing his identity, to the horror of his friends and family, in this unique interpretation of a Siberian folk tale.

Egor (Evgeniy Tsyganov), a well-respected father whose wife is pregnant with their second child, discovers he has only two months to live. He takes desperate inspiration from a Russian folktale and decides to cheat death by taking the guise of a woman, risking losing the love of his family and facing rejection from his community.

Beautiful, powerful and sometimes disturbing, this haunting fantasy, made in a country where traditional gender roles dominate, features a superb performance from Tsyganov and raises potent questions on identity, love and resistance.

Russia 2018 Dir Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov 104 min

This film contains some scenes of violence, including sexual violence, that viewers may find disturbing

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