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Sergey Loban
Russia 2005 / 107’

Lyosha is supposedly young though it’s hard to tell: his balding head, big gut and horrible vision despite Coke-bottle glasses are hardly avatars of youthful élan. Lyosha looks like a worn-out 40-year-old and an overgrown child, shiftless all day in a dirty t-shirt while bearing the complaints of his possessive grandmother. Can a mysterious experiment supposed to transform men into hunks change his life? How close are our biggest dreams to our greatest nightmares? Lyosha can’t take it anymore, but will his efforts to return to his miserable prior condition stand in the way of a huge political conspiracy?

Urszula Lipińska


Moscow IFF 2005 – Russian Film Critics Award

Sergey Loban

Sergey Loban was born in 1972 in Moscow, where a dozen or so years later he graduated from Moscow Institute of Energetics and Mathematics. After working in various disciplines, in 1995, he founded a club that became the heart of Moscow’s underground scene. Loban has also worked for several TV stations and founded a group engaged in making independent films – called zAiBi – whose members include Marina Potapova, the screenwriter of his films, and Dmitry Model, his DOP. Dust (2005), his debut low-cost work, received the critics prize at the Moscow Film Festival. Loban’s latest film, Chapiteau Show (2011), was screened in the Panorama section at the 2012 New Horizons Festival.

Selected filmography

2002 Sosi banan / Suck a Banana (short)

2005 Pył / Pyl / Dust

2011 Shapito-shou / Chapiteau Show

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Sergey Loban
screenplay Marina Potapova
cinematography Dmitriy Model
music Pavel Shevchenko
sound Tigram Gabrielyan, Denis Grigoryev
cast Alexey Podolsky, Petr Mamonov, Dmitriy Pimenov, Psoi Korolenko, Alexey Ageev, Larisa Piatnitskaya
producer Alexey Ageev, Mikhail Sinev
production Kinoteatr.doc, SVOI 2000
sales Sergey Loban
source of print Kinoteatr.doc
language Russian
colouration colour