The Whaler Boy
Languages: Russian, English with English subtitles
Director: Philipp Yuryev
Cast: Vladimir Onokhov, Kristina Asmus, Arieh Worthalter
Distributor: Film Movement
Fifteen-year-old Leshka lives in an isolated village on the Bering Strait. Like most men where he lives, he is a whale hunter. When internet arrives in the village, Leshka becomes infatuated with a webcam model from America - so far away and yet almost close enough to see across the waters of the Strait. Coming of age in the male-dominated whaling community, Leshka's encounter with this mysterious woman awakens in him a desire to find love outside of the confines of his tiny world.
"There's an almost fable-like simplicity to this atmospheric coming of age story. The film's unfamiliar backdrop is captured vividly and intimately." -Wendy Ide, Screen Daily