My Father Baryshnikov

My Father Baryshnikov  {Moy papa Baryshnikov}
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My Father Baryshnikov
Moy papa Baryshnikov
Russia, 2011, 88 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Dance/Music, Jewish Interest
Program: World Cinema
Language: Russian English Sub-Titles

The story of a ballet-obsessed Moscow adolescent boy growing up during the Perestroika era who pretends his father is really Mikhail Baryshnikov, writer-director Dmitry Povolotsky's semi-autobiographical film is an endearing crowd-pleaser. Set in Moscow circa 1986, the plot pivots around Boris Fishkin, a scrawny, underdeveloped 14-year-old whose Jewish surname sets him slightly apart from his peers at his performing-arts academy. He lives with his mother, who tutors others in English and Russian and occasionally sleeps with some of her clients. At school, Boris demonstrates lots of enthusiasm for dancing, but rather less natural skill and strength. When one of his mother's American "students" gives him a banned VHS copy of White Nights, Boris watches the ballet scenes repeatedly and tries to copy Baryshnikov's moves. Half out of childish fantasy, half out of a desire to impress, he tells his classmates he's really Baryshnikov's illegitimate son, and when his pirouettes begin to improve, everyone starts to believe him. As Variety suggested, think Billy Eliot meet Goodbye Lenin! and you won’t be far wrong, even if that fails to convey the film’s subtler, more poignant flavors.

DIRECTOR: Dmitri Povolotsky
Producer: Ulyana Savelieva, Nataliya Mokritskaya
Editor: Olga Greenshpun
Screenwriter: Dmitry Povolotsky
Cinematographer: Sergei Mokritskiy
Music: Alexander Manotskov
Principal Cast: Dmitri Viskubenko, Anna Mikhalkova, Vladimir Kasputin, Ilya Rutberg, Marina Politseimako, Lyudmilla Titova
Filmography: Debut feature
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