The Student (2016)
DIRECTOR: Kirill Serebrennikov
CAST: Petr Skvortsov, Victoria Isakova, Julia Aug, Aleksandr Gorchilin, Aleksandra Revenko
Captivating audiences at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was the latest offering from award-winning Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov. Veniamin, a teenager in the midst of a spiritualcrisis, has his entire life turned upside down by his own interpretation of the Bible and questions such as whether girls can go to swimming classes in bikinis, if sex education has a place in school and should the theory of evolution be taught as part of the Natural Sciences. Soon all the adults are overwhelmed by the certitudes of the youngster who swears only by Scripture. No one but Elena, his biology teacher, will challenge him on his own ground.