Director: Boris Khlebnikov
Cast: Alexander Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva, Nikolai Shraiber, Maxim Lagashkin
Arrhythmia took out the major prize for Best Film at Russia’s Kinotavr in June of this year and then went on to make its international debut at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where its male lead Alexander Yatsenko won the best actor prize. Yatsenko stars as Oleg, a gifted and opinionated paramedic. His wife Katya works at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She has had enough of his lackadaisical attitude and wants a divorce. Oleg’s new boss is a cold-hearted manager who’s got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn’t care less about the rules - he’s got lives to save. Caught between emergency calls, alcohol-fuelled off-shifts and search for a meaning in life, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that keeps them together. This hard-hitting art-house drama is an emotionally powerful portrait of modern day Russian relationships.