THE WHALER BOY

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THE WHALER BOY

Directed by Philipp Yuryev | Russia, Poland, Belgium | In Russian and English 

15-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. He becomes determined to meet her in real life, setting forth on a dangerous adventure across the raging waters of the sea. Featuring stunning photography of the dramatic landscape, and punctuated by off-kilter humor, “there’s an almost fable-like simplicity to this atmospheric coming of age story” (Screen Daily) about the division between two worlds. Drama. 90 minutes. NR.

‘A QUIETLY ABSORBING STORY FROMA PART OF THE WORLD THAT’S RARELY SEEN ON FILM.” OLIVER JOHNSTON, THE UPCOMING