CLOSING NIGHT GALA:
dmitrii davydov | russia | 2016 | 85 MIN | dramatic feature
Sunday 23 October 2016 | 7:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
North American Premiere
Dmitrii Davidov brings us a remarkable debut feature film about a father’s love. Deep in the Sakha Republic in eastern Siberia, Ignat is a hard-working widower who keeps to himself and tries to do the right thing. When his son accidently kills his own cousin, Ignat’s brother Mikhail blames him for raising a killer, causing a deep rift between siblings. When his son is taken away, Ignat is left in a world of grief as he tries to make amends for his son’s accidental crime. But when Chipmunk – a young boy who is neglected by his parents – enters Ignat’s world, he finds solace in his presence and tries to teach him the things he could not give his son. As an unlikely friendship blossoms and Ignat finds a new love, it seems as if everything is changing for the better, but unbeknownst to them Mikhail’s anger over his son’s death is brewing, and his vengeance threatens to turn a happy ending into tragedy.
Dmitrii Davidov (Yakut) was born in Amga, a village in Yakutia (in Russia). From his early years, Dmitrii was writing poems and short stories. Love of literature turned into passion for cinema. He's always been socially active and has acted in amateur performances. He graduated from the Pedagogical Institute and worked previously as a psychologist before his current day-job as a school director. At this school, Dmitrii created a youth club where students are given the means to make their first music videos and short films. Good knowledge of rural way of life in Yakutia, and his understandings of villagers’ realities, helped him to write and later to shoot, Bonfire, which is his debut feature film, which has its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea.