Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lost and Found

FI 2003. D: Kanerva Cederström. 55 min. In Russian with Finnish subtitles by Jukka Mallinen. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki (Kanerva Cederström), 13 Oct 2010

A documentary portrait on Konstantin Gontcharov who moved to Finland in 1992 having had to endure persecution as a homosexual in Moscow. Now he is a nurse of elderly psychiatric patients, a colourful presence in the Helsinki gay scene, a loner in the Russian and Greek Orthodox circles, and a cabaret performer. A fascinating and intimate portrait. On 35 mm film but looks largely like it's shot on video.

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