Cert: 15 – Contains strong sex references.
Kirill Serebrennikov / Russia 2016 / 1h55m / Digital / Russian with English subtitles
Cast: Pyotr Skvortsov, Viktoriya Isakova, Aleksandr Gorchilin, Yuliya Aug.
An award-winner at Cannes 2016, writer-director Kirill Serebrennikov's scintillating, satirical 'The Student' draws inspiration from German playwright Marius von Mayenburg's 'Martyr'. Set in contemporary Russia, our protagonist Veniamin (Pytor Skvortsov) is a high school student whose fundamentalist Christian convictions lead him to the conclusion that the world has been lost to evil. Armed with an arsenal of scripture and a zeal bordering on mania, he begins to challenge the morals and values of classmates, teachers and family. With the establishment scrambling to accommodate his beliefs, will anyone dare to challenge him?