As an appetiser for the upcoming Easter Edition of the festival, Grimmfest is delighted to be teaming up with Sovereign to co-host a special screening of PETROV’S FLU, the latest work from Russian cinematic controversialist Kirill Serebrennikov (Leto, The Student).
With the city in the throes of a flu epidemic, the Petrov family struggles through yet another day in a country where the past is never past, the present is a booze-fueled, icy fever dream of violence and tenderness, and where – beneath layers of the ordinary – things turn out to be quite extraordinary. Set somewhere between reality and imagination, PETROV’S FLU is a visually arresting experience: rough, funny, violent and psychedelic, and yet tender and poetic
A ferocious phantasmagoria of pandemics, paranoia, political oppression and the persistence of memory, based on the acclaimed novel THE PETROVS IN AND AROUND THE FLU by Alexey Salnikov, it’s a surreal and satiric sensory assault, challenging and confrontational, alternately deadpan and darkly funny, remorselessly brutal, and surprisingly tender; an epic and immersive depiction of a hapless Russian comic book artist and his family, adrift in post-Soviet Russia, and in their own increasingly fragmented sense of reality. The screening will feature a specially recorded introduction from Kirill Serebrennikov, and a Q&A between the director and TIME OUT critic Dave Calhoun.
Petrov’s Flu screens at the ODEON GREAT NORTHERN, MANCHESTER, UK – TUESDAY 22TH FEBRUARY – 7.30 PM