The film shows several days from the life of a young and so far unknown writer Sergei Dovlatov in 1970s Leningrad, on the eve of his friend’s immigration, the future Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky. Dovlatov like many other banned writers and artists in the USSR attempts to live a normal life: to write, to mend fences with his daughter, to get a job, alas, each day it becomes more and more difficult. In a series of life conflicts, intermittently funny and soul-piercing, we discover for ourselves the life of an insightful, brilliant, ironic and very talented individual who tries to preserve decency and talent in spite of the will of the state machinery.

Alexey German Jr.
Alexey German Jr., Yulia Tupikina
Łukasz Żal
Sergey Ivanov, Darya Gladysheva
Set decoration:
Elena Okopnaya
Costume design:
Elena Okopnaya
Make up:
Natalya Ratkevich
Sound design:
Ivan Gusakov
Milan Marić, Danila Kozlovsky, Helena Sujecka, Artur Beschastny, Anton Shagin, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Elena Lyadova, Piotr Gąsowski, Eva Gerr
Dariusz Jabłoński, Izabela Wójcik, Violeta Kamińska, Miroslav Mogorovich, Rushan Nasibulin, Eduard Pichugin, Maxim Lojevsky
Production company:
METRAFILMS, Message Film, Art&Popcorn
Executive producer:
Andrey Savelyev, Artyom Vasilev, Konstantin Ernst
Supported by:
Polish Film Institue, Eurimages, Russian Federation Ministry of Culture, Russian Film Fund, Filmski Centar Srbije
World sales:
Alpha Violet,
Berlinale 2018 Competition, world premiere