N/C 15+ THE HUMORIST
2019 | Dir Michael Idov | 102mins | Russia Latvia Czechoslovakia
In the midst of the collapsing USSR, the favorite stand-up comedian of the regime begins challenging censorship.
In 1984 Soviet Union, Boris, a Russian-Jewish stand-up comedian, is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities. Fame, combined with lack of personal freedom, is driving him crazy. Once the leaders who dictate what he can and can’t joke about summon him to their villa, the comedian snaps. Armed with the exotic American notion of insult humor, he takes his revenge. Russian with English subtitles.
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Film run ends on 25 April 2021.