Moscow as a vacuum. Petya and Sasha are best friends, but ever since a mutual acquaintance committed suicide while tripping, their relationship has been strained. The two belong to a seemingly lost generation of 20-somethings who immerse themselves in the here and now of the Russian capital and attempt to break out of their mind-numbing lethargy through partying, sex, consumer goods, drugs or self-harm. The church, the state, and especially their troubled parents are in no condition to serve as role models and have zero chance of reaching them anyways. Mischievous Petya and Sasha make short shrift of any sort of authority, appearing to see themselves as existing in a parallel universe, detached from reality and the consequences of their actions. Alas, they too are going to have to grow up eventually...

With ACID, actor Aleksander Gorchilin has delivered his directorial debut. A member of artistic director Kirill Serebrennikov's Gogol Center ensemble, Gorchilin opted to cast a whole host of his fellow ensemble members for ACID, and their energetic, highly physical performance styles translate fabulously to the big screen. The result is wild cinema of self-discovery, nihilistic and self-destructive.

ACID was awarded the Golden Lily for Best Film at goEast 2019. As the jury emphasised in their statement: "This is a brilliantly written and constructed story, convincing from the beginning through the end in the way it follows its characters in their urban contemporary setting."


Russia 2018, 98 min., Russian OV with German subtitles, FSK: 16 years up
Director: Alexander Gorchilin
Writer: Valery Pecheykin
Camera: Kseniya Sereda
Musik: Vasily Fedorov
Cast: Arina Shevtsova, Filipp Avdeev, Alexander Kuznetsov, Savva Saveliev, Alexandra Rebenok

Picture: DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

Tuesday, 03.09.2019 8:00 pm Caligari FilmBühne, Wiesbaden, OV with subs