Filmhouse to distribute The Stoker

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Tue 9 Apr 2013

Filmhouse to distribute The Stoker

Filmhouse is delighted to announce that we will be distributing Alexey Balabanov's film The Stoker (Kochegar). This is Filmhouse's first foray into film distribution and gives this singular film the chance to be seen by audiences UK-wides. Cinemagoers will be able to watch The Stoker from Fri 17 May at selected cinemas across the UK and on the Filmhouse Player four weeks later.

Set in the mid 1990s outside St. Petersburg, The Stoker tells the story of an ethnic Yakut, Major Skryabin, a shell-shocked veteran of the Afghan-Soviet War, who works as a stoker. Living in the incinerator room, the Major shovels coal all day, and fills his spare time writing a novel about a Russian criminal sent into exile in Yakutia in the XIX century, whilst turning a blind eye to his former military comrade-turned-hitman, the Sergeant, who arrives to dispose of bodies. But even our compliant stoker has his limits…
The Stoker is a fascinating, atmospheric, stylistic tour-de-force of idiosyncratic filmmaking. This harsh, disturbing, minimalist, relentlessly evenly-paced, pitch-black comedy/drama gradually and steadily assumes considerable power, as Balabanov deftly teases our expectations, most notably, perhaps, with an ironic jaunty Latin-inflected, electro-folk score which works to perfection.


Empire's review

Piling up corpses around shell-shocked Yakut stoker Mikhail Skryabin, the ever-provocative Alexei Balabanov fashions a dark satire about the cynical lawlessness and consumerist amorality of mid-90s Russia that is made all the more deliciously ironic by the jauntily counterpointing soundtrack. ****

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