The world premiere of Boris Yukhananov and Alexander Shein's film

13 July 2017

The world premiere of Boris Yukhananov and Alexander Shein's documentary Nazidanie (producers Gia Lordkipanidze, Alexander Rodnyansky, Alexander Shein, Cinema Group 2PLAN2) will take place as an entry in the 70th Locarno International Film Festival. The program was announced July 12, 2017; the festival itself will run from August 2 to 12, 2017, in Switzerland.


2017, 2 hours, 28 minutes
The main characters of the film are Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi, participants in the most scandalous episode in the history of football. During extra time of the final match of the 2006 World Cup, pitting France against Italy, the French leader, superstar Zidane, for some unknown reason took a running start and head-butted Materazzi in the chest. Zidane was sent off the field and, as a result, the French lost the match on penalties. This head-butt and the unexpected loss were now bound together in the minds of sports fans forever. But the burning question - why did it happen? – has never been properly answered. After thoroughly studying the lives of the participants in this match, the filmmakers reveal an amazing story: The 2006 World Cup appears to us in the form of a play “directed by the Creator”.
Soccer is sanctified.
“Restrain yourselves!” This is the pithy, generalized message of the film.
The film was made using the "found footage" technique, with the addition of fragments of animation.

Conceived by Boris Yukhananov

Directed by Boris Yukhananov and Alexander Shein
Screenplay by Boris Yukhananov, with the participation of Ilya Permyakov
Produced by Gia Lordkipanidze, Alexander Rodnyansky, Alexander Shein, Cinema group 2PLAN2
Original music composed by Alexander Belousov


The Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland) is one of the oldest festivals in the world. Like Cannes, it is celebrating its 70th birthday. Among the main events this year are the celebration of avant-garde cinematic classic Jean-Marie Straub, the premiere of the never-before-shown Raoul Ruiz film La Telenovela Errante, and the screening of a restored copy of Jean-Luc Godard's Rise and Fall of a Little Film Company (1986) starring Jean-Pierre Léaud. Locarno has always been attentive to Russian cinema. Memorable Russian screenings here have included Alexei German’s My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1987, special prize), The Lonely Voice of Man by Alexander Sokurov (1988, Bronze Leopard), and Nikolai Dostal's Cloud-Paradise (1991, Silver Leopard). In recent years, honorary Leopards for contribution to cinema have been awarded to Kira Muratova (1994), Alexander Sokurov (2006) and Marlen Khutsiev (2015). Nazidanie is the only Russian feature-length film at Locarno 2017. Its world premiere will be held in the official non-competition program.


Boris Yukhananov is a theater and film director. He has been the artistic director of the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre since 2013. A key figure of the Soviet artistic underground in the 1980s, he was one of the founders of the "parallel cinema" movement (1986), which is also known as the CINE FANTOM brand (magazine, newspaper, festival, film and video production studio, the first Russian film club). Yukhananov was the founder of Theatre-Theatre, the first independent theater company in the USSR (1985). With this group he created the video project The Mad Prince Video Novel in 1000 Cassettes (1986-1993). Since 1986 he has staged more than 40 performances on various stages. His production of the opera Octavia. Trepanation (composed by Dmitri Kourliandski) had its world premiere in June at the 70th Holland Festival in Amsterdam.

Alexander Shein is a director and producer. He was born in 1976 in Moscow and he graduated from the Boris Golubovsky studio at GITIS, and the Vladimir Naumov studio at VGIK. With Gia Lordkipanidze and Viktor Taknov he created the 2PLAN2 Cinema Group in 1999. 2PLAN2 produces feature and documentary films, television series and interdisciplinary projects. Shein has directed the films VMAYAKOVSKY (2017), Nazidanie (2017), Timur Novikov. Zero Object (2014), Vinogradov Dubosarsky. Painting to Order (2009) and others.

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