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Boris Ryzhy - the movie

“Ugliness is beauty that cannot be contained within the soul”
A film by Aliona van der Horst
      created with Maasja Ooms

Russian Poet Boris Ryzhy was handsome, talented and famous. So why did he end his own life at the age of 26? A quest to find the answer takes the filmmaker to the notorious neighbourhood in the cold industrial city of Yekaterinenburg where Boris grew up...

"A loving portrait, a multi-layered, daring documentary. Everything comes to life: his poetry, his own person, his family and friends, and the times in which he lived. It is a monument to Boris Ryzhy and his contemporaries."

Ingrid Harms, journalist - Vrij Nederland

awards


SILVER WOLF - Best Documentary - IDFA 2008
DDG AWARD - Most outstandingly directed film of the year - 2008
JURY AWARD - International Festival Art Films - Montreal 2009
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD - Edinburgh 2009
FILM CRITIC’S AWARD - Dutch Film Festival - 2009

screenings


FIFA MONTREAL
BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
HOTDOCS
DOCUMENTA MADRID
FESTIVAL EDOC EQUADOR
PLANETE DOC
POLAND
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LEMESOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CYPRUS
INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF SOC. FILM SIGHTS
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA
RHODOS ECOFILMS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GREECE
DOKUFEST KOSOVO
ART DOKFEST MOSCOW