In 2008, he formed an experimental actor-director class at the Moscow Art Theatre School, which later became the Seventh Studio, now a Gogol Center full-time resident. From 2011 to 2014, Serebrennikov was the artistic director of the Platform project at the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art. In 2015, the Gogol Center presented Serebrennikov’s play “Idiots” at the Avignon Festival, inspired by the eponymous Lars Von Trier film. In 2016 Kirill Serebrennikov returned to Avignon to present “Dead Souls” based on the classic novel by Nikolai Gogol. He is the first Russian director to participate in the event for over a decade, and two years in a row.
In 2016, THE STUDENT premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, and was awarded the Francois Chalais prize. LETO is his first feature to be presented in Cannes’ main competition.
On August 23 2017, Kirill Serebrennikov was arrested during production, as LeETO was reaching the end of principal photography. He has since then been in Moscow, where he edited his film under house arrest.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Kirill Serebrennikov
Written by: Mikhail Idov, Lily Idova, Kirill Serebrennikov
Produced by: Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Charles-Evrard Tchekhoff
Cinematography: Vladislav Opelyants
Production Design: Andrey Ponkratov
Costume Design: Tatiana Dolmatovskaya
Hair & Make-up: Tamara Frid
Sound Design: Boris Voyt
Visual Effects: Yurii Karih
Main Cast: Philipp Avdeev (Lenya), Roma Zver (Mike), Irina Starshenbaum (Natasha), Teo Yoo (Viktor)
Nominations and Awards
- European Production Designer 2018
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2018