Gamer (2011 film)
|Directed by||Oleg Sentsov|
|Edited by||Dmitry Kundryutsky|
|Box office||$2 696 |
Gamer (Ukrainian: Гамep), alternatively spelt Gámer or Gaamer, was a debut feature-length film directed by Oleg Sentsov. It was released in Russian and Ukrainian language in 2011. He tells of a young gamer, who lives with his mother in Simferopol. The premiere was held in 2012 in Rotterdam. The film participated in several international film festivals and was a highly marked by the professional community, in particular, a premium Russian Guild of Film Critics at the festival Spirit of Fire in Khanty-Mansiysk.
The main character in the film is a teenager named Lyoscha - enthusiastic computer games player, spending all his time in special clubs. Following his passion, he almost did not pay attention to others: neither to his mother, who was distressed by the fact that her son had dropped out of studies, nor to his girlfriend Katya, who was in love with him, nor to any of his friends. In an environment of professional gamers Lyoscha becomes one of the best, followed by victories in multiple competitions. In an effort to become the best he embarks on an international gaming tournament in Los Angeles, but he takes only the second place. After returning home, Lyoscha gets rid of his gaming devices, and for the first time during the entire film, a smile appears on his face.
The film was selected to a number of prestigious international film festivals like Rotterdam and Sao Paulo with some reviewers evoking comparisons with 400 blows and stating that Sentsov "breaks the barrier that separates cinema from real life. Its boxoffice in Ukraine at the time was minimal, but the film is still accumulating revenue via its online distribution by Rotterdam Unleashed where it can be watched all over the world.
- Vladislav Zhuk as Lyosha
- Alexander Fedotov as Bur
- Zhanna Biryuk as mother
Awards and nominations
- São Paulo International Film Festival — Best Foreign Film (nom)
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- "The 'bright future' of Oleg Sentsov" by Mike Downey. Open Democracy, 17 February 2015.
- "Ukrainian Filmmaker Remains Behind Bars Despite Growing Support" by Lilya Palveleva. Radio Free Europe, 26 June 2014.
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