Gamer (2011 film)

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Directed byOleg Sentsov
Produced by
  • Oleg Sentsov
  • Olga Zhurzhenko
Written by
  • Oleg Sentsov
  • Vladislav Zhuk
CinematographyEgor Petrik
Eugene Vradiy
Gennady Veselkov
Edited byDmitry Kundryutsky
  • Cry Cinema
Release date
Running time
92 minutes
Budget$20 000[1]
Box office$2 696 [1]

Gamer (Ukrainian: Гамep), alternatively spelt Gámer[2] or Gaamer,[3][4] was a debut feature-length film directed by Oleg Sentsov. It was released in Russian and Ukrainian language[5] 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,[6][7][8] in particular, a premium Russian Guild of Film Critics at the festival Spirit of Fire in Khanty-Mansiysk.[6]


The main character in the film is a teenager named Lyosha, an 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 Lyosha 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, Lyosha gets rid of his gaming devices, and for the first time during the entire film, a smile appears on his face.[6][7]


The film was selected to a number of prestigious international film festivals[9] like Rotterdam and São Paulo with some reviewers evoking comparisons with 400 blows[10] and stating that Sentsov "breaks the barrier that separates cinema from real life.[11] Its box office in Ukraine at the time was minimal, but the film is still accumulating revenue via its online distribution by Rotterdam Unleashed[11] where it can be watched all over the world.


  • Vladislav Zhuk as Lyosha
  • Alexander Fedotov as Bur
  • Zhanna Biryuk as mother

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Гамep
  2. ^ "Russia Sentences Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov to 20 Years in Prison" by Joanna Plucinska. Time, 26 August 2015.
  3. ^ "The 'bright future' of Oleg Sentsov" by Mike Downey. Open Democracy, 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Ukrainian Filmmaker Remains Behind Bars Despite Growing Support" by Lilya Palveleva. Radio Free Europe, 26 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Гамер 2011".
  6. ^ a b c "Западно-восточный диван. GoEast, Висбаден-2012".
  7. ^ a b "Цивилизация в гамер-тайме. "Гамер", режиссер Олег Сенцов".
  8. ^ "На Одеському кінофестивалі показали фільм "Гамер" на підтримку кінорежисера Сенцова".
  9. ^ Gámer, retrieved 4 August 2018
  10. ^ "Gaamer (Gamer)". Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b Gaamer, retrieved 4 August 2018

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