2021 / 106’ / Color /Russia

Director: Aleksey German Jr.

Screenplay: Aleksey German Jr. , Maria Ogneva

Cinematographer: Ivan Burlakov

diting : Vladimir Moss

Cast: Merab Ninidze,Roza Khairullina,Anna Mikhalkova,Anastasia Melnikova,Svetlana Khodchenkova,Alexander Pal,Anastasia Talyzina,Yuri Utkin,Alexandra Bortich, Li Tsyazuan

Producer: Artem Vasilyev

Production: Metrafilms, Outrageous Film Company,All Media (a START Company),LM Media

Distribution: Bir Film 


2020 Talinn Best Director

2021 Santa Barbara Best Film


David, a university professor, takes to social media to criticize his city’s administration. But instead of the mayor’s dodgy dealings being investigated, David is himself accused of embezzlement and placed under house arrest. Despite the overbearing surveillance, double-crossing acquaintances, and growing media interest, David remains defiant and will not apologise. With the court case drawing ever nearer, does David have any hope of winning this battle against Goliath? 


Aleksey German Jr., born in 1976, grew up in St. Petersburg. He studied at the VGIK Russian State University of Cinematography in Moscow from 1996 to 2001. His debut feature The Last Train was selected at the Venice Film Festival, as well as his next film Garpastum. With Paper Soldier, his third feature, he won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2008. Under Electric Clouds was awarded the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at Berlin International Film Festival in 2015. In 2018, Dovlatov, German’s fifth feature, was awarded the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to filmmaking for production and costume design. House Arrest, German’s sixth feature, was selected in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021