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Netherlands, 2008, 59'
Aliona van der Horst
Russian with Turkish and English subtitles

The Russian poet Boris Ryzhy (1974-2001) was handsome, gifted, and achieved already considerable literary fame in his country. He is seen as the voice of the Last Soviet Generation. So why did he take his own life at the age of 26? A quest to find the answer takes the filmmaker to the criminal neighborhood in the cold industrial city of Yekaterinburg where Boris grew up. What emerges is a penetrating portrait of the Perestroika generation, who lost all-purpose, becoming a generation of criminals and bodyguards. But despite all, Ryzhy loved this unhappy world, populated half by prisoners and half by their guards. He tried to transform its ugliness into the philosophers’ gold of poetic prosody.