In this fiction documentary hybrid, Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm investigate why storytelling is an essential aspect of Etgar Keret’s life.
“A provocative coming-of-age drama.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Erotically charged Natasha centres on a Soviet-era Jewish immigrant family and their new life in suburban Toronto. Sixteen-year-old Mark Berman is a small time weed dealer with a fondness for Nietzsche and porn. When his uncle comes home with a new Russian bride and her rebellious daughter from Moscow, Mark not only gains a new aunt and cousin, but a wild companion with a mysterious past. Mark’s mum tasks him with keeping his new cousin, Natasha, company. Proving increasingly difficult due to both Natasha’s Lolita-like precociousness and their blazing sexual tension, the young couple begin a forbidden romance that dispels their summer angst. In this East meets West clash of cultures, Bezmozgis perfectly captures the first and second generation immigrant experience from the Soviet Union and the intense vulnerability of adolescence.
96 mins / English, Russian (English subtitles)
Director — David Bezmozgis