RIGA: The Berlin-based sales agent M-appeal picked up Michael Idov’s black comedy The Humorist. This Russian/Latvian/Czech coproduction was shot in Latvia and it is presented at Berlinale’s European Film Market.
The debut feature by Michael Idov follows a week in the life of Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comedian in 1984. Boris is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities that poison all his relationships.
Aleksey Agranovich, Alisa Khazanova and Yuri Kolokolnikov play the main characters.
The film was produced by Russia’s Metrafilms in coproduction with Latvia’s Tasse Film and Sirena Film from the Czech Republic. The film was supported by Eurimages, the National Film Centre of Latvia, the Riga Film Fund, the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Czech Film Fund.