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SFFILM Festival

The Whaler Boy

Directed by Philipp Yuryev

Russian Federation | Fiction | 93

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Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


The internet brings the outside world to an isolated Russian whaling village, where teenage Leshka falls under the spell of a viral vixen’s come-hither charms. Seeking to turn his fantasy into reality, he plots an escape to America. Vladimir Onokhov makes an arresting screen debut as Leshka, imbuing the boy with amiability, wistfulness, and growing frustration at the impossibility of his situation. In his first feature, writer/director Philipp Yuryev delivers an involving coming-of-age tale shot through with offbeat humor and surprising pathos.

Director Philipp Yuryev

Philipp Yuryev is a Russian writer and director who makes his feature debut with The Whaler Boy. He previously made a short film, The Song of the Mechanical Fish (2013).

Film Details

Language Russian, English

Original Language Title Kitoboy

Year 2020

Premiere US

Runtime 93

Country Russia/Poland/Belgium

Director Philipp Yuryev

Producer Aleksey Uchitel

Executive Producer Elena Bystrova, Pavel Gorin

Writer Philipp Yuryev

Editor Alexandr Krylov, Karolina Maciejewska, Philipp Yuryev

Cinematographer Mikhail Khursevich, Yakov Mironichev

Music Krzysztof A. Janczak

Cast Vladimir Onokhov, Kristina Asmus, Vladimir Lyubimtsev