by Alexey German Jr.



DOVLATOV charts six days in the life of brilliant, ironic writer who saw far beyond the rigid limits of 70s Soviet Russia.

Sergei Dovlatov fought to preserve his own talent and decency with poet and writer Joseph Brodsky while watching his Soviet artist friends getting crushed by the iron-willed state machinery.


Russia /Poland/Serbia  2018  126mn  2.39:1  5.1  Russian

Written by

Alexey German Jr. & Yulia Tupikina

Produced by

SAGa films, Metrafilms and First Channel (Russia)

Co-produced by

Message film (Poland), Art&Popcorn (Serbia) with the support of Eurimages


Milan MARIC (Sergei Dovlatov)

Helena SUJECKA (Elena Dovlatova)

Danila KOZLOVSKY (David)

Artur BESCHASTNY (Joseph Brodsky)

Anton SHAGIN (Anton Kuznetsov)


Cinematographer – Lukasz ZAL
Editor –  Sergey IVANOV & Darya GLADYSHEVA
Sound Design – Ivan GUSAKOV
Production Design – Elena OKOPNAYA
Costumes – Elena OKOPNAYA

Filmography (Feature Lenghts)

Under Electric Clouds (2015) – 65th Berlinale Film Festival – Competition – Silver Bear Award for Oustanding Artistic Contribution

Crush (segment “Kim”) (2009)

Paper Soldier (2008) – 65th Venice Film Festival – Silver Lion for Best Director & Best Cinematography

Garpastum (2005) – 62th Venice Film Festival – Competition – Nika Award for Best Director

The Last Train (2003) –  60th Venice Film Festival – Luigi de Laurentis Award

Festivals & Awards

  • Berlinale 2018, Germany – Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement & Morgen post Readers Award
  • Sofia IFF, Bulgaria
  • Vilnius IFF, Lithuania
  • Hong Kong IFF,
  • Istanbul FF, Turkey
  • LET’S CEE FF, Austria – Competition
  • Istanbul IFF 2018 – Best of The Fests
  • Fajr IFF, Iran- International Competition – Best Director Award, Critics Choice Award
  • Jeonju IFF, South Korea
  • Neisse FF, Germany
  • Film by the Sea, Netherlands
  • Telluride, USA
  • Haifa IFF, Israel
  • Film Fest Gent, Belgium
  • Geneva IFF, Switzerland
  • Ljubljana IFF, Slovenia
  • Goa IFF, India
  • Jewish FF in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Kerala IFF, India
  • Panorama of  European Cinema in Athens, Greece
  • Laceno d’Oro, Italy, Premio alla carriera “Laceno d’oro” for Alexey German Jr

Press Quotes

“Milan Maric brings a commanding wit to his portrayal of writer Sergei Dovlatov in the new dense and formally rigorous film from Alexei German, Jr.”BFI

“Working for the first time with Ida cinematographer Lukasz Zal, the director once again delivers enthralling choreographed tracking shots that add a Fellini-esque overlay to straightforward depictions of reality, making the film a visual treat.”Variety

“This stylistically distinctive film, artistically soft-spoken as it is, nevertheless figures as a cri de coeur for our own era, in Russia and elsewhere: if art and the belief in art diminish, we all lose unimaginably.”Screen