Name Me

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Russia | 2014 | 91 minutes | Nigina Sayfullayeva

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Two teenagers pull a spur-of-the-moment prank that has life-changing consequences in this suspenseful drama about fathers and daughters. When drugs, alcohol, and sexual manipulation enter the picture, allegiances shift and warp.

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Two fatherless girls pull a spur-of-the-moment prank that has life-changing consequences in this suspenseful drama. Olya (Marina Vasilyeva), a timid 17-year-old, travels from Moscow to the Crimea with her brazen friend, Sasha (Aleksandra Bortich), to meet her father, Sergey (The Return’s Konstantin Lavronenko), for the first time. At his ramshackle home in the resort town of Alupka, she has second thoughts, so Sasha introduces herself as Olya. Sergey doesn’t bat an eye, leading the girls to feel pretty good about themselves until Sasha’s rude, sexually assertive ways start to grate on the gruff Sergey’s nerves. While he spends his nights engaged in some secretive enterprise, Sasha hangs out with Kirill (Kirill Kaganovich), a local party boy, leaving Olya feeling neglected and alone. Gradually, a tense family dynamic develops with Olya and Sasha competing for the attentions of Kirill and the affections of Sergey. When drugs, alcohol, criminal activity, and sexual manipulation enter the picture, allegiances shift and warp. Vasilyeva and Bortich give deeply felt performances as two young women who will do anything for love and acceptance—even if it means putting the other in harm’s way.

Director Biography
Born in Dushanbe in 1985, Moscow filmmaker Nigina Sayfullaeva graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities in 2005 with a concentration in art history. She directed three short films prior to Name Me, her feature-film debut.

  • Director: Nigina Sayfullayeva
  • Principal Cast: Konstantin Lavronenko, Alexandra Bortich, Marina Vasilieva, Kirill Kaganovich, Anna Kotova
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Russia
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Producer: Igor Tolstunov
  • Screenplay: Lubov Mulmenko, Nigina Sayfullayeva
  • Cinematographers: Mark Ziselson
  • Editors: Vadim Krasnitsky
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2014 (Special Award), Stockholm Film Festival 2014 (Honorable Mention)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Russian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Antipode Sales & Distribution