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Moscow, 1986. Meet Boris Fishkin, a gawky adolescent who loves to dance ballet. He lives with his mother Larissa, who gives private lessons at home, in English – among other things. Boris is industrious, with an active imagination. However, his accomplishments on the dance floor don’t match his dreams, and he is in danger of being dismissed from the ballet academy at the Bolshoi Theater. When one of his mother's «students» gives him a VHS of the film WHITE NIGHTS, starring Soviet defector and virtuous danser Mikhail Baryshnikov, Boris is fascinated. He becomes obsessed with the idea that this man could, in fact must be, the father he has never known, and who is never mentioned by the family.

Perestrojka, disco, breakdance, jeans on the black market – the period details provide a specific dimension for this coming-of-age story, but the message is universal: Our thoughts are free, and our dreams are life itself.

Program: 
Orginal title: 
MOY PAPA BARYSHNIKOV
Director: 
Dmitrij Povolotskij
Screenplay: 
Dmitrij Povolotskij
Photography: 
Sergej Mokrotiskij
Actors: 
Dmitrij Viskubenko, Anna Mikhalkova, Vladimir Kasputin, Ilya Rutberg
Year: 
2011
Country: 
Russia
Sales: 
Film Co Novje Lyudi
Director info: 

Dmitrij Povolotskij studied ballet at Juilliard in New York, and choreography in Moscow. He danced at The Metropolitan Opera in New York for seven years before he decided to study film at Columbia University. The self-biographical MY FATHER BARYSHNIKOV is his feature film debut.