Russia, 2019, 18+
about the film
  • Director
    Alexander Lungin
  • Production
    Pavel Lungin’s Workshop
    with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
  • Producers
    Violetta Krechetova
    Sergei Osepiay
    Sergei Shtern
    Artem Vasiliev
    Pavel Lungin
    Dmitri Gorelik
    Ivan Grodetsky
    Sofia Kvashilava
  • Cast
    Alexander Kuznetsov
    Alexei Filimonov
    Fedor Lavrov
    Evgeny Syty
    Elena Makhova
    Alexandra Topuriya
“Great Poetry” is about two guys who live on the outskirts of Moscow and work as cash collectors. They’re young, lonely, and all they have in the world is each other. They spend their lives moving money for other people. They attend a poetry class at the local cultural center and watch cockfights at a dorm for migrant workers. Their attempts at finding poetry in the prosaic world around lead them to the conclusion that the only poetic move they can make is to rob a bank.

The film isn’t about words or rhymes. It’s about friendship and betrayal, and about our vicious and alien world in which anyone who tries to be honest and consistent ends up looking naive and cruel. It’s about the everpresent and incomprehensible force that — in spite of everything — makes our life so frantic, strange, and lonely.