69th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Out of Competition
How is it possible to feel someone else’s pain? The hero of this film is an autistic boy. His life is divided between an apartment with peeling walls on the outskirts of a large city, and a mental hospital. Anton comes into the frame when he is on the point of becoming a patient at a residential neuropsychiatric institution, a place where people with the sort of diagnosis that he has do not live long. The author, the camera, the hero. The distance between them shrinks with every passing minute, and the author has to enter the shot and become a character in the story. However, it is not a story about how one person helped another, but about how one person recognized herself in another. About how there is Another who lives in each of us and must be destroyed every day inside of us in order to survive.
language: Russian - s/t English, Italian
(documentary) Anton Kharitonov, Rinata Kharitonova, Vladimir Kharitonov
I remember how shocked I was when I read an essay written by Anton, my future hero. “People.” I read it over and over, and suddenly I understood that some words were repeated at almost equal intervals: “people endure,” “people don’t endure,” “people will endure”. And in the end, “People are finite. People fly.” I thought then that it was a model of real human life. I asked what kind of text that was. “These are texts written by autistic people.” “What are autistic people?” We tried to find a way out of a utterly hopeless situation our hero found himself in—and the solution took four years to find. We were filming everything that took place in those four years.