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Tender's Heat. Wild Wild Beach
IDFA 2006

Tender's Heat. Wild Wild Beach

Zar nezhnykh. Dikyi, dikyi plyazh
Alexander Rastorguev, Susanna Baranzhieva, Vitaly Mansky
Russia
2006
125 min
World Premiere
Festival history
IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary
According to a drunk, middle-aged woman who always wanted to be an actress, "Happiness is when someone understands you, when someone loves you." Her equally inebriated boyfriend is so jealous that he smacks her time and again. Director Alexander Rastorguev follows the tragicomic couple during their summer holiday by the sea. But he also directs his camera at other seaside visitors, like the man earning a living on the beach with a camel, a young womaniser, and a dwarf getting married to a young woman. They are all spending the summer on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. Rastorguev observes man in all of his manifestations: fat, thin, young, old, drunk, dancing, singing, having sex and bathing in mud or in the sea. Even President Putin makes an appearance, clad in casual clothes. Quite a few fortune-seekers at the resort get caught up in a daily carrousel of sex, booze and aggression. When a corpse washes ashore, several people say they would also like to drown in the sea. It is no surprise that the soundtrack repeatedly plays a song of longing, about a small boat all alone at sea: "What is it looking for so far from home? Not happiness, but a typhoon."
Credits
Screening copy
    Vertov & Co
    Vertov & Co
World Sales
    Deckert Distribution GmbH
    Deckert Distribution GmbH
Co-production
    Ma.ja.de Filmproduktions GmbH
    Ma.ja.de Filmproduktions GmbH
Involved TV Channel
    ARD/WDR
    ARD/WDR