A plumber’s assistant, honest and idealistic Dima devotes his free time studying to fulfill his dream of becoming an engineer. Leaving his family at home one evening, he goes to a seemingly derelict building housing the city’s poor to investigate a leak. What he finds is much worse, however, and he realizes that the 800 tenants need to be evacuated immediately. Requiring municipal authorization, he goes to see the mayor, where he discovers that other interests come before those of ordinary citizens. Dima spends the night chasing the corrupt in order to save those whom everyone has forgotten. In Bykov’s dark view of contemporary Russia, “Kafka meets The Sopranos as Bykov creates a murky yet absurdist world of deep secrets and unmarked graves.”—Variety.

THE FOOL screens Wednesday, February 11 at 9pm at the Roseway Theater, Friday, February 13 at 5:45pm at Regal Fox Tower 10, and Thursday, February 19 at 8:30pm at Cinema 21 as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.

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