Leave of Absence

Russia 2019
fiction, drama
Director Anton Sazonov
Scriptwriter Anton Sazonov
DOP Aidar Sharipov
Producer Mikhail Marizov, Ekaterina Telegina, Anton Sazonov, Vadim Byrkin, Anastasia Pelevina, Jelena Iljushenok
Cast Andrius Darela, Alexander Zotov, Daria Rumyantseva, Ion Doze
2019 Locarno Film Festival (Pardi di domani Best Direction Prize (PIANIFICA))
2020 Sundance Film Festival
2020 Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers
2020 Kino Pavasaris Vilnius Film Festival
2020 Tabor Film Festival
2020 Beach Film Festival
2020 ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival
2020 Telluride Film Festival
2020 Bali International Short Film Festival
2020 Figari Film Festival
2020 Black Canvas Contemporary Film Festival
2020 Pacific Meridian Film Festival
2020 Izmir International Short Film Festival
2020 Raindance
2020 Zagreb Film Festival
2020 Winter Apricots
2021 Minimalen Short Film Festival
2021 Tehran International Short Film Festival
In Russia, supressed masculinity has led to a feeling of unfulfillment as men feel that the country rejects them, leading to a drastic decline in male life expectancy.

Anton Sazonov

Born in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) in 1989, Anton Sazonov obtained a degree in economics before he graduated from the Pro Arte School of Art Journalism. He also finished a directing course at the Moscow Film School, in the class of Alexey Popogrebsky. The short film The Impasse (2017) is his graduation work from film school. He won the Pardi Di Domani Best Direction Prize (PIANIFICA) for his second short Leave of absence (2019) at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival.