King Lear (Korol Lir)

Director: Denis Klebleev

Language: Russian (English subtitles)

Rating: 4/5

Before there was online streaming, TV, radio, electricity, people were fan girling and boying over their favorite plays. King Lear proves that the theater is not dead and a play written 400 year ago by an Englishman can still inspire loyalty in a 20th century Russian.

The documentary provides us a glimpse into 86 year old Viktor Rotin’s, a retired actor, life and love of/obsession with William Shakespear’s King Lear. Director Klebleev does a great job of piecing together scenes of Viktor’s erratic behavior, to provide a clear glimpse into his personal struggles, while still adding appropriate moments of levity.

King Lear will make its International Premiere at the 2018 Toronto Hot Docs and you can get your tickets now:   

THURSDAY, APRIL 26                    9:00 PM              TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

FRIDAY, APRIL 27                            3:45 PM              SCOTIABANK THEATRE

SUNDAY, MAY 6                               4:30 PM              INNIS TOWN HALL

Denis Klebleev is a filmmaker and cinematographer from Moscow. In 2011 he entered Marina Razbezhkina Documentary Film School. His diploma film 31st Haul (2012) won the Best Feature Film prize at Artdocfest (Moscow) and was also accepted into other film festivals (Hot Docs, Cinema du Reel etc.). His second documentary Strange Particles (2015) premiered at Cinema Du Reel (Paris) where it received 2 prizes. It was also screened at well known international festivals (Hot Docs, Dok-Leizpig, Locarno, Viennale etc.). In 2015 he was the jury member for a short films competition at the Locarno Film Festival.


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