The Whaler Boy

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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Indigenous Voices
Release Year:2020
Runtime:93 min
Print Source:Film Movement
Director:Philipp Yuryev
Producer:Aleksey Uchitel
Cinematographer:Mikhail Kursevich
Yakov Mironchev
Screenwriter:Philipp Yuryev
Editor:Karolina Maciejewska
Alexander Krylov
Philipp Yuryev
Composer:Krzysztof A. Janczac
Principal Cast:Vladimir Onokhov
Kristina Asmus
Vladimir Lyubimtsev
Nikolay Tatato
Arieh Worthalter
Maria Chuprinskaya


Leshka lives in an isolated village on the Bering Strait, which is located between Chukotka and Alaska and divides Russia from America. He is a teenager, and like most men in his village, he is a whale hunter who leads an uneventful life out at the far edge of the world. But the internet’s recent arrival in Leshka’s village means the predominantly male population now gathers nightly in a shed to watch gorgeous girls dance on the screen of a constantly buffering erotic webcam chat site.

For most of the guys, it's just a bit of fun, but Leshka takes it seriously. He encounters a beautiful girl on the chat site and falls in love with her. Leshka determines to find the camgirl in the real world. A crazy journey, shown with breathtaking cinematography and a soupçon of surrealism, ensues. Venice Days Director’s Award; Best Director, Best Actor, Sochi Film Festival; Best Film, Pingyao Film Festival. (Alissa Simon)

Director Biography

Philipp Yuryev Born in 1990 in Moscow, Philipp Yuryev and is a director and screenwriter. His short film “The Song of the Mechanical Fish (Pesnya mekhanicheskoy ryby)” (2013) screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The Whaler Boy (Kitoboy) (2020) is his debut feature.