RHINO

A film by Oleh Sentsov
RHINO
A film by Oleh Sentsov
The world premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Orizzonti section

Synopsis

Starting out as an aggressive delinquent, a young man nicknamed “Rhino” quickly works his way up the criminal hierarchy in 1990’s Ukraine. Rhino has only known power and cruelty, but with nothing left to lose, could he finally find a chance at redemption?

ABOUT & TEAM

WRITER AND DIRECTOR
Oleh Sentsov
GENRE
Criminal drama
COUNTRIES
Ukraine, Poland, Germany
RUNTIME
101 minutes
GENERAL PRODUCERS
Denis Ivanov, Oleh Sentsov
PRODUCERS
Dariusz Jabłoński, Violetta Kamińska, Izabela Wójcik (Poland)
Heino Deckert, Tina Börner (Germany)
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Bogumił Godfrejów PSC
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Yuriy Grigorovich
CASTING
Anastasiia Chorna
COSTUME DESIGNER
Kostiantyn Kravets
MAKE-UP ARTIST
Svitlana Polikashkina
PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER
Patrick Veigel, bvft
SOUND DESIGN AND MIX
Michael Kaczmarek
EDITING
Karolina Maciejewska
COMPOSER
Andriy Ponomariov
FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Alex Osadchenko

DIRECTOR

Oleh Sentsov was born on 13 July 1976 in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine.


Gamer, his first feature, debuted at the RotterdamInternational Film Festival in 2012. His next project RHINO was awarded as BEST PROJECT and BEST PITCHING at 9th Sofia Meetings 2012. Production of the project was planned for 2014.


After the November 2013 breakout of the Euromaidan protests, Sentsov became an activist of "AutoMaidan" and during the 2014 Crimean crisis Sentsov was arrested by the FSB, charged with planning terrorist attacks and brought to Moscow. Despite a complete lack of evidence, he was unlawfully sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment, giving rise to a global campaign for his release. In 2018, he received the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, before being finally released on September 7, 2019, as part of a prisoner exchange deal between Russia and Ukraine.

The film Numbers (2020) based on Sentsov's eponymous plat was shown for the first time as part of special screenings dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival.

CAST

Serhii Filimonov
Rhino
Serhii Filimonov
Rhino
Yevhen Chernykov
Man in the car
Yevhen Chernykov
Man in the car
Yevhen Grygoriev
Plus
Yevhen Grygoriev
Plus
Alina Zevakova
Marina
Alina Zevakova
Marina

PRODUCTION

The film is supported by:

  • the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine
  • the Ukrainian State Film Agency
  • EURIMAGES Fund
  • the Polish Film Institute
  • the German film fund Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
RHINO is the second feature film by the Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov. In 2012, the film was already presented at the industry platform of the Sofia International Film Festival, where it received awards for Best Project and Best Pitching. However, work on the film was suspended due to Sentsov's illegal arrest by Russian security services in 2014 and his subsequent imprisonment. Work on the project was resumed after the release of the director in 2019.

Filming of RHINO took place in Kryvyi Rih, Lviv and Kyiv and wrapped in December 2020.
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