Join us for a screening of the film Thirst (Жажда), based on the book of the same name by Andrei Gelasimov (translated by award-winning translator Marian Schwartz).
Thirst tells the story of 20-year-old Chechen War veteran Kostya. Maimed beyond recognition by a tank explosion, he spends weeks on end locked inside his apartment, his sole companions the vodka bottles spilling from the refrigerator. But soon Kostya’s comfortable if dysfunctional cocoon is torn open when he receives a visit from his army buddies who are mobilized to locate a missing comrade. Through this search for his missing friend, Kostya is able to find himself. Check out the trailer on YouTube!
This film has garnered several prizes at international film festivals, including the Diploma of the Jury at the 2013 Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi, first prize at the 2013 Moscow Premier Screenings film festival, and the awards for best screenplay and best first film at the 2013 Honfleur Russian Film Festival in Honfleur, France. Additionally, Mikhail Grubov and Roman Kurtsyn won Best Actor awards at the 2013 Honfleur Russian Film Festival.
Andrei Gelasimov became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story, "A Tender Age," which he published on the Internet, was awarded a prize for the best debut. It went on to garner the Apollon-Grigorev and the Belkin prizes, as well, and his novels have been consistently met with critical and popular success in Russia and throughout Europe.
Gelasimov was born in Irkutsk in 1965 and studied foreign languages at the Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. Thirst is his first book published in English, followed by three others - all translated by Marian Schwartz - including Gods of the Steppe, which won the 2009 "Big Book" Russian National Bestseller award.