Cannes Day 7: What the Critics say – Petrov’s Flu by Kirill Serebrennikov.
What the Critics say...by Alexa Dalby
CAUTION: Here be spoilers
Kirill Serebrennikov Returns to Form With a Delirious Post-Soviet Pandemic Vision
“This surreal trek through a wintry urban hell mixes voices, genres and timelines with giddy abandon, to simultaneously baffling and thrilling effect.” – Variety
“…while Petrov’s Flu is certainly unorthodox in terms of technique and aesthetic boldness, and as mentioned previously features homosexual imagery that’s banned in Russia, it’s arguably a less politically radical film than his The Student from 2016, which more frontally critiqued reactionary mindsets. But then again, not every work from a dissident artist has to challenge authority; sometimes, just departing from the norms of realism is enough to make a film radical, and in this Petrov’s Flu succeeds emphatically.” – Hollywood Reporter
Petrov’s Flu has been acquired by Curzon in the UK.