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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #43. Vasiliy Sigarev’s Interesting Ethology

Interesting Ethology

Director: Vasiliy Sigarev // Writers: Andrey Ilenkov, Vasiliy Sigarev

Still struggling to break free from the confines of the festival circuit, up and coming Russian director Vasiliy Sigarev (pictured above) has premiered his first two films to critical acclaim. His 2009 debut Wolfy played at Karlovy Vary and his excellent 2012 sophomore film, Living premiered at Rotterdam. Also a noted writer, Sigarev’s first two films are pronounced slices of miserablism, which may explain the lack of international distribution, which is unfortunate. His latest, Interesting Ethology, is apparently a comedy. Plot details are limited, but apparently a cut was shown to attract distributors at the Russian Pavilion back at Cannes 2014. Several cast members have notable credits, such as Yuriy Kutsenko, who appeared in two Timur Bekmambetov films, while Yuliya Snigir was featured in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).

Cast: Yuliya Snigir, Alisa Khazanova, Yuriy Kutsenko

Production co.: White Mirror Film Company

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: Little has been stated about Sigarev’s latest, but we’re hoping he snags another invite to Rotterdam (since it’s looking like Berlin is out of the question).


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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