Petrov’s Flu

in , Russia, Wednesday November 27, 2019. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)
in Moscow, Russia, Sunday November 3, 2019. (Photo {photog for The New York Times})
in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday December 10, 2019. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)
in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday December 10, 2019. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

Short Synopsis

A flu-ridden family of nobodies in post-Soviet Russia lives out their ordinary days with extraordinary secrets- the husband is a plumber that transforms humdrum moments into wonderfully weird Japanese comic strips whenever things excite him and the wife is a librarian who has a thing for killing abusive men with a kitchen knife.


Kirill Serebrennikov is a Russian stage andfilm director, and theatre designer. Since 2012, he is the artistic director of The Gogol Center in Moscow.
Having graduated from Rostov State University with majors in physics in 1992, Kirill Serebrennikov had no formal theatre education prior tohis stage director debut in 1994. He went on directing music videos and commercials. In 2001, he has staged his first production in Moscow. He has been active in opera staging productions for the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia, where he has also been a stage director and a designer for aballet, Komische Oper Berlin and Stuttgart Opera in Germany. Kirill Serebrennikov is one of the artistic directors of Territory Festival in Moscow. Since 2008 he is a professor of the Moscow Art TheatreSchool, where he has a class of actors and directors. His productions werepresented in Wiener Festwochen, and Avignon Theatre Festival. His filmswere screened at Cannes Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, and the Warsaw International Film Festival where his film Yuri’s Day received the Grand Prix. In 2012, he has been appointed artistic director of The Gogol Center.



Petrov: Semyon Serzin
Petrova: Chulpan Khamatova


Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Screenplay: Kirill Serebrennikov, based on the novel by Alexey Salnikov
Cinematography: Vladislav Opelyants
Editor: Yuriy Karikh


Production Russia: Ilya Stewart, Hype Film
Production France: Eric Tavitian, Logical Pictures & Pierre Mazars, Charades
Production Germany: Gerhard Meixner & Roman Paul, Razor Film
Production Switzerland: Dan Wechsler, Bord Cadre Films


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World Premiere:

Official selection to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Other Festival Selections:

65th BFI London Film Festival: Dare Section, 2021