by Nigina Sayfullaeva
Russia 2019, 82'
Sex is about what is forbidden not what is available
Lena is a talented obstetrician and gynecologist, and her husband Sergey is an actor in a provincial theater. Their relationship is tender and close, but totally devoid of sex. Lena suspects that Sergey is having an affair, but she suffers silently without letting her jealousy show. Instead of finding out what is going on, Lena starts cheating on him with random men. Slowly but surely, Lena’s acts of infidelity spin out of control, re-writing her life.
Special Diploma of the Jury – Kinotavr Open Russian FF 2019
Grand Prix - Festival du Film Russe de Paris 2020
Best Performance Award - Transilvania IFF Cluj 2020
Best Foreign Feature Film, Best Director Foreign Feature Film - Seattle FF 2020
Best Female Director, Best Actress - Montreal Independent FF 2020
Honorable Mention - Santa Monica FF 2020
Rotterdam IFF 2020
Festival du Film Russe de Paris 2020
Russian Turn: Kino in Brussels 2020
Summer Film School FF (CZ) 2020
Transilvania IFF Cluj 2020
Fort Lauderdale IFF 2020
Russian Film Festival SPUTNIK 2020
Tromso IFF 2021
Dublin IFF 2021
Love is Folly IFF 2021
Cast & Crew
Evgeniya Gromova, Aleksandr Pal, Aleksey Agranovich, Anna Kotova, Marina Vasileva, Pavel Vorozhtsov
Production: Droog Drooga Film Company, Premier Studios
Nigina Sayfullaeva was born in Tajikistan in 1985. After getting her degree in history of arts she graduated as a director from High Courses of Scriptwriters and Film Directors in Moscow. After a few multiple award-winning short films, she directed her debut Name me (2014). It got a special award in Tallinn and participated in New Directors program in San Sebastian. In 2017 Nigina participated together with another five most promising Russian directors in the anthology film About Love widely released in autumn 2017. FIDELITY is Nigina’s second feature.