The Whaler Boy


61st TIFF: Greek premiere

Bering Strait, Russia’s borderline with Alaska, in a whale-hunting village, where men resort to online webcam chat. So does Leshka, a coltish 15-year-old boy, who falls in love with a girl logging in from Detroit. Finding his “sweetheart” chatting with someone else, jealousy-stricken Leshka sets out for an unthinkable odyssey. Set in the symbolical merging point between the old ways and the future, this tender coming-of-age story portrays the turbulence of youth and first love.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Philipp Yuryev
Script: Philipp Yuryev
Cinematography: Mikhail Khursevich, Yakov Mironchev
Editing: Karolina Maciejewska, Alexander Krylov, Philipp Yuryev
Sound: David Vrancken
Music: Krzysztof A Janczak
Actors: Vladimir Onokhov, Kristina Asmus, Vladimir Lyubimtsev, Nikolay Tatato
Production: Rock Films
Producers: Alexey Uchitel
Co-production: Orka, Man's Films Productions
Co-producers: Kira Saksaganskaya, Marion Hänsel, Jacek Kulczycki, Magdalena Zimecka, Radoslawa Bardes
Sets: Aleksey Uchitel
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Russia, Poland, Belgium
Production Year: 2020
Duration: 94΄
Distribution in Greece: Strada Films
Contact: Loco Films
Awards/Distinctions: GdA Director's Award – Venice FF 2020

Philipp Yuryev

Philipp Yuryev is a director and screenwriter born in Moscow. He made his first “action” film while in school, consisting of watermelon explosions for his Chemistry exam. His first short film, The Song of the Mechanical Fish, made it to the Sundance Film Festival while also receiving awards in Montréal, Berlin, Tokyo, and São Paulo. The Whaler Boy is his debut full feature film.


2013 Pesnya mekhanicheskoy ryby (short)
2020 Kitoboy | The Whaler Boy