26 year old Kantemir Balagov shot his first full length feature film «Closeness» in 2017 under the patronage of Russian cinema classic Alexander Sokurov.

Balagov has gathered a number of festival awards and has been nominated at Cannes Festival, attracting attention of local art cinema fans.

We spoke with the director about the process of shooting, cultural policy in the Caucasus and movie piracy.

Никита Петров / Nikita Petrov