Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Russia, Lithuania, Ireland, France | 86 min | 2018 | drama | Russian

Dennis grew up in an orphanage, where his mother left him soon after his birth. He is a special boy, who due to a rare illness is immune to pain. This makes him popular among other boys, who take bets on how long he can endure cruel physical games. One day his mother turns up out of the blue and takes him to Moscow, where he becomes part of a gang that extracts money from wealthy people. Dennis becomes a “jumpman” – someone who jumps in front of cars to blackmail the drivers. Reunited with his mother, Dennis feels that this new life is a dream come true until one day… he starts feeling pain again.


Director: Ivan I. Tverdovsky
DoP: Denis Alarcón Ramirez
Music: Kirill Richter
Editor: Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Cast: Denis Vlasenko, Anna Slyu, Danil Steklov, Pavel Chinarev, Vilma Kutaviciute, Alexandra Ursulyak, Maxim Vitorgan
Producer: Natalya Mokritskaya

  • Ivan I. Tverdovsky
    Ivan I. Tverdovsky

Festivals & Awards
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – main competition
Haifa IFF
Bergen IFF
Chicago IFF
Denver IFF
Thessaloniki IFF
Cork IFF
Cairo IFF
Goteborg IFF
Cleveland IFF
Istanbul IFF

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Ivan I. Tverdovsky

Born in 1988. He graduated from the Russian Institute for Cinematography in 2011. His early documentary works won him multiple awards in Russia and at international film festivals worldwide. His fiction debut CORRECTIONS CLASS (2014), inspired by the novel by psychologist Ekaterina Murashova, won over 35 prizes worldwide, including East of the West Award (Crystal Globe) at the 49. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (international premiere).

ZOOLOGY is Ivan’s second feature project. It was showcased both at the Paris Co-Production Village and Les Arcs in 2015 and received financial support from the Eurimages and Russian Ministry of Culture.


2018 Jumpman, feature
2016 Zoology, feature
2014 Corrections Class, feature
2013 Space Dog, documentary
2012 Pianism, documentary
2009 As If Waiting for a Bus, documentary