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It‘s No Real Pleasure in Life

It‘s No Real Pleasure in Life
Director: Nikolay Michaylov

Canada, 2016, drama, 13 minutes, english with lithuanian subtitles N-16

It‘s No Real Pleasure in Life, directed by Nikolay Mikhaylov, is a short drama about human responsibilities. The film tells the story of a young man coming to terms with his privilege and the consequences of his actions. The film was inspired by the director‘s own experiences of growing up in Toronto: at the age of 23, Mikhaylov experienced a violent encounter with a police officer that made him re-assess the everyday violence against marginalised communities. According to Mikhaylov himself, this film is an encouragement to start a discussion about society and its authorities. It‘s No Real Pleasure in Life is a socially-engaged and sharp drama, which has been showcased at the Vancounver International Film Festival and Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal.

About the director:

Nikolay Mikhaylov is a Toronto-based filmmaker and cinematographer. He studied film at Ryerson University and has a wide range of experience working on long and short format narrative, video installations, commercial, and documentary productions. His first feature film as a cinematographer, How Heavy This Hammer (2015)) had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 2016 Berlinale International Film Festival. It‘s No Real Pleasure in Life is Michaylov's directorial debut.

Screenplay: Nikolay Mikhaylov


Dir. of Photography: Jordan Kennington

Cast: Jesse LaVercombe, Don Mike, Duncan Rowe, Keigian Tang, Chantria Tram
Print Festival Kaunas Programme