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A haunting, violent tale of a youth lost in an uncaring world, Bullet Collector is the first film from promising director Alexander Vartanov. A visual, moody masterpiece, the drama follows the traumas of a wide-eyed 14-year-old boy. He has a terrible home life with a step-father who can barely stand the sight of him. His school life is even worse as bullies torment and attack him with shocking regularity And his life becomes even more torturous after he is sent to hellish reform school. Prone to day-dreaming about a life where he is loved, fights off his attackers and has a beautiful girlfriend, the reality of an entirely different and terrible life continually shocks his back to reality. Is he just a timid kid destined for abuse or will he gain the strength to fight off his attackers? Recalling the world of Antoine Doinel in François Truffaut s The 400 Blows, this unsettling, visually brilliant drama updates that classic by giving it a nightmarishly Russian spin.
Director Alexander Vartanov was born in 1977 in Moscow. He studied journalism, film directing and dramaturgy. He started his career as a theatre director, and he also worked as a translator, actor, producer and screenwriter, and he currently works for a Russian film distributor company Volga. Bullet Collector is his directing debut, for which he also wrote the screenplay. He was one of the producers of this drama.