‘Why Don’t You Just Die!’: A film by Kirill Sokolov

A young thug is out for revenge on the man who hurt his beloved: her own father, who just so happens to also be a corrupt detective.

Andrei, a detective and the world’s most horrible father, brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop. Each one of them has a reason to want revenge…

Arrow Video is proud to announce the UK release of Why Don’t You Just Die!, a blood-soaked black comedy in the vein of Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright, described by Hollywood Reporter as “A splatterpunk action comedy… gleefully dark”.  Making his feature debut, writer/director Kirill Sokolov presents a rousing tale of family, modern relationships and the dark places they can take you to when things turn sour.  Why Don’t You Just Die! will be available nationwide on Blu-Ray & Digital HD, 20 April, and on the Arrow Video Channel, 4 May.

Brutal action comedy Why Don’t You Just Die! has received critical acclaim from festivals around the globe, taking home the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature and Silver Audience Award at Fantasia, Best European Feature Film at MOTELx, Best Director at Fantaspoa, Best Feature, Best Director and Best VFX Awards at Grimmfest.  Following a screening at Fantastic Fest, Film School Rejects raved that “Russian cinema has a new filmmaker to champion”.

Born in Leningrad in 1989, director Kirill Sokolov had always loved film, but it was in his last years of university study that he started making them, shooting short videos and movies. In the end, he quit physics and, in 2013, started studying at the Advanced Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors (VKSR) at the workshop of V. Khotinenko, P. Finn, and V. Fenchenko. In 2015 he successfully defended his diploma with the short film Fire. Why Don’t You Just Die! is Kirill’s debut full-length film.

Director Kirill Sokolov.

Ahead of the release, Sokolov shared, “Despite our exaggerated use of genre tropes and all the flashy effects, Why Don’t You Just Die! remains, for me, an incredibly personal and sincere story. The film’s inherent violence is the result of reflection on the realities of life in Russia, modern relationships, and societal attitudes. The gallows humour which pervades the film is the only true reaction whatsoever to all of this. The film is intended as an emotional rollercoaster, making the audience laugh, cry, and laugh again – but then immediately feel a sense of unease for having laughed.”

‘Why Don’t You Just Die!’ debuts on Blu-Ray & Digital HD, 20 April, and on the Arrow Video Channel, 4 May. 100 min, Russia, 2018/Color, HD & DCP.


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