RIGA: Writer/director Michael Idov is developing Humorist, a feature film about the Soviet stand-up comedian Boris Arkadiev. The film is a Latvian/Russian/British coproduction set for shooting in 2017.
Aija Bērziņa is producing through Latvia’s Tasse Films in coproduction with Russia’s Metranom and Metrafilms and UK’s Hype Film. The estimated budget is 1 m EUR.
The story takes place in 1984, when Boris Arkadiev, the most famous stand-up comedian in the U.S.S.R., is slowly coming unhinged. This time, the eternal battle between the artist and the state will be fought on the unexpected level of insult-humor routines and sex jokes.
The project is currently in the development and financing stage, and only the support of private investors is confirmed so far. Preproduction and principal photography are set for 2017 and the premiere is expected for 2018. The estimated length of the film is 100 minutes.
Michael Idov was born in Riga in 1976 and spent most of his life in the U.S. He is currently based in Moscow and Berlin.
Director: Michael Idov Script: Michael Idov