No Place for Fools

2014 / Bulgaria, Russia, United States / 86min

The internet, madness, and old and new Russia - these are the touchpoints of this film standing at the fine line between performance and raw documentary. Sergei Astahov is a mentally disabled man who spends most of his time closed up in his Moscow flat, sending his messages out into the world in the form of videoblogs. For a single man, the camera becomes his sole partner and repetitive speaking a demonstration of life. In his missives, he confesses his homosexuality, his admiration for President Putin, and his belief in the Orthodox faith. Paradoxically, his mind is the meeting point for all the extremes of the Russian world, which has no place for the mentally ill.


  • Original title
    Durakam zdes ne mesto
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Oleg Mavromatti
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Oleg Mavromatti
  • Editing
    Oleg Mavromati, Boryana Rossa
  • Music
  • Sound
    Andrei Guryanov
  • Duration
    86 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Bulgaria
    • Russia
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Boryana Rossa
  • Distribution
  • Awards


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