Crystal Swan

Crystal Swan

Crystal Swan

Drama about a young DJ who wants to escape mid-90s Minsk and relocate to Chicago, home of her beloved house music. When authorities check up on a false job reference on Velya's visa application, she travels to a bleak, small factory town to convince them of its legitimacy.

2018Rating: M, Sexual violence & offensive language94 minsBelarus, USA, Germany, RussiaRussian with English subtitles
DramaFestival & Independent
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Despite its relatively unusual setting, Crystal Swan is a largely conventional fish-out-of-water story at heart. But it is elevated above the routine by its excellent cast, especially Nassibulina, and plenty of visual flair.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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The impetus isn’t entirely lost as long as Nassibulina’s wonderful creation is on screen – purposeful, lively, resourceful, a dreamer with her feet on the ground and a good heart.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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The premise seems ripe for a rich and deceptively breezy comedy about a clash between cultures, but Zhuk doesn’t milk this story for easy laughs. Or for any other kind of laughs, for that matter.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Zhuk crafts an exquisite tale of doom and gloom colored by a farcical ethos, from Velya’s no-holds-barred audacity and kookiness (shades of Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan) to the physical comedy-derived drunkenness as the lingua franca of family get-togethers.

Variety

Variety

press

While some nuances may go over the heads of international audiences, its core social and economic frustrations are universal ones, driven by Velya’s fundamentally sympathetic wanderlust.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite its relatively unusual setting, Crystal Swan is a largely conventional fish-out-of-water story at heart. But it is elevated above the routine by its excellent cast, especially Nassibulina, and plenty of visual flair.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The impetus isn’t entirely lost as long as Nassibulina’s wonderful creation is on screen – purposeful, lively, resourceful, a dreamer with her feet on the ground and a good heart.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The premise seems ripe for a rich and deceptively breezy comedy about a clash between cultures, but Zhuk doesn’t milk this story for easy laughs. Or for any other kind of laughs, for that matter.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Zhuk crafts an exquisite tale of doom and gloom colored by a farcical ethos, from Velya’s no-holds-barred audacity and kookiness (shades of Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan) to the physical comedy-derived drunkenness as the lingua franca of family get-togethers.

Variety

Variety

press

While some nuances may go over the heads of international audiences, its core social and economic frustrations are universal ones, driven by Velya’s fundamentally sympathetic wanderlust.

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