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Russian teen Denis (Denis Vlasenko) lives in an orphanage where he and his friends play at testing how much pain Denis can withstand, and Denis just happens to have an almost superhuman resistance to pain. One day, to Denis’ delight, his mother Oksana (Anna Slyu) arrives to take him out of the orphanage to live with her. However, will Oksana’s ulterior motives for springing Denis from the orphanage threaten their relationship? Director Ivan I Tverdovskiy, whose previous film Zoology played the Festival in 2016, takes aim at modern Russian society whilst simultaneously providing us with a taut, thrilling narrative.