House Arrest

Should the Wind Drop

Original name: Delo
English name: House Arrest
Year: 2021
Run time: 106 min
Language: Russian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Russia
Director: Aleksey German Jr.
Producers:Artem Vasilyev, Iouri Stepanov, Georgy Shabanov, Ilja Zofin
Cast: Merab Ninidze, Roza Khairullina, Anna Mikhalkova, Anastasia Melnikova, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Alexander Pal, Anastasia Talyzina, Yuri Utkin, Alexandra Bortich, Li Tsyazuan
Screenplay:Aleksey German Jr., Maria Ogneva
Cinematographer: Ivan Burlakov
Editor: Igor Nurgaliev
Sound Designer: Igor Gotsmanov
Costume Designer: Elena Okopnaya
Production Designer: Elena Okopnaya
Production Company: Metrafilms, Outrageous Film Company, All Media (a START Company), LM Media
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  • Cannes FF 2021
  • Busan IFF 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Dovlatov
  • 2015 Under Electric Clouds
  • 2009 Korotkoe Zamykanie
  • 2008 Paper Soldier
  • 2005 Garpastum
  • 2004 The Last Train

Director's Biography:

Nora Martirosyan

Aleksey German Jr. was born in 1976. He studied at the VGIK Russian State University of Cinematography in Moscow from 1996 to 2001. His debut feature The Last Train was selected at the Venice FF, as well as his next film Garpastum. With Paper Soldier, his third feature, he won the Silver Lion at the Venice FF in 2008. Under Electric Clouds was awarded the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at Berlin IFF in 2015. In 2018, Dovlatov, German’s fifth feature, was awarded the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to filmmaking for production and costume design. House Arrest, German's sixth feature, was selected in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes FF in 2021


David, a university professor, takes to social media to criticize his city’s administration. But instead of the mayor’s dodgy dealings being investigated, David is himself accused of embezzlement and placed under house arrest. Despite the overbearing surveillance, double-crossing acquaintances, and growing media interest, David remains defiant and will not apologise. With the court case drawing ever nearer, does David have any hope of winning this battle against Goliath?