Viktor spends his time in dingy bars and tries to pick up women of questionable reputation. However, his wife, who he does not love, shows up very often to take him home. She is the mother of his child that they never had planned to have. Viktor himself grew up in an orphanage: his father abandoned him, and his mother committed suicide. Suddenly, after all these years, his father shows up again – in a state of mental and physical ruin. Viktor doesn’t intend to live with his old man, but he fancies his apartment too much. This of course means he must deliver the old wheelchair-bound man to a nursing home, and the only one which would take him in is far away. And so, the father-son-duo set out on a long and thrillingly eventful journey in Viktor’s car. The young Russian director Alexander Hant paints a not very flattering image of his home country, where greed and stinginess are commonly accepted and much more important than family bonds. With superb actors – newcomer Evgeniy Tkachuk and Aleksei Serebryakov, known from Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan – he creates a brutally honest portrait of two men from two generations who must come to realize – during their adventurous trip – that they aren’t as different as they might have thought.


Alexander Hant

Alexander Hant

Director How Viktor "The Garlic" Took Alexey "The Stud" to the Nursing Home
In Vienna: April 15-22


Mina Palada

Mina Palada

Moderator Film Programme

Aurelia Burckhardt

Aurelia Burckhardt

Moderator film program

Katja Stolbova

Katja Stolbova

Moderator Film Programme

How Viktor "The Garlic" Took Alexey "The Stud" to the Nursing Home

Original Title

Kak Vitka Chesnok vyoz Lyokhu Shtyrya v dom invalidov


Alexander Hant


Alexey Borodachev


Aleksey Serebryakov, Evgeniy Tkachuk, Sergey Bukreev


Feature film


Promising debuts competition






Russian with Engl. sub.

Running time

90 min.


VGIK – Debut


Sunday 15.04.

18:15 Village Cinema 3

Monday 16.04.

18:45 Actors Studio 1

Saturday 21.04.

18:00 Actors Studio 3