Russia, Ireland, France, Lithuania


Denis grew up in an orphanage, where his mother left him soon after his birth. He is a special boy, who due to a rare illness is immune to pain. This makes him popular among other boys, who take bets on how long he can endure cruel physical games. One day his mother turns up out of the blue and takes him to Moscow, where he becomes part of a gang that extracts money from wealthy people. Denis becomes a “jumpman” – someone who jumps in front of cars to blackmail the drivers. Re-united with his mother, Denis feels that this new life is a dream come true until one day … he starts feeling pain again.

Director's Biography

Ivan I. Tverdovsky graduated from the Russian Institute of Cinematography. He directed the documentaries AS IF WAITING FOR A BUS (2009), PIANISM (2012), and SPACE DOG (2013), and the features CORRECTIONS CLASS (2014), and ZOOLOGY (2016). Both his feature films participated in over 30 international film festivals, including Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Busan, Gothenburg, London, Cottbus, Fantastic Fest Austin and many others, winning awards.

2018 - JUMPMAN
2016 - ZOOLOGY
2013 - SPACE DOG, doc.
2012 - PIANISM, doc.
2009 - AS IF WAITING FOR A BUS, doc.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ivan Tverdovsky

Written by: Ivan Tverdovsky

Produced by: Mila Rozanova, Natalia Mokritskaya

Cinematography: Denis Alarcon-Ramirez

Editing: Ivan Tverdovsky

Production Design: Olga Kovalenko, Ekaterina Sheglova

Costume Design: Anna Chistova

Original Score: Kirill Richter

Sound: Jonas Maksvytis

Cast: Denis Vlasenko (Denis), Anna Slyu (mother), Pavel Chinarev, Vilma Kutavivcuite, Alexandra Ursulyak

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2019