Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Aquathlon (Акватлон)

Special Screening

Alexey Shabarov / Short Narrative / Russian Federation / 2018 / 16 min / Colour / DCP
In Russian / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


A young man is not too pleased when he is dragged to swimming lessons by his well-meaning mother. He attempts to make the best of the situation, but his shy demeanour makes it difficult for him to fit in with the other, more rambunctious boys in the class. Mercilessly harassed by the overbearing swimming coach, the teenager soon discovers that an inherent part of growing up is learning to stand up for oneself.

About the Directors

Alexey Shabarov is a director of documentary and fiction films. Born in Moscow in 1981, he graduated from the Film Institute VGIK in 2009. Shabarov also studied at the Moscow New School of Cinema. His short film 'Together Forever' (2012) participated in the competition Kinotavr (Russia, Sochi), Shorts-2013 and won a diploma at the Thess International Short Film Festival.


Alexey Shabarov
Alexey Shabarov, Andrey Molodykh
Olesya Gidrat
Alexey Shabarov, Gennady Spirin
Philipp Gorbachev
Production Company
Andrei Konchalovsky Studios
Timofey Khvostov
Andrei Konchalovsky Studios
Daniil Lekomtsev, Petr Tvorogov, Sergey Zamyatin, Danila Artyomenko, Gleb Makarov, Grigory Poryshev, Oksana Sankova, Yana Arshavskaya

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