The Whaler Boy

Beginning on Saturday, February 5, 2022 Cinema Art Bethesda will stream the Russian film, The Whaler Boy (Kitoboy). The stream will be available until Saturday, February 19. There will be an $8.00 charge to watch the film. At noon on Sunday, February 20 there will be a post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector via Zoom.

The film is 93 minutes long and in Russian and English with English subtitles. It was released in January 2022 in the United States and won fourteen awards including the Blue Angel for Best Male Performance at the Slovak Republic Art Film Festival (2021) and the Nika Discovery of the Year (Director/Writer) at the Nika Awards (Russia).

Viewing the Film

There is an $8.00 charge to view the film and it can be preordered.

Select the Unlock now (or Pre-order now if you’re pre-ordering) button. A pop-up window will appear. Enter your email address and follow the prompts to log in to your account or sign up for one. If you pre-order, select the link in the sentence below the buttons that says “Already unlocked? Log into your account for access” when you are ready to view the film.

Note that after this content becomes available February 5th at 4:00 am EST, you’ll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you’ll have 72 hours to finish watching.

Caution: This film contains some nudity.

Film Discussion

A post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector will take place via Zoom at noon Sunday, February 20. To join the Zoom meeting on your computer, click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar

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15-year-old Leshka lives in an isolated village on the Bering Strait. Like most men where he lives, he is a whale hunter. When internet arrives in the village, Leshka becomes infatuated with a webcam model from America – so far away and yet almost close enough to see across the waters of the Strait. Coming of age in the male-dominated whaling community, Leshka’s encounter with this mysterious woman awakens in him a desire to find love outside of the confines of his tiny world. He becomes determined to meet her in real life, setting forth on a dangerous adventure across the raging waters of the sea. Featuring stunning photography of the dramatic landscape, and punctuated by off-kilter humor about the division between two worlds.

(Text adapted from distributor’s site)