Poster for Natasha It’s a lazy summer of parties and avoiding a real job for 16-year-old Mark, until his parents ask him to entertain Natasha, his uncle’s 14-year-old stepdaughter. He learns that while living in Moscow she led a troubled and promiscuous life. A secret and forbidden summer romance begins between the two of them that has bizarre and tragic consequences for everyone involved. This tragic tale of young love is based on the short story collection, Natasha and Other Stories.

93 minutes
David Bezmozgis

Shown at

  1. 19th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2017
  2. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 25th Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  4. 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  5. Am Hayam Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  6. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  7. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  8. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  9. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2016
  10. Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  11. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  12. PJFF Fall Festival - 2015
  13. Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  14. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2016

5 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Director/writer David Bezmozgis based his film Natasha on Natasha and Other Stories which he wrote 10 years ago, and which reviewers noted as “exceptional” and “scary good.” Transferring exceptional writing into exceptional filmmaking is never easy. It requires a visual sensitivity in the translation and Bezmozgis doesn’t quite execute the trenchant tone of his written work in Natasha which, at times, falls cinematically flat.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    There are some scary things coming out of Russia these days. In addition to military adventurism, rabidly homophobic propaganda, and teacups poisoned with Polonium there is a manipulative Lolita who will cause no end of disruptions for a Canadian teenager. The second generation Jewish Russian immigrant is not prepared for the sexual confusion in store for him in David Bezmozgis’s Natasha (trailer here), which screens during the 2016 New York Jewish Film Festival.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Bezmozgis + Ibsen = Natasha

    “Natasha” is not Bezmozgis’s first film, nor his first to focus on a teen. His feature “Victoria Day” (2009) dealt with a 16-year old protagonist. Bezmozgis’s new film may not represent the birth of a new form of Russian tragedy, but personified by its tragic title heroine, the viewer has to give Natasha credit for trying, and the girl herself, for being hard to get out of your head.

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    Sex, Drugs and Russian-Jewish Immigrants Are a Surprise Hit at N.Y. Jewish Film Festival

    ‘Natasha,’ the new film by writer David Bezmozgis, delivers chilling memories and a searing portrait of a Russian-Jewish family in Canada.

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    Teenage Drama
    David Bezmozgis’s second feature film ‘Natasha’ is a coming-of-age, Russian-Jewish immigrant story set in Toronto

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