Main Cast: Danila Kozlovsky, Olya Zueva, Irina Gorbacheva
Superbly directed by the irrepressible Russian actor, Danila Kozlovsky (who also stars), Coach tells the story of a Russian national team football player Stoleshnikov, who ends his career after a professional and very public failure at a crucial world cup qualifying match. After an enforced break where he tries to piece his life together, he takes on the job coaching a small provincial club in the south of the country. Despite challenging circumstances, Stoleshnikov gradually turns around the fortunes of his new club, ‘Meteor’, and as they progress through the knockout stages of the Cup competition, Stoleshnikov plots a path for redemption. This is an extremely clever, well written and touching picture, which boasts some of Russia’s finest actors and we’re delighted that Danila will be in Kilkenny to present the film.