St. Petersburg in the middle of the 1990’s.
In an old boiler room on the outskirts of the city lives a taciturn Yakut, a retired major and veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Now he works as a stoker who clumsily pecks out his story on an old typewriter in his spare time. And although he is a hermit, the stoker is frequently called on by all sorts of visitors.
About Alexey Balabanov
Born in 1959 in Sverdlovsk, Alexey Balabanov graduated from the Translation Faculty of the Gorky Pedagogical University. From 1983-1987 he worked as an assistant director at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio. In 1990, Alexey graduated from the Advanced Course for Scriptwriters and Directors, where he took part in the experimental Auteur Cinema course. In 1991 he wrote and directed his first feature Happy Days.
In 1992, together with producers Sergei Selyanov and Viktor Grigoryev, Mr. Balabanov co-founded the CTB Film Company. CTB has produced almost all of his films to this day.