The Righteous One

Based on the book of Job

Logline: An honest judge must hand down a fair verdict in the case of a homicidal pedophile, for which he faces dire consequences.

Synopsis:
Ivan is an honest judge and a good father. He plays with his son Illia when Ivan`s wife Anna picks up Illia for a birthday party. At this time, Ivan sees his interview on TV, in which he says that he is not afraid to make a fair decision on the case he is conducting.
Ivan in court. He is ready to sentence the defendant, a disgusting pedophile, who had tried to bribe and intimidate Ivan more than once, but before the verdict the defendant fell into a fever. His Lawyer demands to call a doctor, chaos begins, due to which the court decision is postponed for several days.
Illia's birthday is being celebrated at home, and Ivan forgets about the hard day in court for a while - especially since his brother has arrived from work in other country to attend party. But Ivan is distracted from the fun by the Lawyer. He came to try one last time to persuade the judge to drop the case, which he was severely denied.
The next day, Ivan, persuaded by his son, takes Illia with him to work. However, on the way there is a car accident - the main blow falls on Illia. Ivan takes son to the hospital, where doctors try to save him, but in vain.
Inconsolable Ivan is sitting at his son's funeral. Next to him - Ilyas, a janitor who was always next to Ivan at the most difficult moment. The Lawyer also comes to the funeral. Ivan stays in the church until the evening, and when he leaves, the Lawyer asks Ilyas if Ivan really thought that God could protect him.
Ivan comes home, where he finds a folder with case materials - and realizes who is to blame for his son's death. He comes with a gun to the pre-trial detention center, where the defendant pedophile is. Ivan demands that he confess to the murder, but defendant replies that he ordered only Ivan - and the judge is guilty of his son's death. In a fit of rage, Ivan wants to shoot the pedophile, but decides to sentence him according to the law.
Meanwhile, Ivan's brother visits Illia at the cemetery. There he meets a Lawyer, who deceitfully forces him to arrange a meeting with Ivan. Ivan comes to the hospital to his wife, who has lost her mind. There he receives a call from brother.
At the meeting place Lawyer's bandits attacks. Ivan's brother is killed, and Ivan escapes into the woods, but he is also gets beaten to death.
Ilyas comes to Ivan's body and heals him. In the morning, Ivan appears at the court and sentences the defendant. The Lawyer is also detained.
After a while, Ivan, his wife and their newborn child come to the cemetery to Illya and Ivan's brother. In the distance, Ivan sees Ilyas.

  • Maksym Tuzov
    Director
  • Stefan Nahirniak
    Writer
  • Maksym Tuzov
    Writer
  • Vasyl Shereshevskyi
    Producer
  • Oleksandr Pecheritsia
    Key Cast
  • Sergiy Kalantay
    Key Cast
  • Oleh Primohenov
    Key Cast
  • Mishiko Kobaliya
    Key Cast
  • Oleh Zamiatin
    Key Cast
  • Anastasiia Ostreinova
    Key Cast
  • Maksym Pecheritsia
    Key Cast
  • Mykyta Berezin
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Праведник
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Ukraine
  • Country of Filming:
    Ukraine
  • Language:
    Ukrainian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - KNUTKiT
  • Afraid. Online film award
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    November 30, 2021
    Best Screenplay (2nd place), Honorable Mention, Best Thriller (15-25 minutes)
  • Halicarnassus Film Festival
    Bodrum
    Turkey
    December 22, 2021
    BEST SHORT HORROR / MYSTERY / CRIME
  • AltFF Alternative Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    December 22, 2021
    Long Short Category Best Director
  • Paris Cinema Awards
    Paris
    France
    December 30, 2021
    Best Student Film
  • Indie online film award

    Ukraine
    December 27, 2021
    BEST THRILLER
  • Brazil New Visions Film Fest
    Camaragibe
    Brazil
    December 30, 2021
    Best Actor
  • Madras Independent Film Festival
    Madras
    India
    December 30, 2021
    Best Short Film
  • Roma Short Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    January 4, 2022
    Best Student Films
  • Best Istanbul Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    January 2, 2022
    Best First Time Director (Short Film)
  • London International Monthly Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 20, 2022
    BEST SOUND DESIGN
  • Europe Film Festival
    London, Camden Town
    United Kingdom
    January 3, 2022
    JURY AWARDS SHORT – BEST FILM
  • New York Istanbul Short Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    January 23, 2022
    Best Thriller Short Film
  • Screen Power Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 23, 2022
    Best cinematography
  • Best Indie Film Award
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 28, 2022
    Best Indie Film from Europe
  • Anatolia International Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    February 9, 2022
    BEST TRAILER
  • Cinematic European Film Festival
    Craiova
    Romania
    February 27, 2022
    Best Sound Design
  • Cinematic European Film Festival
    Craiova
    Romania
    February 27, 2022
    Best Sound Editing
  • Student Los Angeles Film Awards
    LOS ANGELES, Hollywood
    United States
    May 27, 2022
    Best sound in the student film
  • Student Los Angeles Film Awards
    LOS ANGELES, Hollywood
    United States
    May 27, 2022
    Best original score in the student film
  • Eastern Europe Film Festival
    Craiova
    Romania
    July 2, 2022
    Best Feature Film
  • Eastern Europe Film Festival
    Craiova
    Romania
    July 2, 2022
    Best Student Filmmaker
  • Eastern Europe Film Festival
    Craiova
    Romania
    July 2, 2022
    Best Sound Editing
  • Cannes Film Awards
    Cannes
    France
    July 10, 2022
    Best First-Time Director Short Film
  • Cannes Film Awards
    Cannes
    France
    July 10, 2022
    Best Cinematography Short Film
  • Cannes Film Awards
    Cannes
    France
    July 10, 2022
    Best Sound Design
  • Cannes Film Awards
    Cannes
    France
    July 10, 2022
    Best European Film
  • Ukrainian Dream Film Festival
    Odesa
    Ukraine
    August 10, 2022
    Best Director
  • New York Cinematography AWARDS (NYCA)
    New York
    United States
    August 27, 2022
    Best Student Film
Director Biography - Maksym Tuzov

Maks Tuzov
KNUTKiT 2017-2021, Kyiv

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