Petrov’s Flu

« This surreal trek through a wintry urban hell mixes voices, genres and timelines with giddy abandon, to simultaneously baffling and thrilling effect. »


Based on the novel “The Petrovs In and Around the Flu” by Alexey Salnikov, PETROV’S FLU is a deadpan, hallucinatory romp through post-Soviet Russia. With the city in the throes of a flu epidemic, the Petrov family struggles through yet another day in a country where the past is never past, the present is a booze-fueled, icy fever dream of violence and tenderness, and where – beneath layers of the ordinary – things turn out to be quite extraordinary.

Set somewhere between reality and imagination, PETROV’S FLU is a visually arresting experience: rough, funny, violent and psychedelic, and yet tender and poetic.

Festivals & Awards

  • 74th Cannes Film Festival: Competition, 2021
  • 65th BFI London Film Festival: Dare Section, 2021



  • 2021 Petrov’s Flu
  • 2018 Leto
  • 2016 The Student
  • 2012 Adultery
  • 2009 Short circuit (or Shrimp’s Kiss)
  • 2008 Yuri’s Day
  • 2006 Playing the Victim
  • 2004 Ragin
  • 2003 Bed Scenes


Semyon Serzin, Chulpan Khamatova, Yulia Peresild, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Yuriy Borisov, Ivan Dorn, Aleksandr Ilyin, Sergey Dreyden, Olga Voronina, Timofey Tribuntsev, Semyon Steinberg, Georgiy Kudrenko


Script: Kirill Serebrennikov
Cinematography: Vladislav Opeliants
Editing: Iouri Karikh
Production: Hype Film (RU)
Co-production: Charades Productions (FR), Logical Pictures (FR), Bord Cadre films (CH), Razor Film Produktion (DE), Sovereign Films (UK)

Technical data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 146′
Released: 2021
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English, French
Original title: Петровы в гриппе