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Biography, Drama   Language: Russian, French, Italian  Subtitles: English

Palme d'Or nominee at the 75th Cannes Film Festival

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Antonina Miliukova is a beautiful and bright young woman, born in the aristocracy of 19th century Russia. She could have anything she'd want, and yet her only obsession is to marry Pyotr Tchaikovsky, with whom she falls in love from the very moment she hears his music. The composer finally accepts this union, but after blaming her for his misfortunes and breakdowns, his attempts to get rid of his wife are brutal. Consumed by her feelings for him, Antonina decides to endure and do whatever it takes to stay with him. Humiliated, disgraced and discarded, she is slowly driven to madness.



CastAlyona Mikhailova, Odin Lund Biron, Filipp Avdeev

Director - Kirill Serebrennikov

Screenplay - Kirill Serebrennikov

Cinematographer - Vladislav Opelyants    

Producers - Ilya Stewart, Kirill Serebrennikov, Murad Osmann, Pavel Burya

Co-producers - Ilya Dzhincharadze, Carole Baraton, Pierre Mazars, Yohann Comte, Celine Dornier, Frederic Fiore, Olivier Père, Rémi Burah, Dan Wechsler, Andreas Roald, Jamal Zeinal-Zade


Born in Rostov-on-Don in Russia in 1969, Kirill Serebrennikov turned to theatre in 1992 after studying science at university.

Winner of several awards for his work in television, he has also directed feature films, including Playing the Victim which won him the Grand Prize at the 1st Rome Film Festival in 2006, and the award-winning Yuri’s Day.

Since 2012, he has been the artistic director of the Gogol Center in Moscow, and described as one of Russia’s leading theatre directors. His daring, impertinent theatre shows a great freedom and spirit of resistance.


Tchaikovsky’s Wife marked the fourth time in a row for Serebrennikov at the Cannes Film Festival, after the virtuoso delirium Petrov’s Flu in 2021 and the rock ‘n’ roll biopic Leto in 2018, which also presented in competition, and the globally acclaimed thought-provoking religious drama The Student in 2016, which screened at Un Certain Regard.

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