PRESENTED BY THE JCC LENORE MARWIL DETROIT JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
16-year old Mark, the slacker son of Russian- Jewish immigrants, is jolted out of his complacency by the arrival of the sexy step-daughter of his great-uncle in this provocative coming-of-age tale.
Mark lives in the suburbs north of Toronto with his parents. They want him to get a summer job, but he’s more interested in lazing about, getting high, and selling pot. When his uncle enters into an arranged marriage with a woman from Moscow, the woman arrives in Canada with her fourteen year-old daughter, Natasha. Mark is conscripted by his parents to take responsibility for the strange girl. A secret and forbidden romance begins between the two of them that has bizarre and tragic consequences for everyone involved.
Natasha is adapted from "Natasha and Other Stories," David Bezmozgis’ best-selling collection of short stories, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and has been translated into 15 languages.
Warning: Strong sexual content
Co-sponsored by The Active Life
Running Time: 97 minutes
Language: English, Russian
Winner - Michael Moskovitz Award for Film and Video on a Jewish Theme, JPL Montreal - J.I. Segal Awards, 2016