Retired Farmer Vasiliy Visits NYC for the First Time

From Esquire:


A documentary film about how a retiree, Vasily Ilyin, from the Kursk region of Russia went to New York City. He was photographed for the cover of a special issue of Esquire magazine about the lives of ordinary people.

Comments from Esquire:


Wow. Thank you.


Noisy, hot and bright.


Fucking great cinema!


I’m offended, especially when they said Russia was unwashed and impoverished.


Guys, thank you very much. This turned out to be a real, heartfelt movie. I enjoyed the story and the film.


I don’t write comments but I’m a long-time lurker. I liked it so much I just had to tell you that it was an amazing film!


It’s better than what’s in the movie theatres now))


No words… VERY COOL.


“Let the locals survive, but those traitors should die…”)))
These are just simple Russian people))
Such a great movie, it was heart-warming.


I have such mixed feelings… sadness, excitement, joy and delight all at the same time. Thank you to the editors who gave Vasiliy the opportunity to see a different life, and who gave us the pleasure of his journey!


They could have taken Vasya [Note: Nickname for Vasiliy] to somewhere like Louisiana or Missouri, but no fucking way, straight to New York!


I was most impressed by the girl on the bike…


Too true about Russia not having a good ruler since Peter the Great)) Great movie and cinematography.

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