The Young Vic has released its new short today. Titled Connection, it stars Jude Law, who has a long association with the Young Vic as an actor and fundraiser. He was taken to productions as a child and believes that the experience played “an important part” in his dream of becoming an actor.
Connection is a collaboration between the Young Vic and the Belarus Free Theatre, a company that Law supports. It was founded in 2005 by husband-and-wife team Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada in response to state censorship, in the only country in Europe that still practises the death penalty. The couple fled Belarus in 2010, fearing political imprisonment, and were granted asylum in Britain.
At the heart of the film is a true story. The couple were travelling back to Belarus when one of them received a call from Natalia’s mother warning them that they faced arrest. Stacey said: “The comic balancing point of the [film’s] story is a parallel story, where Jude Law has just arrived on a flight. He rings his mum and finds he can’t go back to his house because the paparazzi are outside.
“Half of it, Nikolai’s section, is in Belarusian. So the whole point is that they’re miscommunicating with each other until they eventually find a connection.”
You can read more about the film here.
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