Andrei Kutsila

was born in 1983 in Baranovichi in Belarus. In 2007 he earned a degree in journalism from the Belarusian State University. In 2009 he finished the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. Currently, he works as a freelancer for studios and TV. He made more than 10 films and was a participant of many international educational projects (IDFAcademy, Berlinale Talents are among them).


Focal distance, 2008; Kill the Day, 2010; Fight For, 2011; Enough! To Freedom…, 2012; Love in Belarus, 2014; Where You Belong, 2015; Guests, 2015; King of the Hill, 2017; Summa, 2018; Strip and War, 2019; I Need The Handshakes, 2020.
Special Jury Mention for sensitive description of the doubts and dilemmas of a young men trying to find his path in a consumerist and warlike world, standing next to his grandfather in a conflicting but loving relationship

Strip and War (18+)

Belarus, Poland, 2019, 68 min.
Director: Andrei Kutsila
Outside the city of Minsk live an unlikely pair. A retired lieutenant-colonel stuck in a pro-Soviet past spends his days leading a regional veteran organization, writing military articles and patriotic essays. He shares his home with his grandson Anatol, who left his unfulfilling job as an engineer to pursue his true calling as a stripper and dreams of one day founding his own erotic theatre. Their worlds could not be further apart – and they are still dependent upon one another and must navigate gently through their differences. It is not just a story of a relationship, but rather a reflection of entire Belarus and the post-Soviet space.


IDFF goEast (Germany, 2019) – FIPRESCI-Prize; IDFF DocsMX (Mexico, 2019) – Special Mention Award; Minsk International film festival Listapad (Belarus, 2019) – Special Jury Award.

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