Netflix has announced its next Original series from Russia: the heartwarming drama Nothing Special.
Nothing Special centers on Lyokha, a young actor who seeks answers to questions in his relationship with his wife. So he finds himself in an unexpected place when he volunteers at a charity that supports people with disabilities and starts working on a play with the group he’s assigned.
In the performing arts studio of the charitable foundation, Lyokha’s close communication with them allows him to find a common language with them and to discover answers to his questions. Through their interactions, Lyokha realizes that every cloud has a silver lining; that one can find humor where it seems it isn’t possible; and that the most powerful feeling of love can reveal a person from an unexpected side. Now it’s up to Lyokha to help his loved ones see their lives from a new perspective.
Said Netflix’s Anna Nagler, Director, Local Language Originals, CEE and Russia:
“Nothing Special is a beautiful story, so simple and yet so complex. It is told with incredible sensitivity and with an even greater sense of humor. This is a touching narrative relating how deep connections can appear if we allow ourselves the chance to get to know each other. We were charmed from the very start and trust the story will equally appeal to our Russian members.”
Series director Ilya Malanin commented:
“I am very pleased that it is this story that established my directorial debut. It is full of emotion, acceptance, and love. Each character is knitted with contradictions both in thoughts and actions. And there is nothing special about it.”
And producers Valeriy Fedorovich and Evgeniy Nikishov stated:
“We are glad that once again Netflix enables us to share a Russian story with the whole world. Together with highly professional actors such as Yura Borisov and Daria Melnikova, newer talents – some of whom have disabilities – made this project really special. Their talent and charisma help us share a heartwarming, sympathetic story. It leaves nobody indifferent.”
The cast of Nothing Special includes Yura Borisov (Anna K), Paulina Pushkaruk, Daria Melnikova (Fury), Anton Sankevich, and Olga Lomonosova (Better than Us).
Written by Mila Prosvirina, Shorena Patsia, Maria Panasyuk, and Ilya Malanin, the series is produced by Valerij Fedorovich, Evgenij Nikishov, and Aleksandr Sysoev.
Nothing Special will launch on Netflix worldwide (date tba). Stay tuned for updates.
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