Film Archive

Best of MDR 2012
Geboren in der Sowjetunion. Neun Leben 1983-2011 Sergey Miroshnichenko

New episodes of the world-famous long-term observation that started to record the lives of nine children from the former Soviet Union 28 years ago – growing up in troubled times.

Geboren in der Sowjetunion. Neun Leben 1983-2011

Documentary Film
Germany,
Russia,
UK
2011
104 minutes

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Sergey Miroshnichenko (Studio "Ostrov"), Jemma Jupp (ITV Ltd.), Simone Baumann (Saxonia), Katja Wildermuth (MDR)
Sergey Miroshnichenko
Ilya Demutsky
Vyacheslav Sachkov, Juriy Ermolin
Sergey Miroshnichenko
The Russian long-term observation “Born in the USSR” is known worldwide for having followed the chequered lives of nine children born in the Soviet era for 28 years. Emmy award winner Sergey Miroshnichenko creates fascinating insights into the worlds of his protagonists who have now grown up in quite a different value system. Take nine ordinary seven-year-olds and change their whole environment. Put their parents’ values upside down and exchange them for the norms and values of the society they will grow up in. Add puberty and hormones at the age of 14, followed by military service, financial difficulties and the onset of adult responsibilities at 21. Then wait seven years. “Born in the USSR” portrays very different people from Russia, Central Asia, the Baltic States and the Caucasus. It’s more than a film about life in the post-Soviet era, more even than a collection of biographies. It is always a very universal film about growing up, about dreams and hopes, realities and disappointments and the big question of what life holds in store for each of us.

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Itsihitanantsu

Animated Film
Russia
2011
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Natalia Ryss, Bi-studio LLC
Natalia Ryss
Dmitry Milovanov
Natalia Ryss, Irina Barsova, Andrey Gurgiev
Natalia Ryss
Natalia Ryss
Natalia Ryss
Dmitry Milovanov
Three brothers go to the woods for brushwood. The old father warns them of danger, but one of the brothers, Itsihitanantsu, does not listen to the advice and responds to the voices of the wood spirits. Spooky and expressionist shaped parable about the hubris of civilisation.

Milana

Documentary Film
Russia
2011
58 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Yulia Mishkinene, Vita Aktiva
Madina Mustafina
Madina Mustafina
Madina Mustafina
Madina Mustafina
Milana is only seven. But like all so-called neglected children she acts more adult than she is. The camera follows her for one short, violent hour, a camera which sometimes, it must be said, isn’t mercilessly close to the action but mercilessly far away. Why don’t you drop this camera, one hears oneself scream, why don’t you take this child away from her violent parents, why do you allow the mother to play out her unbearable ritual of threat and punishment, why don’t you save Milana by taking her away from her alcoholic parents, who vegetate in the forest on the edge of town, and bringing her to a place where everything is better. Because this place of a right life doesn’t exist, Madina Mustafina would probably answer. Because I want to show you what it’s like. Because her emotionally incompetent parents’ punches are as much part of Milana’s life as the intuitive knowledge that things aren’t any better elsewhere. Things may be more stable at the core of what we usually call civilisation, but there is no space for a sense of real freedom either.
Anyway, this is hardcore social cinema of the internationally acclaimed Razbezkina-Ugarov school of Russian documentary film. Few have exposed a life already lost in childhood as ruthlessly as the winner of Artdocfest 2011. Definitely a painful film.
– Barbara Wurm

My Strange Grandfather

Animated Film
Russia
2011
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Alexandra Didychenkova, Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK)
Dina Velikovskaya
Eugeny Kadimsky, Maria Gootnik
Alexander Vertyakov
Dina Velikovskaya
Dina Velikovskaya
Eugeny Kadimsky
The little girl finds her grandfather embarrassing until he surprises her with his newest invention. His creation draws them closer together.

Pishto Goes Away

Animated Film
Russia
2012
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lyubov Gaidukova, School-Studio "SHAR"
Sonya Kendel
Gurzuf
Sonya Kendel
Sonya Kendel
Sonya Kendel, Vladimir Danilov, Vlad Bayramgulov, Svetlana Zuyeva, Kirill Kravchenko
Sonya Kendel
Sonya Kendel
One autumn Pishto, a catlike character, gets so sick and tired of everything that he decides to leave for good. But how far can he get? A village story, affectionately told.

Snowflake

Animated Film
Russia
2012
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Vladimir Gassiev, Studio «Pchela»
Natalia Chernysheva
Alexandr Babin
Olga Chernova
Chernysheva Natalia
Pavel Pogudin
Once a little African boy got a letter. In the letter he found a snowflake made of paper. He liked it so much that he wished to see it in reality as he wondered what real snow looks like.

The Beautiful Lukanida

Animated Film
Russia
1912
10 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions

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Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
In this film the tale of a beautiful king’s daughter and her prince is staged with animated bugs. It was screened in a cinema in 1912 as the first puppet animation ever and laid the foundations for Starewicz’s success.

The Cameraman's Revenge

Animated Film
Russia
1912
12 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions

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Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Infidelity among beetles and grashoppers. When the husband discovers the infidelity of his wife, he films her with her lover and shows the film in the local cinema.
This 100-year-old film not only shows Starewicz's outstanding talent but has remained quite up to date even today.

The Lost Orchestra

Animated Film
Russia
2011
13 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Vadim Sotskov, KinoAtis
Alexey Bovkoun, Ekaterina Shabanova
Ilya Anisimov
The story of little Morton who lives in a park. His friends, the funny Orchestra, play nearby. One day, Morton wakes up and his friends are gone. So he takes off on a journey to find them. A big adventure starts.

Umba-Umba

Animated Film
Russia
2012
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lyubov Gaidukova, School-Studio "SHAR"
Konstantin Brilliantov
is used the part of the composition “Strike of miners in the Kuzbass” by Oleg Munager Sudakov and the music group “Grazhdanskaya oborona”
Konstantin Brilliantov
Konstantin Brilliantov
Konstantin Brilliantov
Anastassia Chekanikhina
The life of colliers is like the light on their helmet: it can shine brightly and goes off suddenly. An animation below ground.
International Programme 2012
Winter, Go Away! Elena Khoreva, Denis Klebleev, Dmitry Kubasov, Askold Kurov, Nadezhda Leonteva, Anna Moiseenko, Madina Mustafina, Sofia Rodkevich, Anton Seregin, Alexey Zhiryakov

Snapshots of the anti-Putin protest movement: from Pussy Riot across the street to the election office. Courageous, ingenious, occasionally funny and radical.

Winter, Go Away!

Documentary Film
Russia
2012
79 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marina Razbezhkina, Risk Film Studio
Elena Khoreva, Denis Klebleev, Dmitry Kubasov, Askold Kurov, Nadezhda Leonteva, Anna Moiseenko, Madina Mustafina, Sofia Rodkevich, Anton Seregin, Alexey Zhiryakov
Thaw, frost or the banishment of winter: there always seems to have been a correspondence between the important turning points of Soviet (now Russian) political history and a variety of extreme climatic conditions. Today it’s Vladimir Putin who personifies winter, the cold and dark weather in his great realm. But it was in winter (last year) that the first heavy protests against the sovereign started. How to cope with the anger and outrage at a corrupt system displaying more and more marks of a dictatorship? How to get rid of one’s fury at, even hatred of the man who has firmly drawn the (obviously arbitrary) line between detention and freedom somewhere between Khodorkovsky and Pussy Riot? The people portrayed in this film are courageous and refreshing, just like the young filmmakers themselves, a ten-person collective headed by Marina Razbezkina, who on behalf of the “Novaya Gazeta” follow the various opposition movements’ attempts to politicise society and create a civic public. It’s a difficult, often violent and sometimes even funny undertaking. Whether we see them as observers in an election office (whose chairman steals away through the backdoor to escape charges of fraud) or as protesters in the midst of a host of militia truncheons, there can be no more question of a “United Russia”. An instructive film and a radical diagnosis of its (our) age.
– Barbara Wurm