Film Archive

Kids DOK 2015
About a Mother Dina Velikovskaya

A mother protects and cares for her sons while they’re little. But even later, when they have already left home, she is always there when her sons need help.

About a Mother

Animated Film
Russia
2015
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lyubov Gajdukova
Dina Velikovskaya
Artyom Fadeyev
Dina Velikovskaya
Dina Velikovskaya
Tatyana Jacyna, Khatuna Tatuashvili, Dina Velikovskaya
Dina Velikovskaya
Artyom Fadeyev
A mother protects and cares for her sons while they’re little. But even later, when they have already left home, she is always there when her sons need help.
International Programme 2015
Back Home Inna Denisova

Coming home to Simferopol. Encounters with fanatical Putin supporters and critics who have to leave Crimea. An authentic look at a deeply divided society.

Back Home

Documentary Film
Russia
2015
74 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Inna Denisova
Inna Denisova
DJ Enjoykin
Egor Maximov, Oleg Morgun
Natasha Josef
Anna Shifrina
Inna Denisova
Roman Bakharev
We’ll probably never know exactly how the annexation of Crimea happened. But Inna Denisova, who realised this no budget film with lots of energy, is not concerned with the covert army operations or the open political rhetoric. She is interested in the subtle atmospheric shifts that come with the geopolitical ones. How do you live in a sea of Russian white, blue and red and graffiti posters that some see as promises of happiness and others as chauvinistic boasts? Denisova counters Putin’s great project of bringing the peninsula back into the realm with her own small, very personal return to her native city, Simferopol. Two versions of “Back Home” – and the question of what this was, is and will be: home, belonging, childhood.

She talks to old school friends, artists and gallery owners, avoiding all polemics. Some stay, many leave. Whether interviewing a friend of director Oleg Sencov (sentenced to 20 years hard labour for “terrorism” without a scrap of evidence) or looking at the extremely martial re-enactment event culture (tank lightshows for the whole family), whether talking to a cartoonist who has no more tourists to draw, which is why he now portrays Zhirinovsky and the “friendly little people” of the annexation … one thing becomes clear: it’s a deeply divided society whose individual members feel even more deeply insecure.

Barbara Wurm
Kids DOK 2015
O, Darling! Nastya Voronina

The fox serenades the chickens and their hearts melt. One by one they leave the cock, who naturally isn’t pleased at all.

O, Darling!

Animated Film
Russia
2015
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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VGIK
Nastya Voronina
Sentyabr' FM band
Anton Kozlov, Maksim Kiryunin, Dmitriy Golovkin
Nastya Voronina
Anton Chizhikov, Nastya Voronina
The fox serenades the chickens and their hearts melt. One by one they leave the cock, who naturally isn’t pleased at all.
Next Masters Wettbewerb 2015
Strange Particles Denis Klebleev

Quantum physics mean everything to Konstantin, but, alas, his students are more interested in girls. The loving portrait of a man who doesn’t fit into this world.

Strange Particles

Documentary Film
Russia
2015
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Denis Klebleev
Denis Klebleev
Denis Klebleev
Denis Klebleev
Denis Klebleev

Konstantin, an introverted young scientist, is tasked with familiarising the adolescents in a summer camp with physics. Denis Klebleev puts Konstantin at the centre of his observations and image compositions. There is almost no shot in this film that doesn’t live and breathe through the strong presence of this charismatic and weird oddball. The camera lingers on him, apparently uninterested in the environment in which the hero of the films seems to be drifting aimlessly back and forth. Konstantin’s thoughts perpetually revolve around quantum theory. He is obsessed with the idea of being able to explain the world by it somehow. All the more frustrating for him when he gradually finds out that the adolescents in the camp refuse to share his passion. Isolation drives him into a corner. The narrative space gets smaller, too, and Konstantin’s thoughtful and nervous face begins to dominate the screen. “Strange Particles” is a portrait that also stands for the suffering of everybody who believes: strongly, sometimes in something unexplainable that can’t be proved. An existential question. Zaza Rusadze





Honorary Mention in the Next Masters Competition 2015


The Conversation

Documentary Film
Russia
2015
22 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alexander Gutman
Anastasia Novikova
Pavel Skvortsov
Elena Gromova
Anastasia Novikova
Elina Shtilman
The conversation is largely with himself. Somewhere in a lonely landscape, in a humble cabin, an old man sits at the window. A mobile phone is on the table, he’s waiting for a call. In the meantime he talks to himself, since his wife is far away, in hospital. A spider weaves its web on the ceiling, a water kettle simmers, time passes. A composition of exquisite moments of melancholy: a lament for the absent wife and at the same time an ode to being together.

Ralph Eue



Golden Dove for best short documentary in the International Competition Short Film 2015

Kids DOK 2015
The Little Star Svetlana Andrianova

The curious little star accidentally falls from heaven. Everybody on earth wants to have it, everybody’s crying “mine, mine”. No wonder the star wants to go back as quickly as possible.

The Little Star

Animated Film
Russia
2014
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Vladimir Gassiev
Svetlana Andrianova
Alex Dreyshner
Svetlana Andrianova
Svetlana Andrianova
Yulia Aronova
Alex Dreyshner
The curious little star accidentally falls from heaven. Everybody on earth wants to have it, everybody’s crying “mine, mine”. No wonder the star wants to go back as quickly as possible.

Under the Sun

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Germany,
North Korea,
Russia
2015
110 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Natalya Manskaya, Simone Baumann, Filip Remunda
Vitaly Mansky
Kārlis Auzāns
Alexandra Ivanova, Mikhail Gorobchuk
Andrej Paperny
Vitaly Mansky
Evgeniya Lachina, Anrijs Krenbergs
North Korea wants to be the best of all possible worlds. Everything and everyone is taken care off. Pyongyang is a clean, modern metropolis. 8-year-old Zin-mi, who is at the centre of this film, takes us through the stations of a happy childhood: becoming a member of the pioneer organisation, brisk flag ceremonies, enough food and always a song in praise of the Great Leader Kim Jong-un on her lips.

Russian-Ukrainian director Vitaly Mansky got the official permission to document the ordinary life of the city and country for one year. He knows that he is being instrumentalised and simply turns the tables by exposing how the presentations and arrangements are fabricated. His official minder proves to be a real “co-director”. So it’s the apparent details and minor matters Mansky asks us to discover. They offer insights into a well-trained and dulled society. Though we feel like we’re in “1984”, Mansky has come neither as a voyeur nor as a cynic. His camera is looking for the human element behind the mask of the official bulletins: a yawn or a moment of insecurity in this land of the ever-rising sun.

Cornelia Klauß