Film Archive

Convictions

Documentary Film
Poland,
Russia
2016
63 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Vlad Ketkovich, Mariya Chuprinskaya, Maciek Hamela, Tatyana Chistova
Tatyana Chistova
Omari Zverkov
Mariya Falileyeva , Omari Zverkov, Miroslav Mishinov, Aleksey Strelov, Dmitriy Medvedev
Tatyana Chistova
Marina Sheinman
These are the stories and trials of four young men who decided that to them “pacifism” is not a swearword. But this conviction means they are swimming against the tide of a thoroughly re-militarised society which has been forging men of steel for years now. Conscientious objection is listed in section 328 of Russian criminal law.

Shy Roman is well-briefed and tries his luck with great idols like Leo Tolstoy and Albert Einstein, which only earns him a reputation as a “pseudo-Dostoyevsky”, though. With Viktor, the draft board wonder whether he’s under their jurisdiction at all (“Boy or girl?”) and then vote – much to the annoyance of some bigwigs – for alternative service. This is where the story takes an incredibly funny turn, because he is assigned to the woman veterans’ dance company “Sudarushka”. However, Lyosha, a solitaire and determined opponent of the Ukraine war, and Johnny, professional protester with a remarkable rhetorical talent, are denied this kind of kitsch ending.

And yet we may raise our hopes along with them and this film – despite the basic bitterness provoked by all this: because anyone who imagined that political repression makes us braindead and mute is taught better by Chistova’s unsubdued look behind the scenes of collective opinion and mood making.

Barbara Wurm



MDR Film Prize 2016

Homage Marina Razbezhkina 2016
Dormition Marina Razbezhkina

Time stands still in Tatarstan. The last traces of the USSR are crumbling. A flag is taken down before it falls (apart) on its own: “Glory to the Great October”.

Dormition

Documentary Film
Russia
1991
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Studio Sovremennik
Marina Razbezhkina
Sergey Litovets
Marina Razbezhkina
Time stands still in Tatarstan. The last traces of the USSR are crumbling. A flag is taken down before it falls (apart) on its own: “Glory to the Great October”. Which century do the inmates of the psychiatric hospital come from? A never nostalgic lament, a crazy requiem.

Barbara Wurm
Homage Marina Razbezhkina 2016
End of the Road Marina Razbezhkina

Russia, the provinces, a sci-fi swamp (echoes of Stalker). On the radio: the coup against Gorbachev. But Moscow is far away. The people stay calm. There aren’t many left.

End of the Road

Documentary Film
Russia
1991
36 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Studio Sovremennik
Marina Razbezhkina
Sergey Litovets
Marina Razbezhkina
Russia, the provinces, a sci-fi swamp (echoes of Stalker). On the radio: the coup against Gorbachev. But Moscow is far away. The people stay calm. There aren’t many left. The rails on which the steam trains once carried the revolution to the Mari ASSR lead nowhere today. A masterpiece – and experimental to boot.

Barbara Wurm

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Russia
2016
1 minute
Kids DOK 2016
Hamlet. Comedy. Yevgeniy Fadeyev

It’s Hamlet on stage, but the real performance is happening two rows in front of us. An unruly group of boys and girls are clowning around in the exciting, almost safe semi-darkness of the auditorium.

Hamlet. Comedy.

Animated Film
Russia
2016
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lyubov Gaydukova
Yevgeniy Fadeyev
Yevgeniy Fadeyev
Yevgeniy Fadeyev
Liza Astretsova, Alexander Krivolutskaya, Alexandra Serdyukova, Rozalina Zinurova, Vera Vyugina, Yilia Elizaveta Astretsova, Aleksandra Krivolutskaya; Aleksandra Serdyukova, Rozalina Zinurova, Vera Vyugina, Yuliya Kuzmanina, Yekaterina Antonenko, Tatyana Feklistova
Yevgeniy Fadeyev
Nikolay Khitruk
The children are supposed to watch a play, but they can think of funnier things to do. And in the end the teacher’s bun is on fire.


Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award

Holy God

Documentary Film
Russia
2016
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Aleksey Uchitel, Kira Saksaganskaya
Vladlena Sandu
Vladlena Sandu
Vladlena Sandu
Vladlena Sandu
Dmitriy Boyarintsev
The Sandu family got three kilos of rice from the state as compensation for their bombed house in Grosny. After that not much was left of the lives of three women – grandmother, mother, daughter. Vladlena Sandu tells a thoughtful and dignified tale of physical and psychological trauma and the normal career of a refugee, including dog food, “trauma” certificate, homelessness and intensive care. Putin’s thanks on New Year’s Day go to the terrorism-fighting home country. Words fail them. Silence. Turmoil. Bewilderment.

Barbara Wurm
Homage Marina Razbezhkina 2016
I Feel Like Singing Marina Razbezhkina

Sacred or profane, romantic or folksy, Italian opera or Cuban Rumba, alone (secretly) or with neighbours (fervently) or the cultural association (of the Moscow Electric Lamp factory!)

I Feel Like Singing

Documentary Film
Russia
2000
28 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Studio Risk
Marina Razbezhkina
Avis Privin
Tatyana Naydenova
Marina Razbezhkina
Vladimir Zorin
Sacred or profane, romantic or folksy, Italian opera or Cuban Rumba, alone (secretly) or with neighbours (fervently) or the cultural association (of the Moscow Electric Lamp factory!) – this impressionist round of montages highlights a cultural asset that has become rare today: the joy of singing.

Barbara Wurm
International Programme 2016
In Another World Anna Bedyńska

A baby is expected. Anticipated. Where is the head, where are the legs? But it’s different here – Kasia, who already has two kids and a career, must take a decision: her baby has Down’s syndrome.

In Another World

Documentary Film
Poland,
Russia
2016
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marina Razbezhkina
Anna Bedyńska
Anna Bedyńska
Anna Bedyńska
Anna Bedyńska
Anna Bedyńska
A baby is expected. Anticipated. Where is the head, where are the legs? But it’s different here – Kasia, who already has two kids and a career, must take a decision: her baby has Down’s syndrome. Nine out of ten women in Germany choose an abortion in this case. For Kasia, who is catholic, this is hard to accept – as hard as the option of having the baby. Razbezhkina student Anna Bedyńska follows the family over a period of six months, in a film that touches on the last taboo of our perfect society.

Grit Lemke
Homage Marina Razbezhkina 2016
Life as It Is Marina Razbezhkina

“That’s when you should have been here with your camera!” Ten years ago a man refused to leave, for her sake. Things worked out, for about a week.

Life as It Is

Documentary Film
Russia
2002
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nataliya Zheltukhina (Studio Risk)
Marina Razbezhkina
Anton Silaev
Irina Uralskaya
Tatyana Naydenova
Marina Razbezhkina
Vladimir Zorin
“That’s when you should have been here with your camera!” Ten years ago a man refused to leave, for her sake. Things worked out, for about a week. “Love gone, flowers wilted.” Ever since then Shura has been singing, reading horoscopes and lonely hearts ads and dancing the tango in stable wellies. A woman, a village, a life.

Barbara Wurm
Kids DOK 2016
Moroshka Polina Minchenok

Everyone in the village is afraid of the big wolf and the men want to shoot it. But little Moroshka makes friends with the animal and tries to save him.

Moroshka

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

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Andrey Dobrunov
Polina Minchenok
Zakhar Antonov
Aleksey Minchenok
Polina Minchenok
Everyone in the village is afraid of the big wolf and the men want to shoot it. But little Moroshka makes friends with the animal and tries to save him.

S.P.A.R.T.A. – The Territory of Happiness

Documentary Film
Russia
2013
56 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marina Razbezhkina
Anna Moiseenko
Anna Moiseenko
Anna Moiseenko
Yuriy Geddert
The sign above the cowshed proudly reads “Mayakovski”. Cattle in the mud outside. Inside: Lenin, St. Mary, London Tower. A young woman (and altruist) reverently explains the wall newspaper’s organisation chart: the coefficient of every member of the agrarian workers’ commune near Kharkov is measured by lines of poems written per week. Yoga here, piglets there, Boy George over there, next to the TV’s capitalist orgies. All this ideology made her puke once, she says. No surprise. SPARTA consists of slogans (about healthy morals, sacred Russia, approved communism) that are meant to help them over the real post USSR misery and existential vacuum and are supposed to lead – for twenty years already – to a “theory of happiness”. Which they don’t.

Barbara Wurm

Shrove Sunday

Documentary Film
Russia
2013
32 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marina Razbezhkina
Dina Barinova
Dina Barinova
Dina Barinova
Calm, intimate and enigmatic, the film portrays three physically and mentally handicapped siblings. Shura has lived with her twin brothers at close quarters for a long time, quite deliberately: no nursing home, no special care (no social disaster). On Shrove Sunday they sing sacred songs. Inspirited.

Barbara Wurm
Homage Marina Razbezhkina 2016
The Holidays Marina Razbezhkina

“Everyone still alive? You’re home! Get out.” 24 hours spent permanently half-asleep, even Little Nina. “Rough” is the least you can say about this journey home from the orphan school for the holidays.

The Holidays

Documentary Film
Russia
2005
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nataliya Zheltukhina, Grigoriy Libergal (Studio Risk)
Marina Razbezhkina
Anton Silaev
Irina Uralskaya, Ivan Alferov
Yuriy Geddert
Marina Razbezhkina
Viktor Brus
“Everyone still alive? You’re home! Get out.” 24 hours spent permanently half-asleep, even Little Nina. “Rough” is the least you can say about this journey home from the orphan school for the holidays. The lost awareness of space and time becomes a ghostly (natural) state of being. In “The Holidays”, Razbezhkina’s social curiosity blends into ethnography. Life of the Ugric Mansi people gradually takes shape, stripped of any didactic intentions – between killer spirit and ski bob creations, baby swing and kerosene lamp, shaman and wolf in the snow and: realism and impressionism. Nina will return to the city. For a short while – and yet an eternity – we too were part of her universe.

Barbara Wurm
Kids DOK 2016
The Unwashed Penguin Isabelle Favez

The little penguin is afraid of water and nobody wants to play with him. But then an encounter with a whale changes his life.

The Unwashed Penguin

Animated Film
Russia
2015
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Andrey Dobrunov
Isabelle Favez
Isabelle Favez
Mikhail Aldashin
The little penguin is afraid of water and nobody wants to play with him. But then an encounter with a whale changes his life.

Yamaha

Documentary Film
Russia
2015
38 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marina Razbezhkina
Inna Omelchenko
Inna Omelchenko
Inna Omelchenko
Inna Omelchenko
He moves to the city for and with her. Valentin loves his Yamaha and takes good care of her. Is he still testing or already playing? The camera follows him closely, observes the cute loser in front of the mirror (dying his hair), in the subway passage (Beethoven’s “Für Elise”) and in the foreign workers’ shared flat (unimaginable). And finally going home, back to Mummy.

Barbara Wurm