Film Archive

International Programme 2018
Dramatic and Mild Nastia Korkia

The arrangement: muscle man, Kandinsky, curious people. They all meet here in the smallest imaginable space, mingling in a situation that’s abstract on the one hand but very corporeal on the other.

Dramatic and Mild

Documentary Film
Russia
2018
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anastasiya Olesik, Sergey Kondryakov
Nastia Korkia
Sergey Amirdzhanov
Tatyana Vikhreva
Nastia Korkia
Yelena Petrosyan
Like an action figure in a doll’s house: the impressive security officer makes his pectorals twitch in turn, the walkie-talkie skips to the rhythm. He keeps watch in a comfortably furnished box mounted on stilts in an industrial building. It contains: a painting by Wassily Kandinsky! The visitors’ queue winds up to the box, everybody wants to see the artwork, be on intimate terms with this treasure. A few square metres of complete concentration.

Carolin Weidner
International Programme 2018
The Book of the Sea Aleksei Vakhrushev

Two traditional Chukchi hunters in the wide plains of ice in the furthest north-east of Russia: seals, whales and people, the world of today and ancient myths.

The Book of the Sea

Documentary Film
Russia
2018
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Aleksei Vakhrushev
Aleksei Vakhrushev
Alexander Tavrizyan
Vyacheslav Makaryev, Ruslan Fedotov
Julia Trofimenko
Eduard Belyayev
Aleksei Vakhrushev
Maria Ushenina, Sergei Ovcharenko
Two hunters in the Bering Strait in deepest north-east Russia. They are hunting to provide for their families and the inhabitants of their village. In the midst of the white expanse of ice they stalk the seals, circle the whales in the sea in their boats until the right moment for the harpoon has come. For the inhabitants of this icy region hunting is part of a special coexistence with nature. Not as a phrase to describe a peaceful co-existence despite everything but as an inextricable link – at least from the human point of view.

The past and present of this way of life are interwoven in the ancient stories that accompany them. In “The Book of the Sea”, the filmmaker Aleksei Vakhrushev, son and cinematographic herald of the Chukchi culture, intercuts ethnographic and landscape shots of the icy expanses with animated sequences in warm earth colours which resonate with an archaic but ever-present echo of the myths of the indigenous population of far east Russia. These elements combine to produce a haunting testimony of life in the Arctic.

Fabian Tietke