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Dark Matter

Dark Matter
Viktor Brim
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany,
Russia
2020
19 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
David Schittek
Viktor Brim
Danila Lipatov

Quiet, dark shots of nocturnal fog, of a mine, a dump truck or a wreck, of huge earth craters and new surface contours created by excavation. Raw material extraction, economisation and exploitation of nature are the themes of this visual study. It’s accompanied by an unobtrusive, but threatening and assertive sound that underlines the mystic quality of the images. Post-industrial landscapes become post-apocalyptic.

Borjana Gaković
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Rural vs. Urban
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Natur in Bearbeitung
Zustand der Welt
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Extended Reality 2022
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Dragzina
Nikita Shokhov, Masha Vorslav
Where are the spaces for the LGBTQIA2S+ culture in Russia? This AR experience opens a digital safe space for the drag scene where they can perform without fear of violence.
2022
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Dragzina

Dragzina
Nikita Shokhov, Masha Vorslav
Extended Reality 2022
XR
USA,
Russia,
UK
2022
12 minutes
English,
Russian

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Nikita Shokhov
Masha Vorslav
Anna Evtiugina
iPureland.art
Alexey Golubev
Zac Kim
Anton Presnov
Elena Popova
Olesya Bolmatova
Yuan Li
Parker Ford
Konstantin Andzhanovskii
Ultraflex
Anoche Xenon
Masha Vorslav
Lorina Rey
Anoche Xenon
Skinny Jenny
Polis Vera/Robert
Vanessa Diziai
Ramona Vile
Vannet
Moscow gender play community "Dragzina"
Moscow drag community "Home Drag Race"
Ilya Lagerfeld

The LGBTQIA2S+ community in Russia is facing an increasingly hostile social climate, is tabooed and criminalised. The AR experience opens a digital safe space for the local drag scene where they can perform without fear of violence. At the same time, this artistic occupation of heteronormatively dominated places is a political intervention.

Lars Rummel
International Competition 2020
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Joy
Daria Slyusarenko
Bliss and misery are close together in the travelling circus. Full of wit and tragedy, “Joy” tells of ambitious clowns, painful relationships and the rough life behind the scenes.
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Joy

Dzhoy
Daria Slyusarenko
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Russia
2020
63 minutes
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Daria Slyusarenko
Marina Razbezhkina
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko

The Russian travelling circus “Joy” promises joy to the outside world – and not just in name. Behind the scenes the tone is rather harsh, unless there’s a party going on: life is dominated by jealousies, small and bigger cruelties. In a debut film full of wit and tragedy, Daria Slyusarenko portrays great artistic dreams in a small tent and four people who, each in their own way, cope with life in the circus.

Their permanent tour takes them through small towns where only a few kids are still enthusiastic about snakes, parrots and clown acts. Otherwise the tiers remain mostly empty. The tent is run-down, the animals are tired, “Joy” has seen better days. The nomadic life isn’t easy for the artists either: putting the tent up and down, in pouring rain and stormy weather, the only retreat is the mobile home and money is tight at every turn. The show still goes on, without artistic compromises. When Yana turns up, after many years of working in Europe, and becomes clown Valeriy’s new partner, enthusiasm spreads. While the two rehearse ambitiously, the animal dressage couple struggles to keep up the status quo and the stars of the ring together. A portrait of bittersweet circus life that comes amazingly close to its characters.
Marie Kloos
Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Liebe/ ohne Liebe
Sinn und Sein
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Lada, Ivan’s Sister

Lada, sestra Ivana
Olesya Shchukina
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2022
Animated Film
France,
Russia
2021
7 minutes
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Olesya Shchukina
Pavel Loparev
Irina Khodyreva
Iulia Voitova
Arman Avdalyan
Olesya Shchukina
Andrey Guryanov
Anastasia Patlay

With childlike ease, entertaining and touching, this colourful animation shows the transition of a woman who was born in the “wrong body”. With her family’s support and understanding, Ivan becomes Lada – a happy, content person. Based on a true individual story, this film is also a parable on the ingenuity of the transgender community who sometimes have to take unusual paths to establish a life worth living in an ignorant environment.

Borjana Gaković
Winner of Silver Dove (Competition for the Audience Award Short Film)
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Gender Norms
Queer Lives
Witty
Re-Visions 2020
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Nyurka’s Bath
Oksana Cherkasova
On the eve of the wedding Mother Nyurka heats up the sauna, and the household spirit makes sure that the whole wedding company get their long-deserved thrashing.
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Nyurka’s Bath

Nyurkina banya
Oksana Cherkasova
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Russia
1995
11 minutes
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Oksana Cherkasova
Valentina Khizhnyakova
Aleksandr Gerasimov
Vsevolod Kireyev
Sergey Reshetnikov
Oksana Cherkasova
Andrey Zolotukhin
Ksenya Ustuzhaninova
Lyudmila Putyatina
Nadezhda Shestakova

A folk tale from the Urals: on the eve of the wedding old Mother Nyurka heats up the sauna. A steam bath is obligatory and it’s a matter of honour for the respective household spirit to give the whole wedding company their long overdue thrashing. After the wild chase, Nyurka calms the goblin, feeds him and wishes the bridal couple a happy future.

Ralph Eue
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Family Ties
Liebe/ ohne Liebe
Re-Visions 2020
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Stakes
Boris Kazakov
A wild ironization and deconstruction of the old Soviet pathos of the victory of technical progress – like the accelerated pulse just before a heart attack.
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Stakes

Koly
Boris Kazakov
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Russia
1999
8 minutes
Russian,
English
subtitles: 
None

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Boris Kazakov
Saint Petersburg International Film Festival of Festivals
Boris Kazakov
Boris Kazakov
Boris Kazakov
Boris Kazakov

Overpaintings and scratchings in scenes from the Russian science fiction film “Silver Heads” by Yevgeniy Yufit. Considering that this work is already an outrageous deconstruction of the old Soviet pathos of the inevitable victory of scientific and technical progress, “Stakes” must be regarded as its drug-fuelled exaggeration into the unsurpassable.

Ralph Eue
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Poesie und Grenzgänge
International Competition Short Film 2022
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Swallowtails
Yana Osman, Anton Khamchishkin
Spring 2022, Russia: How is protest against the Ukraine war possible? Can a film be an act of resistance despite censorship? Yes, in a detailed contemplation of the Kremlin wall, for example.
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Swallowtails

Lastochkiny khvosty
Yana Osman, Anton Khamchishkin
International Competition Short Film 2022
Documentary Film
Russia
2022
17 minutes
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Yana Osman
Anton Khamchishkin
Yana Osman
Anton Khamchishkin
Anton Khamchishkin
Yana Osman
Uri Lankin
Anton Khamchishkin

In the spring of 2022, security guards in Moscow are tense. Under the guise of a film competition on the architecture of the city, Yana Osman and Anton Khamchishkin are permitted, if nothing else, to film the battlements of the Kremlin wall. But how to speak of the attack when you have to say “special military operation”? How to create pictures of resistance when filming any protest is forbidden? By pondering swallows and mathematical catastrophe theory, for example.

Marie Kloos
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State of the World
Out of Balance
War and Conflict
Re-Visions 2020
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Switchcraft
Konstantin Bronzit
No sign of peaceful coexistence: A lazy cat, a nervous human and a clever mouse who doesn’t show herself but still compels absolute attention.
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Switchcraft

Svichkraft
Konstantin Bronzit
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Russia
1994
9 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Konstantin Bronzit
Zis Production
Irina Ershova
Konstantin Bronzit
Denis Chernov
Vladimir Golunin
Valentin Vasenkov

Oh, if only the cat could get up the enthusiasm to do what’s natural for her species, namely, to catch mice! But this cat is good for nothing, just lies around languidly, too lazy to even lift a paw. The clever mouse invests more energy. It’s true she doesn’t show herself, but she manages to make everything revolve around her, even to make human and cat leave the house …

Ralph Eue
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Witty
Soul-Things 2022
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The Wound
Anna Budanova
A girl affected by ostracism creates a little demon. Mental pain becomes a dominant identity figure that seems impossible to get rid of.
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The Wound

Obida
Anna Budanova
Soul-Things 2022
Animated Film
Russia
2012
10 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Anna Budanova
studio Ural-Cinema
Mikhail Dvoryankin
Anna Kritzkaya

A girl affected by ostracism angrily creates a little demon that is to follow her forever from now on, comforting her in moments of disappointment, but also keeping her locked in her loneliness. In Budanova’s beautiful animation, mental pain takes the shape of an identity figure that seems impossible to get rid of.

Malte Stein
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Depth of Souls