Svetlana Proskurina – Do svidaniya mama AKA Goodbye Mom (2014)



A story about a chance encounter that momentarily destroyed a successful and happy family life. All of a sudden the woman found passion and desire more important than her loving husband and cherished child. The father and son suffer from the realization that they are no longer needed, but try to understand and forgive. The woman, who failed to become happy, is in turmoil. Continue reading

Mikhail Lukachevsky – Urun kun AKA A White Day (2013)

On a frozen dark night in remote Siberia, a group of strangers travel home together in a van. When the driver refuses to stop for an elder, a darkening shadow looms over what could possibly be the most tragic night of their lives. This dramatic and thrilling feature with its poetic pacing and exquisite cinematography is easily one of Lukachevskyi’s finest works.

Winner — Best Dramatic Feature — 15th International Film Festival of Indigenous Peoples ImagineNATIVE in Toronto Continue reading

Ilmar Raag – Ya ne vernus AKA I Won’t Come Back (2014)


A young woman who grew up in orphanage is longing to be loved, but does not have it in her to love others. Her teenage looks help her while falsely accused of committing a crime to hide in a orphanage without arousing any suspicion. There, she meets a 13 years old homeless person like herself, Kristina, and together they set out on a long journey to a small town in Kazakhstan, where Kristina’s grandmother lives… Continue reading

Mikhail Segal – Kino pro Alekseeva AKA A Film About Alekseev (2014)


Sometimes we know less about the past than about the future. Alekseev, a lonely old man, unexpectedly discovers that he has not lived the life he thought he had, and finds himself to be a completely different person. Continue reading

Natalya Meshchaninova – Kombinat ‘Nadezhda’ AKA The Hope Factory (2014)


Industrial city of Norilsk: factories, cold, chemical air. The only desire of young people living here is to leave, against all odds. A docu-style, emotionally-driven drama about a young girl desperately fighting for an escape which is so blurry, and for love which is so insecure.

Due to its vast industrial areas and enormous industrial output, the Russian city of Norilsk has become one of the most polluted places in the world. However, despite the persistent ecological crisis, the severe northern climate and harsh living conditions, life goes on there in its own extreme, as well as routine, way. But the will to live that such an existence fosters is actually the will, or rather the dream, to escape, especially for a young generation. A desperate, hardly possible dream that moves and traps its adherents, turning against them. Continue reading

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