I. FEAR. CLAUSTROPHOBIA
Producer: ANTON BILZHO
RUSSIA, 2022, 60 MIN
A collective work created as a part of the laboratory “I. Fear. Claustrophobia”, consists of videos that made at the beginning of the quarantine, from May 2020 to August 2021. Anyone could take part in the project.
I’M GOING TO FIND
Producer: EVGENY DUDCHAK
RUSSIA, 2022, 90 MIN
Elena is an ambulance doctor. Together with her team she heads to a crime scene which her elder son Konstantin indicated placing a phone call to the emergency service. Elena speeds up fearful that Konstantin is the victim. But the most horrible part is still to come. Konstantin is the criminal. Elena is tortured by the sense of responsibility and guilt. Has she loved her son enough? What is the extent of her guilt in the misfortune? Elena has no faith in the investigation and begins her own search, realizing that she knows nothing about her own child.
SINEAD O’CONNOR (WORK-IN-PROGRESS)
Producer: RINAT MAKHMUDOV
RUSSIA, 2022, 95 MIN
Two years Sasha left the orphanage. Now it is rather hard for her to socially adapt and she perceives the world as a hostile environment. Since childhood, the girl is used to defending her right to life and solving problems through fights – she spends all her free time in the ring for bare-knuckle fighting. Despite the combative nature and hobbies, deep insight Sasha dreams of exactly the opposite: not to cripple people, but to cure them. But she lacks money to go to medical school, and no hospital will hire anyone without special education. By chance she meets a teenage boy with disabilities, Kolya, whose mother is torn between her son, her job at a fish factory and her boyfriend, a policeman. She tries to find a nurse for Kolya. This encounter radically changes the lives of all characters.
Producer: VYACHESLAV FYODOROV
RUSSIA, 2021, 76 MIN
Weekdays of an elevator specialist consist of numerous complaints, inspections, acceptance of new elevators. In response to one of the complaints, a commission is formed to detect extraneous sounds and noises in the apartment of the complainant. During the inspection it is assumed that the sound comes from the elevator utilities. Additional examinations are carried out. At the same time the acceptance of a new elevator takes place, accompanied by some problems.
Producer: ANDREI KARASOV
RUSSIA, 2021, 97 MIN
“Mint Gingerbread” consists of two novels, two life stories. One is overly sweet and saccharine, like a Christmas tale, the other is frightening, creepy and realistic like life itself. The life filled with childish and adult emotions, agonies and fears, feelings of unease and joy. Some people are destined to become orphans while their mother is still alive while others will meet their mother, the dearest person on Earth, through faith alone.
Producer: ALEKSEY LAPIN
RUSSIA – AUSTRIA, 2021, 123 MIN
Russian-born director travels back to his relatives’ home village near the Ukrainian border, where he himself used to spend every summer. The film crew claiming that they have come to cast a historical film that is to be set in the village. What follows is a charming, semi-fictional documentary by and with the village community, the villagers are happy to take part. Observed scenes unobtrusively merge into staged ones. The cinematography in black and white is notable, full of references to classic Russian films. It is an affectionate local portrait with a sense for the absurd.
Producer: VETA GERASKINA
RUSSIA – BULGARIA – GERMANY, 2022, 95 MIN
Lisa is a sophisticated woman living in a premium class world. Her husband Peter speaks Russian with a German accent and owns a chocolate factory. Their life takes place in the minimalistic expensive interiors and an aloof restraint of feelings. There are no children in their expensive country house, but there are elegant greyhounds. But Liza’s cold calm is undermined by a mystery that connects her to the past she wishes to dislodge forever. And somewhere nearby hides a burnt-out room, the key to the room in the hands of teenage girl Ulya.
Producer: MARIA IVANOVA Z.
RUSSIA – LEBANON – GERMANY, 2021, 124 MIN
The action of the film is set in Lebanon. Ida, a young Lebanese woman, after the war escapes from her drinking mother from a small village to the city. There she begins to date a European man and falls completely under his power. She is willing to do anything for him, perhaps even give up her religion. The story is told through the prism of culture and traditions of a Middle Eastern country. The film covers an important theme of East and West through the relationship between an Oriental girl and a Western man.
THE SUN WILL RISE TOMORROW
Producer: ROBERT DEAF
RUSSIA, 2021, 97 MIN
A story about the son who is given a second chance to find his mother. About the war which brings about human sorrow and non-healing wounds. The protagonist, the 40-year-old Walter, left his hometown a few years ago and works at a construction site in Moscow. It’s not only houses that he is building in Russia, but his own life as well. Once a phone-call from his hometown upsets all his plans. Walter learns that the war has come to his mother’s mountain village.
THE DREAM IS GONE
Producer: MARIA BATOVA
RUSSIA, 2021, 91 MIN
Eighteen-year-old girl Alyona decides to get acquainted with her biological father. Vasily, a veteran of the First Chechen War, lives alone and works as a railway switchman. The arrival of his daughter completely changes the life of the character.
Producer: VADIM KOSTROV
RUSSIA, 2021, 109 МИН
Summer journeys nostalgically through the warm Middle Ural summer with eight-year-old Vadim and his half-sister Christina. They enjoy evening festivities with their older teenage friends by the fire, go on mellow skateboard rides, and have a quiet daytime nap in the garden house. Caressed by the sun and the warmth of his relatives, hidden in the quiet tranquillity of the garden and far away from the cruelty of the outside world, Vadim enjoys his childhood days. Acting as a serene lullaby that mimics the movements of a gentle breeze, summer provides warmth, joy and solace, offering hope and strength for the future.
Producer: GRIGORY KOLOMIYTSEV
RUSSIA, 2020, 75 MIN
Nine-year-old Andrei lives with his mother in a small seaside village. His weary mother thinks of sending her son to the boarding school. Once during a storm the boy stumbles upon a dog on the shore and decides that it is the mythic Chupacabra who is popularly believed to assault domestic animals and feed on their blood. Andrei thinks that the beast possesses magic powers and will give him the life he dreams of.
EYES OF OTAR
Producer: GLEB PIRYATINSKY
RUSSIA, 2021, 86 MIN
The movie has been constructed on the borderline between reality and fiction. A prominent Russian TV host Otar Kushanashvili goes blind and falls out of the stream of life. He finds himself in the situation that has been proposed to him, and this situation gradually becomes more and more real. He is surrounded by people who play themselves but lose their spontaneity in front of the camera. The camera is a cold unblinking TV eye and its companion is the all-powerful editing, which enslaves the inherently neutral material. The dialogue around the improvised nucleus is constructed between sound and image, between the visual and the invisible. It is the gap between TV and cinema, between documentary and literature.
Producer: GABRIELA SELIVANOVA
RUSSIA, 2021, 68 MIN
Eager to escape from her hometown Masha makes an unsuccessful attempt to enter to study in Moscow. Her only friend is an Afro-French guy with whom she communicates over the video in two languages. On the spur of the moment Masha ends up as an extra for erotic scenes on the set of a queer debut movie. Trying to cope with her loneliness and desperate to make new friends she nonetheless finds herself at odds with the new environment. She tries to rebuild her relationship with her town and her family and postpones her relocation plans.
Producer: RINAT BEK
RUSSIA – AZERBAIJAN, 2022, 68 MIN
A man has come out of rehab. Found himself lying under the bridge, it seemed that he had died. Identifies the body of a girl. Gets into the labyrinth of memory in search of a single remembrance of her. And once he finds it, everything is filled and erased by the tapestry interwoven from his life.
Producer: ARMEN HAKOPIAN, DMITRY TARKHOV
RUSSIA – ARMENIA, 2021, 98 MIN
Our time. A comet is approaching planet Earth, bound to destroy it. The government is disbanded, communications and transport links are all down. The world is in a state of chaos. The main characters, Anna and Andrei, who live in a small provincial town, continue to wait for their sons, who left the town for Moscow 9 years ago. They dream of facing the encounter with their family. The sons arrive, but a real family reunion costs the characters far more than they expected. The comet is getting closer, and we must have time to say everything. But the most important words turn into grievances accumulated over the years, hidden desires, skeletons in the closet that do not allow them to sit down at the table. Will the characters be able to remain a true family in their last hours or did the apocalypse happen long before the comet fell?