Seventeen years after the terrorist attack at Dubrovka Theater, one of the victims decides to organize a memorial evening in the building where the hostage-taking took place. With surgical detachment, the new drama by Ivan I. Tverdovsky (Zoology, Correction Class) reveals untapped historical trauma, collective amnesia, and a survivor's tragedy. The Moscow premiere of the film at Garage Screen will be introduced and discussed with the audience by the director.
Natalia (Natalia Pavlenkova) left her family and entered a convent after surviving the hostage-taking during the Nord-Ost musical in October 2002. Seventeen years later, she returns to the scene of the tragedy. Together with other survivors, she wants to organize a memorial evening at Dubrovka Theater and remember, articulate, and partially reconstruct the terrible and now forgotten event that changed her life and her relationships with loved ones.
Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s latest film is a scalpel-sharp movie about hushed-up post-traumatic syndrome, the hostages of which include not only the victims and witnesses of the terrorist attack but also Russian society as a whole. The international premiere of Conference took place as part of Venice Days at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.
Dir. Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Russia, Estonia, UK, Italy, 2020. 129’, 16+