Film screening: Babai


From 1 September 2020




Garage Screen summer cinema
Film screening: BabaiFilm screening: Babai


An experimental Russian debut on the intersection of feature and documentary film. Brothers Mark and Gesha are teenagers living an incomplete family. Their father is harsh and does not know how to express his feelings. Rooted in Slavic folklore, this picture is a tactile coming of age drama that immerses the viewer in the world of a child, full of fears, traumas, and hopes. The only Russian participant of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, Babai is part of the Made in Russia special program of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival.

Babai is a night spirit in Slavic folklore, most often evoked by parents trying to intimidate their misbehaving children. Artem Aisagaliev, a Russian-born filmmaker who lives and works in California, uses the context of this tale to create a claustrophobic allegory of fear and trauma, one that is inextricably tied to growing up, particularly within the patriarchal family the teenage brothers Mark and Gesha belong to. Documentary film director Sasha Kulak's agile camera creates a sense of the documentary transmission of a child's worldview. Babai, however, is a fictional film, albeit with a free-flowing structure largely built on improvisation.

The screening is in Kazakh and Russian with Russian subtitles.

Dir. Artem Aisagaliev
Russia, USA, 2020. 65 min. 16+


New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is a platform for new and daring cinema whose mission is to support original creative expression and to amplify new voices internationally. The festival was established in 2019 in St. Petersburg. It was marked by a large-scale three-day preview, during which over 50,000 people visited New Holland Island. The president of the festival is Alexander Rodnyansky, the program director is Alexey Artamonov, and Andrey Kartashov is the curator of the short competition. The festival is organized by the team of the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.


Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*


 GARAGE cardholders: 175 RUB**

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance