Premieres and Q&A: Leave of Absence, News From the Other World, and Naked


From 3 September 2020




Garage Screen summer cinema


The short film program is an echo of the 1st New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival and features three films by Russian directors: a film on masculinity in crisis that won an award in Locarno; a documentary portrait of Yuri and Maria Mamleev; and an experimental animation about a superhero from a tower block.

Leave of Absence

Russia in the 2010s. Artem, a man of few words (and whose name we learn only in the final credits), lives with a family he doesn’t love, works at a meat plant, and spends his evenings watching news of Russia’s military successes in Syria. Anton Sazonov's directorial debut is an aesthete’s study of life in Russia's tower blocks and an attempted existential exploration of Russian masculinity (and the so-called “deep nation”) in crisis.

Leave of Absence
Dir. Anton Sazonov
Russia, 2019. 12 min. 16+

News From the Other World

The Mamleev family portrait, set in the cramped interior of a small Moscow flat, is an experiment in metaphysical documentary making. Yury Mamleev, the great writer of the Russian chthonic, plays with a cat while his wife, the translator Maria Mamleeva, flips through a photo album from their émigré years in Paris and America. But something eerie seeps into these scenes of simple comfort, vaguely manifesting itself in the elliptical editing and the soundtrack’s unsettling, abstract humming.

News From the Other World
Dir. Valentina Bek
Russia. 2020. 28 min. 12+


The film takes place somewhere in Eastern Europe. Following an accident in a secret laboratory, the main character acquires superpowers that he doesn’t actually need: he doesn’t want to save the world, nor is he interested in fighting supervillains. All he desires is to be left alone. Kirill Khachaturov recreates an awkward, angular landscape of Russian modernity using his very own animation technique—photographic backdrops and crude 3D animation.

Dir. Kirill Khachaturov
Russia, 2019. 15 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