Wise and foolish virgins, Trotsky and Mercader, parents and their children… along with comedy and drama, this selection includes documentary and experimental films by Russian filmmakers including Mikhail Mestetsky and Alina Nasibullina.
The screening will be followed by a meeting with the filmmakers.
Alena Zavarzina is a Russian snowboarder and medallist at the 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2018 she announced her retirement. Anastasia Vorotnikova looks into the reasons that made the young snowboarder give up on her career. How hard is it to quit sport if you have devoted most of your life to it? And what is life after professional sport like?
Director: Anastasia Vorotnikova
Russia, 2019. 23 min. 12+
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.” (Matthew 25:1-5) Alina Nasibullina offers a bold interpretation of a biblical parable.
Director: Alina Nasibullina
Russia, 2019. 15 min. 16+
Masha is about to turn seventeen, but she still hasn’t met her father. She has his phone number and knows his address but contacting him is not easy.
Director: Alyona Stryrikovich
Russia, 2019. 13 min. 18+
Three women: Anna, her Russian mother, and Emma are at the dinner table. The mother is trying to be polite, but the air is tense. Anna needs to tell her mother something very important.
Director: Valentina Gordeeva
UK, 2019. 13 min. 18+
Max returns to his hometown, which he has not visited for a while. He sees his old friends and meets strangers, but his thoughts are fixed on hunting, which he used to do with his father.
Directors: Igor Krasnikov, Vakhtangi Khubutia
Russia, 30 min. 18+
A Historical Mistake
Ramón Mercader wants assassinate Trotsky, Masha wants to seduce Yura, the best student in her class, and the schoolteacher wants to tell on them to the director, in a story that mixes different eras, stories, and people.
A Historical Mistake
Director: Mikhail Mestetsky
Russia, 2019. 7 min. 16+