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ARTDOCFEST/ONLINE 2023-2024
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Artdocfest
Artdocfest
June 04, 2024
We offer a selection of films from the Artdocfest/Online program of 2023 and 2024, which can currently be viewed in the Artdoc.Media cinematheque for free, for a fee or by subscription.
A documentary-experimental film that tells about the life and culture of the Volga Germans, as well as about the heritage of this people. Eigengrau is an illusory dark gray color that people see in the absence of light.
Eigengrau
7
Nikita Zarazhevsky
Russia, 2022
29 min
Russian
English
What is stronger: the death of a loved one or a state propaganda? The war between Russia and Ukraine goes. Among the all Russian republics, Buryatia almost immediately found itself as a region with the highest number of dead military. Funerals and zinc coffins have been coming to Buryatia almost every day since February 24, 2022. The government of Buryatia is counting the heroes, posthumously. This is a reflection film from the stories and thoughts of loved ones of the new "war heroes", supplemented by the reality of their life in one of the most depressing regions of Russia. This is scary, but worth to know.
Warriors of Buryatia
7
Anna Rudikova
Russia, 2022
30 min
Russian
English
Olga is a loving mother of two children. Children's father is a wealthy businessman who rarely took part in their lives. One "inconvenient" comment turns everything upside down... It is a story of several weeks of a single woman living in a continuous struggle for her children. And about children — victims of a situation in which no one gives them the right to choose.
Sunday Mother
7
Eva Vexler
Russia, 2022
45 min
Russian
A film about the events of 2019, when Russia still had a chance to go the other way. The destruction of the opposition and the actual ban on an alternative point of view from the pro-government led us to today's events.
Voices of freedom
7
Pavel Makarovich
Russia, 2022
33 min
Russian
The first Chechen war broke Russia in the mid-nineties. The war was lost, the country and the army was damaged. The recovery turned out to be incredibly difficult. Former soldiers - veterans of the famous "Wild Brigade" - cope with this trauma as best they can. For example, with their own hands and at their own expense, they decide to build a monument to fallen comrades at the gates of their long-abandoned military unit. Over and over again, they remind themselves of what they have experienced, not understanding how to break out of this vicious circle of war memories that still determine their whole life. A vicious circle in which not only a person can get lost, but the whole country can get lost by repeating the history and unleashing senseless wars.
The Wild Brigade
7
Vladimir Koptsev
Russia, 2022
70 min
Russian
English
Friends and relatives call Lydia a woman with an impeccable image. She visits salons, lectures on fashion, carefully selects outfits, and is proud of her pedigree. In public, the woman is smiling and friendly, she reads poetry with her poet husband, talks about high things, but if you look closely, it turns out that everything is far from being so attractive. What kind of person is really under bright hats and what does the approval of the society in which she is worth to a woman?
A woman with an impeccable image
7
Helga Kholodova
Russia, 2022
21 min
Russian
A film about difficult trials for dogs and people in the conditions of the Arctic during the traditional national dog sled race in Chukotka.
Live with Hope
7
Pavel Gulyaev
Russia, 2022
85 min
Russian
Fences are an integral part of Russian culture. They love 3-meter fences in dachas and private homes. City streets are dotted with fences, which often only interfere with normal movement around the city. They like to isolate themselves from the world with an iron curtain. The film is a visual reflection and an attempt to answer the question why life in Russia is surrounded by a fence.
Fences
7
Dmitry Abramov
Russia, 2022
15 min
Russian
A variation on the theme of the relationship between a man and a woman in modern society.
Yoga for beginners
7
Yuri Reinhardt
Russia, 2022
51 min
Russian
A week in the life of Mishka, a 7-year-old boy from Kiev, who fled the war with his mother in early March 2022. After traveling all over Europe, they came to Madrid.
Mishka
7
Anastasia Hristova
Spain, 2023
22 min
Russian, Spanish, English, Ukrainian
English
Albert is haunted by the dreams of his childhood, reminding him of a world within he lost.
A dream within a dream
7
Mira Erkenova
Russia, 2022
16 min
Russian
A hunter is often branded as a "murderer", "moral monster", etc. Who is a hunter in the modern world?
The basic Instinct
7
Maxim Petrov
Russia, 2022
21 min
Russian
Two are locked in an apartment on the eve of Victory Day. Where others see fireworks, they hear explosions and air raid alerts.
Caution, People
7
Nikita Kartsev
Russia, 2022
9 min
Russian
English
How far do you have to be from the crime scene to avoid being tortured? What can you do to avoid suffering? Will living in a mountain village save you? Are you at risk, helping your father with housework? It is a story of two families who should not have encountered police violence.
Fathers and sons. And torture
7
Evgeny Chilikov
Russia, 2022
34 min
Russian
English
A young artist Gleb gets a job in a mental hospital, where he teaches painting to mentally ill people with neuroses, depression and other disorders. He is glad that he finally has the opportunity to do his favorite thing, while benefiting people. However, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Gleb has been losing faith in the future . Constantly listening to the news, losing close friends who have left the country, watching the horrific actions of the Russian authorities and the general mood around him, he increasingly doubts the adequacy of this world. As a result, Gleb comes to the conclusion that the mental hospital is now, oddly enough, the only normal place and decides to stay there.
The patient
7
Motya Shevarikhina
Russia, 2022
37 min
Russian
English
The documentary Carriers is a joint journalistic project of the Samizdat My friend, you’re a transformer and Citymobil. This is a story of five taxi drivers from five Russian cities: Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Perm and Moscow. Our heroes are a Russian rapper, a former thief who has become an exemplary family man, a soldier of two armies, who worked as a security guard of the Israeli mayor, a faithful waiting wife of a convict, and a search activist, who jogs every morning in a gas mask. For centuries Russia has been exporting fur, timber, gas and the mystery of the Russian soul, but in what units can this mystery be measured? We tried to measure it in kilometers. The average taxi driver drives a million kilometers in eight years. It's like to the moon and back, and then once again – back to the endless road.
The Carriers
7
Egor Mostovshchikov
Russia, 2022
40 min
Russian
English
A picture of anti-war resistance against the full-scale war in Ukraine in 2022. Young people are desperate and oppressed, speaking quietly in their kitchen and loud on the streets. A very unpleasant journey through the dictatorship, jail and repressions.
Hands off!
7
Polina Prokofyeva, Anonymous Co-Author
Russia, 2022
15 min
Russian
English
Suburban guy, just out of his teenage years, is trying to find his identity though processing divorce of his parents that happened when he was a kid. He immerses himself in memories of the past, fantasies of what could have been and open talks with his mom and dad. He grows to find the strength to heal and forgive.
Strawberry fields forever
7
Sergey Stroganov
Russia, 2022
20 min
Russian
English
Tishina remained a homeless child from the age of nine. Her mother moved to Moscow and got in touch with a drug addict. Her drinking father, a truck driver, remained in the village. From the age of eleven, Tisha began to wander around friends in search of new parents.
Tishina
7
Anastasia Sviridova
Russia, 2022
17 min
Russian
Putin's decision to attack Ukraine on February 24 set fire to Ukraine. The flame of battles in the hottest spots of the east of the country, and the flame in the souls of people who are ready to sacrifice their lives and everything they suffered for the sake of victory. Moldovan journalists Viorica Tataru and Andrei Kaptarenko were in Ukraine during the first attack, walked along the road of war and documented the life of Ukrainians, what keeps the flame of hope burning, how they hide from the bombing and how they help the men who fight at the front.
Ukraine on fire
7
Viorica Tataru
Moldova, 2022
19 min
Russian, Romanian, Ukrainian
This film tells about Ruslan Nikolaevich Stupnikov, the head of the Kalinka children's film studio, which existed in the city of Kashin from 1982 to 2011. The studio was founded in 1982, where more than three thousand children studied at different times. Being the permanent head of the studio, he made films together with children and youth, which reflected various events in the city and the region.
Huhry-Mukhry!
7
Konstantin Pessyanikov
Russia, 2022
34 min
Russian
Russian
An artistic study of why people make moonshine and how this hobby is built into their everyday life. Sergey is not so much an outstanding bootlegger as a collective portrait of the generation that went through Perestroika and Chechnya.
Man with moonshine machine
7
Dmitry Schwarzer, Roman Kovalenko
Russia, 2022
25 min
Russian
Fear is something that is difficult to explain and difficult to cope with. Every person is afraid of something. I'm afraid of mice. But what is behind the uncontrollable fear of a tiny ball of wool? Maybe the very essence of fear is much more than what one person can describe?
I am afraid of mice
7
Darya Omelchenko
Russia, 2022
9 min
Russian
English
This is a story of six large billboards from the small village Russko-Vysotskoye.
The six billboards
7
Angelina Podorozhnaya
Russia, 2022
14 min
Russian
The main character's wife has died. When she was dying, Farid was diagnosed with blood cancer. While relatives are trying to save the protagonist, Farid cannot live without his wife and refuses to be treated.
Without her
7
Adil Khalilov
Russia, 2021
7 min
Russian
The life of Kemerovo photographer and cameraman Konstantin Nagovitsyn is intertwined with key events in the region. Over the 8 years of filming the film, Kostya, a former military cameraman, collaborates with search and rescue services, witnesses a terrible fire in the Winter Cherry shopping center, moves to a new apartment and sends his son to the army. The ordinary life of one unusual Siberian.
Everything is like people
7
Svetlana Osipova
Russia, 2023
85 min
Russian
Russian, English
A documentary study of the relationship between an adult daughter and her mother with dementia, in which the author seeks answers to eternal questions about the inevitability of old age and loneliness along the way.
Where am I, mother?
7
Alena Schipitsina
Russia, 2023
28 min
Russian
Russian, English
A documentary dream of a girl who cannot wake up from a traumatic but alluring past, where she was close to her loved ones.
Dasha had a dream
7
Motya Shevarikhina
Russia, 2021
27 min
Russian
Natasha dies in her prime. The whole world survived it, the inhabitants of which reflect on the unknown against the backdrop of everyday fuss.
Life after the death of Natasha T.
7
Fatima Cherkasova
Russia, 2023
21 min
Russian
Russian
The short documentary tells the story of LGBT+ couple. Tosya and Masya have decided to challenge stereotypes and fight for their happiness despite the threats and prohibitions inherent in Russia.
Bans are trends
7
Angelina Podorozhnaya
Russia, Israel, 2024
17 min
Russian
English
A four-novel documentary about the city of Leningrad on the verge of the USSR's collapse. The main characters of the film are independent photographers who documented that time period.
Leningrad 4
7
Dmitriy Fetisov
Russia, 2023
39 min
Russian
2017 - I am travelling to Russia with a German tour group. I take the diary of Wehrmacht soldier Buff, killed in action in 1942 when he tried to give first aid to a Russian soldier, as my travel reading. Our itinerary intersects with places where he fought. I grew up in Russia. My grandmother toiled in Stalin's camps. 2022 - the conflict that Russia's attack on Ukraine triggered in me runs through the film. The journey to Russia was characterised by encounters between people whose parents' or grandparents' had common experiences - those of the Second World War. In brief moments of rapprochement, many questions remain unanswered - especially about the purpose of war.
Between The Lines
7
Irina Heckmann
Germany, Russia, 2023
145 min
German, Russian
When he is at sea, he remembers his little daughter, and then, after many months of separation, he goes to her across the country and remembers the sea.
Sea of my father
7
Alexandr Zarchikov
Russia, 2023
108 min
Russian
What is childhood made of? A cliff, a river, snowfall, a grandmother, a crow on a fence, all these images, bypassing our still fragile consciousness, penetrate us and determine our future life. And the one who manages not to lose all this, but to retain and preserve it, gains a chance for immortality. And nothing less is worth living for.
A provincial fairy tale
7
Maria Filicheva
Russia, 2023
33 min
Russian
Siberia stands as Russia's most abundant macroregion in terms of natural resources, yet paradoxically, it grapples with significant disadvantages. Boasting 88% of the nation's natural gas reserves, only 16.8% of households have access to this vital resource—lower than anywhere else in the country. Historically, the state has extracted resources from local residents, and recently, this trend has escalated to include the relocation of residents themselves, sending them to Ukraine. As a compensation for fathers, husbands, and sons being sent to the front lines, their families receive firewood to endure the harsh winter of 2022-2023 without freezing. Correspondents from Novaya Gazeta traverse Siberia, engaging with ordinary residents, local officials, and the families of those mobilized, delving into their perspectives on poverty, the ongoing special operation, and the contentious necessity of sending their loved ones to the front lines. This film is part of the documentary project «The Assignment» made by Novaya Gazeta journalists who remain in Russia and continue to work under war censorship and risks. Film editor – Kirill Sakharnov.
Siberia. Firewood for mobilized men
7
Anna Artemyeva
Russia, 2023
49 min
Russian
A documentary about two generations and two couples who are united by one strong feeling.
Sequence
7
Eva Murashko
Russia, 2022
10 min
Russian
A reclusive artist goes out onto the street with a sword. The world of facts and the world of imagination are fighting. Four people who have known Marina for a long time say what they think of her. These are the four circles of the picture, friends, colleagues and a neighbor in the yard.
Four circles away from center
7
Lena Le
Belarus, 2023
48 min
Russian
English
Back in 1942, at the height of the Great Patriotic War, a major plague epidemic broke out in Mongolia. A detachment of Soviet specialists was sent to fight it, who worked selflessly, saving people, burning corpses, testing new methods of administering the vaccine, and also falling in love, getting married and having children. 70 years later, their children, now elderly themselves, set off on a journey to Mongolia, following in the footsteps of their parents.
Plague in the time of love
7
Elena Turintseva
Russia, Mongolia, 2023
78 min
Russian
English
Is there a life without a bottle? The director of the film decides to put an experiment on himself: completely give up alcohol for a year and show the audience what the first 365 days of sober life look like.
I Come Out Of the Darkness: 365 days without alcohol
7
Maxim Zlobin
Russia, 2023
90 min
Russian
Real street photography is gradually fading into oblivion in favor of modern trends, but at one time for Anya it became salvation from the alcohol pit and a new meaning in life. At the moment, she is one of the last who is still seriously involved in this art form. Her unique method consists of a long search for documentary photography on the streets of St. Petersburg. Anya meets the hero of one of her old photographs and invites him to try again to become a model for a new photo story. The characters get closer, and Anya creates new unique photographs, which the protagonist compares with the moment.
What is gone
7
Sasha Patrunov
Russia, 2022
15 min
Russian
English

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