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Artdocfest
Artdocfest
February 29, 2024
The "Artdocfest online" program is aimed at Russian-speaking viewers around the world who are concerned about the processes in the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The program will be available for watching until April 15th. All these films can be watched by subscription.
Mother and daughter are returning to their hometown Belgorod during an Easter week. Mother is trying to find her father's grave. Daughter is looking for locations for her first feature film.
34/134
7
Dina Semykina
Russia, 2023
54 min
Russian
English
The film was shot in Luzhitsy village. Exactly in that period of time natural and social landscape in that area began to change drastically because of grandiose industrial building process. The situation exceedingly effects Vad'd'a, they are a small people with thousands years of history, they survived through wars, revolutions and Stalin.
Va’d’da. Toll-houses
7
Nikita Dobrynin
Russia, 2023
61 min
Russian, Vodskiy
The film tells the story of a music teacher who embraced Islam at the age of 63. He mastered reciting Islamic Suras by playing them on the piano. With one daughter and two grandchildren, both passionate musicians, he continues to share his musical knowledge at the age of 75 as a music teacher in a kindergarten.
Alif.Do.Re.Mi
7
Alijon Jalilov
Tajikistan, 2023
18 min
Russian
English
The study of existential drunkenness turns into an in-depth observation of dozens of people who, consciously or in a state of altered consciousness, try to find the relationship between trauma, addiction and hope for salvation.
Anonymous
7
Ivan Oganesov
Armenia, 2023
48 min
Russian
English
The Marem Group is a team of volunteers helping victims of domestic violence in the North Caucasus, Russia. It was created in 2020 by Dagestani journalist Svetlana Anokhina. After their shelter was raided by a joined team of Chechen and Dagestani cops, they had to leave Russia. But Svetlana continues to evacuate girls. The documentary traces these runaways on different phases of evacuation – from their republics to the long process of rehabilitation in other countries. But abusers threaten not only girls. Members of the Marem Group are not safe even outside Russia. They can also become runaways at any moment.

Editing - Maxim Pakhomov.
Runaways
7
Vladimir Sevrinovsky
Russia, 2023
59 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
Located on the Pamir highlands in Tajikistan, Bulunkul is a village left to its fate since the collapse of the Soviet Union. As winter approaches, the inhabitants organize their survival.
Bulunkul
7
Marie-Violaine Brincard, Olivier Dury
France, 2023
30 min
no
A provincial priest, Father Andrei, in his free time from work, digs the graves of priests in the summer cottage village and dug up the foundations of an ancient church on the banks of the reservoir. Andrei washes the dug bones with trepidation in the attic of Mayakovsky's dacha. But at some point, this activity begins to occupy all the time of the hero. Excavation of bones and passion for philosophy lead him into conflict with the church leadership. And the only ones who admire and support him are local freaks. Unfortunately, this is not what he is aiming for.
What I believe
7
Aleksandr Zubovlenko
Russia, 2023
80 min
Russian
In 2023, the Mossovet Theater will be one hundred years old. In the renovated foyer of the theater there are portraits of Ranevskaya, Plyatt, Orlova, Yursky, Zhzhenov and many other outstanding people, forever inscribed in the history of Russian theater and cinema, in the history of their time. The first century of one of the most famous Moscow scenes has come to its logical conclusion. Now the theater is looking to the future, to a new century, but what does it see there? What's next?
Age 100
7
Alexey Kokorin
Russia, 2023
60 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
For several years now, Galina Petrovna has not left her house in Mayevka Village near Bishkek. There is a cozy blue house with fish garland in which a lonely grandma Galina tells us a story about her ghostly husband who died fifteen years ago. Every day she takes care of the house and even runs a small business. She sells chicken eggs and does laundry for some of her neighbors in her own washing machine. In a house full of pets, Galina Petrovna tells us about her alcoholic husband, pain and a new life after his death.
Galina Petrovna
7
Nikita Lovetsky
Kyrgyzstan, 2023
17 min
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
The sisters became responsible for maintaining the family apiary after the death of their father. But it is not so easy to cope with grief when so little time has passed.
Bitter honey
7
Julia Makarova
Russia, 2024
26 min
Russian
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
A documentary portrait film about a former literature teacher from the Tula region, and now world-famous porn actress and blogger Eva Berger, her path into porn and the price she pays for her choice.
Eva
7
Olga Smirnova
Russia, 2023
27 min
Russian
How are you feeling on this New Year's Eve? How has 2022 changed you? With what feeling did you spend it? What do you dream about most? What do you want right now? The author asked these questions on New Year's Eve 2023 and decided to ask them to passers-by. This is a chronicle of one New Year's Eve, a search for feelings and a collection of people's wishes.
Wish
7
Daria Iskrenko
Russia, 2023
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 documentary film "Polar Tour" tells about the difficult fate of a stoker girl, 38 kg weight. Working from 8 am to 5 pm in a boiler room that heats apartment houses, Zinaida is forced to shovel hundreds of kilograms of coal on a par with her shift Alexander.
Polar Tour
7
Sergey Masalsky
Russia, 2023
23 min
Russian
English
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
Anonymous
Russia, Israel, 2024
17 min
Russian
English
An implanted instructor conduct knife fighting classes. Personally, for him this is a special way of knowing the limits of his capabilities. How to be on a par with an opponent much better than you? Not to let him hurt you or to get a close combat, which means to make vulnerable not only him, but also yourself?
Clinch
7
Maria Vasilyeva
Russia, 2023
47 min
Russian
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
Lena managed to find her dream job, she is a crane operator. But daily routine dulls even the most lively delight. Climbing a hundred-meter staircase has turned into ordinary exercise, and even the amazing sunsets are not pleasing. But Lena does not agree to live and work on autopilot.
Lenchik on top
7
Darya Osipova
Russia, 2022
25 min
Russian
In the film we see life in the city of Mariupol immediately after its occupation by the Russian army.
Summer after the war
7
Yuliya Kudris
Russia, 2023
50 min
Russian
Two family at the table decide should love, whom and how.
Love is such a thing
7
Daniil Tarasenko
Russia, 2023
30 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
A film on the treatment of depression in a psychiatric hospital, adjacent to the prison, in Russia. Protagonist becomes a patient, but as she stays in the hospital, she begins to plunge into the problems and mental disorders of other patients. The new friend of the protagonist is a 39 years old lady - Asya, who jumped out of the 12th floor after husband abandoned her. Every evening, protagonist and Asya collect puzzles in the hope that they will one day be cured of mental illness. Asya recounts her life, which she barely remembers, and subtly tries to inquire from the protagonist about how to hang oneself. Meanwhile, the main character secretly records life inside the hospital on her computer and phone webcam: capturing the procedures and the experiences of other patients like herself.
My imprisonment
7
Faina Muzyka
Russia, 2023
57 min
Russian
English
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
Memories are the only thing that remains about the past. But a person often remembers the sad moments of his life, because a certain turning point happens in them. However, memories can be supplemented by a recorded chronicle or photographs. This documented memories can diverge from the ones left in your head. What if they differ too much? Does any of this turn out to be a lie?
Real Bygone
7
Mihail Knyazev
Russia, 2023
9 min
Russian
English
How to stay a professional but human being? How to live when someone’s pain is a routine? Every day surgeons fight for someone’s life! Sometimes realizing the hopelessness of the situation.
Don’t turn off the light...
7
Elena Buyakova
Belarus, 2023
46 min
Russian
English
In 2021, for the fourth year in a row, the Omsk region became the first in Russia in terms of population decline, and the song of the Volgograd rock band “Your friend will also go to St. Petersburg” is the anthem of half of those who left. The heroes of "Omsk Bird" do not listen to modern rock and do not read Palahniuk at night, but they also have a desire to leave Omsk. Should they try or does this family have their own way?
Omsk bird
7
Elena Makhneva
Russia, 2023
30 min
Russian
A Father and a son are organizing a children's film festival in the village, as each of them has to make a film of his own - their mobile phones serve as cameras, a shovel turns into a tripod. The actors are their own children and grandchildren… The process turns into a real test for both directors and actors. It is a documentary comedy about a father, a son and a large family who live happily in a Russian village in the middle of nowhere.
Fathers
7
Yuri Mokienko
Russia, 2023
66 min
Russian
English
I didn't communicate with him during all my life, but it seemed like I had a communication with mom. And now I am dealing with the courts for simply being their daughter. How can I call you: father or dad? Just want to answer this question...
Dad or Father
7
Ksenia Belousova
Russia, 2023
30 min
Russian
The short documentary film “Lenin Square. Elista” is dedicated to the history of the main square of the capital of Kalmykia. Over the past 50 years, the square has undergone several significant transformations, each one symbolizing a new turn in history.
Lenin Square. Elista
7
Victoria Sarangova
Germany, Russia, 2022
11 min
Russian
English
Angelina lives with two cats, a dog and a collection of vibrators. A career as a porn actress in the past, now her life is constant shooting for OnlyFans. For complete happiness, Gela lacks only one thing, to find true love. Will the girl's new lover be able to accept her for who she is?
Dirty Things
7
Guram Narmania
Russia, 2023
24 min
Russian
English
Viktor Ryzhakov became the Sovremennik Theater's artistic director, after the death of Galina Volchek, who directed the troupe for almost half a century and enjoyed absolute authority. For the first production in the theater, the new artistic director chooses a play about a family whose members no longer understand each other. While working on the play, the director and the actors are becoming more and more like the characters of the future performance. It is also difficult for them to find mutual understanding within their "theatrical family”.
Appointment
7
Nikita Yefimov
Russia, 2023
82 min
Russian
Vyacheslav, an 88-year-old man, lost his wife a few years ago, with whom they had lived 55 years together. It seemed that the loss could not be made up for, but life goes on. Other women begin to appear in his closed world.
A decent person
7
Nastya Zheltova
Russia, 2024
35 min
Russian
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
Documentary films have the amazing ability to present reality, even when the authors wanted to create propaganda. This was the case with “Triumph of the Will of Leni Riefenstahl”, and with less talented documentarians who filmed the Stalinist trials and the “happy life” of the Gulag. We don’t think that this film has exaggerated claims... But this film is certainly a valuable video evidence of the tragedy that came with the war in Ukraine. Below we publish the author's summary of the film:

Dive into the world of extreme training with a documentary that shows the difficult journey that military personnel undergo as they prepare to become defenders of their country.
Consolidated group
7
Leonid Kalashnikov
Russia, 2023
26 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 brief study of the unusual history of one old film frame.
Death of an Extra
7
Mikhail Zheleznikov
Israel, Russia, 2023
10 min
Russian
English
Quiet aria is a docu-drama about drug addicts in rehabilitation. They live in the village of Pashitni, Pskov region. A quiet area of the region is now welcomes the new fates of the boys, who are barely eighteen. They were left with a prayer, a herd of cows, a summer sky black with stars, a pack of cigarettes for each, a ghostly hope for a bright tomorrow, and they themselves had each other.
Quiet area
7
Sofia Fedorova
Russia, 2023
49 min
Russian
English
Traveling through abandoned places in search of home.
Topography of memory
7
Nastasya Lapsha, Sasha Zubkovsky
Russia, 2023
17 min
Russian
He was the most popular guy in town: a bully and the life of the party. He was the “elder” in their small town and had serious criminal connections. He changed girls like gloves, and didn’t think about anything seriously. And then he met her. A high school student, an excellent student and the beloved daughter of the city police chief. It would seem they could never be together - her parents locked her at home when they accidentally saw her in the same car with him. But love still happened, no matter what. And then he tried heroin. The first year she fought, the second year she prayed, and then she simply disappeared. She moved far away, cutting off all ties. Ten years later, they suddenly got in touch again. “Alive,” she thought with bitterness and relief. “Still using drugs,” she realized almost immediately. She is studying to be a director and has lived in Moscow for a long time. She has a three-year-old son and a completely settled life. She decides to make a documentary about him. She comes to the Urals, to their small town with a camera. He is in rehab, looks bad, but has not used drugs for several months. It seems that he has the last chance for a normal life - without her, but at least in sobriety - which is based only on the fact that she will one day return to him again.
Dew point
7
Sasha Gromova
Russia, 2023
27 min
Russian
Zhenya Myshkin is an almost normal teenager. He lives in Kamchatka together with his sister Oksana in the family of his foster mother and her son Artur. Summer is in full swing, the sun is shining, you can lie on the river, you can write poems, you can do whatever you want. In some places, life becomes dull as an overcast sky, in other places bright as a beam between the trees. But soon the familiar world will have to narrow down for Zhenya to the walls of a remedial boarding school.
People-shaped clouds
7
Evgenia Leushkina
Russia, 2023
40 min
Russian
English
Sergeу has been traveling through 22 countries for 2 years. He met with pleasant and dangerous acquaintances, funny and tragic situations, love story, despair and joy. This is a story about finding yourself and your place, about growing up, courage, freedom and a strong unstoppable stream of life.
LEFTARRIVED
7
Aleksandr Krutov
Russia, 2023
68 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
The "Frankoni" Tent Circus has been touring the cities of the Rostov region for many years. Amidst the backdrop of military aircraft flying over Rostov-on-Don and military trucks traversing the region's roads, the circus stands as a unified entity. Each worker, with their unique history and perspective on the world, is tightly interconnected within this collective. Dair, who adheres to a uniform, anticipates receiving a summons any day now, prepared to head to the front line. However, the uncertainty of the future remains a mystery to all.
Circus
8
Yana Reinson
Russia, 2023
67 min
Russian
Russian, English
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

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