Movies

SPIRIT IN MOTION
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Competition program.
Directors: Sofia Geveyler, Yulia Bivsheva, Sofia Kucher
Studio: Ostrov, PC”VGIK-Debut”. Russia
2015, 73 min
American premiere
Program “Free World / 3W”

The film is produced at the request of the International Paralympic Committee and is dedicated to the XI Paralympic Winter Games in 2014. Spirit in Motion is the official motto of the Paralympic movement. Each of the film’s heroes – athletes from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Russia, and USA — represents one of six Paralympic sports. The film shows the courage of people with disabilities in their fight for a normal life, love, and success.

Language: Brazilian, Chinese, English, German, Russian; with English subtitles.
Awards: First Prize at XXXIII IFF FICTS Challenge; 2015 Special President’s Award, category “Art”, for the first documentary film about International Paralympic Games: nominee for 2015 IFF “Window to Europe”.

WHEN PEOPLE DIE THEY SING SONGS
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Competition program
Director: Olga Lvoff
2014, 48 min
Program “Remembering the Holocaust in XXI Century”

This film is a flashback to the life of a Holocaust survivor, a Jewish girl from Czechoslovakia Regina, who immigrated to the US after WWII. Yet it is also the story of Regina’s daughter, Sofia, and her love for her slowly fading 93-year-old mother. It is a touching story of a relationship between a mother and a daughter, two tender souls supporting each other.

Q&A with Director

Language: English, French, Yiddish; with English subtitles

Awards: 2014 Student Academy Award nominee (Oscar nomination); 2014 CINE Golden Eagle Award, Bronze Winner at 2014 International Independent Film Award; Official selection of DOC NYC.

ON THE WAY TO THE QUAY. PAKELIUI Į PRIEPLAUKĄ

Competition program
Director: Ramune Sakalauskayte
Studio: Porta Artis, Lithuania
2014, 40 min
American premiere
Program “Free World / 3W”
Q&A with Director

The film is dedicated to the famous Lithuanian stage director Rimas Tuminas, the head of the Moscow Vakhtangov drama theater in Russia. With his creativity and artistic energy, he reminds the world of one simple thing: culture knows no boundaries.

Language: Lithuanian, Russian; with English subtitles

VOICES
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Competition program
Director: Ekaterina Gordeyeva
Studio: Channel One, Russia
2014, 60 min
American premiere
Dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the end of the Leningrad Blockade.

Established right after World War II, the museum of the Leningrad Blockade was closed and its collections were destroyed by the Soviet government. Bit by bit, the film-makers recreate an original picture of the courage and tragedy of the Blockade. The whole, uncovered truth of these 872 frightful days is revealed.

Language: Russian; with English subtitles

THE LOST CAUSE. RETURN TO BISCHOFSWERDA
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Competition program
Director: Yuri Goroulev
Studio: StopShot, Belarus
2014, 60 min
Program “Free World / 3W”
Dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cold War

This film is about the resistance at the end of the 1980s involving two political systems—and two military missile units: the Soviet missile brigade, hidden in the GDR, and the American missile brigade in the FRG. The film’s characters are former Soviet and American officers, as well as residents of the German towns – victims of whose days.

Language: English, German, Russian; with English subtitles

I WILL BE THE LEADER!

Competition program
Director: Andrei Osipov
Studio: Risk
2015, 50 min
American premiere
Program “At the Beginning Was the Word…”

This film is devoted to the poet, novelist, playwright, and literary critic Valery Bryusov. His shocking appearance at the Russian literary horizon at the beginning of the XX century opened the Russian Symbolism epoch. His life included many scandals — literary provocations, infidelities, and political intrigue with the Bolsheviks… yet he was determined to be a leader. The film is based on the chronicles from the early XX century.

Language: Russian; with English subtitles

Awards: Special Diploma at 2014 Gatchina FF “Literature and Cinema”; Official selection of XXXVII Moscow IFF, Official selection of 2014 IFF “Window to Europe”.

PUSHKIN IS OUR EVERYTHING

Competition program
Director: Michael Beckelhimer, USA
2015, 72 min
Program “At the Beginning Was the Word…”

Generations pass, cultures, political regimes, and social problems come and go, but Pushkin remains the same for Russia — “Our Everything.” Why does the poet’s name bring together and reconcile even the most different of people? And if it’s not possible to understand Russia with the mind, as the Russian poet once said, — is it possible to understand Russia through Pushkin?

Language: English, Russian; with English subtitles

THE SAINT. PATRIARCH TIKHON

Competition program
Director: Andrei Sudilovskiy
TV Chanel “Kultura”, Russia
2015, 42 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

During the Russian Revolution and the Civil War — after a two-century-long interruption, the Russian Patriarchy was restored. The Russian Patriarch Tikhon (Belavin) started his sacred mission as a head of the Russian Orthodox Church and his tragic struggle against the Communists… He was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church as a saint only in 1989.
Language: Russian, with English subtitles

MERRY OUTSKIRTS

Competition program
Director: Aleksey Pogrebnoy
Studio: Vyatka. Russia
2015, 40 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

All Russians are familiar with Leskov’s Levsha. Does Levsha still exist in modern Russia? The film is a cheerful story about folksy craftsmen from a Russian province: singers, carvers, antique collectors. This is a naïve and very touching yet fading Russian folk world – the merry outskirts of modern Russia.

Language: Russian

GRUMANT. ISLAND OF COMMUNISM

Competition program.
Director: Ivan Tverdovskiy
Studio: Point of View. Russia
2014, 54 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

In recent years, world powers have held a sharp debate over the North, which is a storehouse of natural resources, in particular — oil and gas. Who possesses this wealth? Discovered in 1596 by the captain Willem Barentsz, the archipelago Svalbard (Spitsbergen, also known on old maps as the “Holy Russian Islands”) was controlled by Norway. According to an agreement, 46 governments have the right to conduct business and academic research-related activities on the islands. Back in Soviet times, the Russian settlement Barentszburg was built on the island and was unofficially called the “Island of Communism.” What is “northern communism” in Russia?

Language: Russian; with English subtitles

Awards: Special Award for Best Documentary Film at 2014 IFF ArtDocFest; nominee for 2014 IFF “Window to Europe”.

LOCALS
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Competition program
Director: Pavel Mirzoev
Studio: KinoPROBA, Russia
2014, 52 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

To visit the ground of Tarkovsky’s “Mirror,” to plunge into Norshtein’s “Tale of Tales,” to walk on Shpalikov’s poetic roads…What Russian intellectual hasn’t dreamt of this? Pavel Mirzoev and his film group go on a journey to these treasured places to meet the fellow countrymen of these three well-known artists — and see just how the “fairy tale” is reflected in reality.

Language: Russian; with English subtitles
Awards: Nominee for 2014 IFF “Window to Europe”; Official selection of 2014 FF “Russia” (Ekaterinburg, Russia); Official selection of 2014 IFF “KINO” (Switzerland).

THE KEY TO THE CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Competition program
Directors: Grigoriy Grishin, Olga Yakovleva
Studio 26, Nizhne-Volsk, Russia
2014, 70 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

What is modern fascism? What is “Russian fascism”? This film tells the story of a street war between Russian anti-fascists and nationalists of the 2000’s. This movie is about young nonconformists in modern Russia. The anti-fascist opposition became a reaction to the emergence of skinhead groups in Russia, the apologists of the Third Reich. Thus appeared the compulsive anti-fascistic movement FA-ANTIFA; its form not much different from those of the skinheads. The decade of street war has killed dozens, injured hundreds. But most importantly, it’s an attempt to give an answer to Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick’s question: who holds the key to “clockwork orange”?

Language: Russian; with English subtitles
Awards: Nominee for 2014 “Nika” National Film Award; Official selection of 2014 IFF ArtDocFest.

BLOOD

Competition program
Director: Alexander Zamyslov
Studio: First Documentary Cinema Association, LLC, Russia
2014, 53 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

Vendetta. In 2002, 45 Russian children died in a plane crash over Germany. Vitaly Kaloyev lost his entire family: a wife and two children. Unsatisfied with the verdict of the international court, Kaloyev made his own decision, killing the dispatcher who was responsible for the crash. Bloody revenge is not an attribute of the past; bloody revenge is a reality in the Caucus region of Russia, in Italy, Serbia, Albania, Palestine… Vendetta — what is it? A thirst for revenge, the defense of a family’s lost honor, or the result of a lawless and indifferent government? This is what the creators of film reflect upon. Their characters live in different countries and belong to different cultures and faiths; yet all of them are obsessed with the lust of a bloody vendetta. How do we stop this?

Language: Albanian, Serbian, Italian, Ingush, Arabic, Russian; with English subtitles
Q&A with film-team

AT THE TIPS OF THE FINGERS

Competition program
Director: Roman Super
Studio: Chanel One. Russia
2015, 70 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

The film’s heroine lives in a Russian province; she’s 28 years old, a journalist, and she dreams of… bringing her fingers back. Nadya has a rare genetic disorder called the “butterfly syndrome:” At any touch, her skin peels off like pollen from a butterfly’s wings. Nadya knows that she is incurably ill, but she continues to fight for her right to live — and live like a normal person. This is a story of spirit, resistance, and faith.

Language: Russian; with English subtitles. This screening is supported by The Capital Builders Group, LLC (New York).
Awards: Special Award at “Movement” Film Debuts Festival.

ON THE EDGE

Competition program
Director: Anna Shishova
Studio: Center for National Film. Russia
2014, 50 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

One winter at the edge of a village, a man was found in an abandoned car. He had nothing on him other than a packet of old photographs. He was housed in the village church and was assigned to take care of an old nun. He vaguely remembered his previous life — but what he remembered was best forgotten. Before his death he confessed that… he was happy. However, are the ones abandoned in this desolate territory, on the edge of civilization, indeed happy?

Language: Russian; with English subtitles
Awards: Grand Prize at XXIV IFF “Golden Knight”; Special Jury Prize at 2014 IFF ArtDocFest.

VICISSITUDES OF TRANSLATION

Competition program
Director: Boris Karadzhev
Studio: CLIO-FILM. Russia
2014, 41 min
American premiere
Program “At the Beginning Was the Word…”

The film’s main character, Viktor Golyshev, is a translator. He gave the Russian reader access to masterpieces of English literature such as George Orwell’s 1984, William Faulkner’s Light in August, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Robert P. Warren’s All the King’s Men… All of Russia knows these novels. Yet, few know about Golishev. He is an “inner man”. His philosophy is simple and Tolstoy-like: the Small Deeds Theory. He believes man is an interpreter from God, and the result of such a viewpoint is the creation of a high culture.

Language: Russian; with English subtitles
Awards: Official selection of the XIV IDFF “Flahertiana” (Russia).

TOLYA JAKOBSON FROM KLYNOVSKY LANE
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Competition program
Director: Sergei Linkov. USA
2015, 70 min.
Program “At the Beginning Was the Word…” & Special festival program: “Free World”/”3W”
The screening is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the writer and dissident Anatoly Jakobson.

Here they are in the frame: students of Moscow’s Second Mathematics School, along with friends and colleagues — Vyacheslav Ivanov, Pavel Litvinov, Sergei Kovalev, Natalia Gorbanevskaya, Yuliy Kim, Igor Guberman… all remembering Anatoliy Jakobson (1935-1978). A teacher of literature, Jakobson proved to his students with mathematical precision that art — like people — can only exist “in light of conscience.” Dissident — published in the Soviet “samizdat” Chronicle of Current Events. Man — delicate, intelligent, courageous, independent, a real Russian intellectual. Regardless of nationality, ethnicity or profession.

Q&A with film-director

Language: English, Russian; with English subtitles

AFTER THE WAR

Non-Competition program
Directors: Veronika Solovyeva, Evgeniy Golynkin
Studio: CLIO-FILM. Russia
2013, 39 min
American premiere
Program “Faces”

Young, beautiful, healthy — they were sent to the Chechen war. This film is about those who returned. All the heroes of this film were left handicapped by the war. Their stories are not about pain, not about fear, blood or death. They tell stories of hope: a hope to correct their hearing, to partially restore their memory, to learn to work without their legs… This story is about a brave courageous soldier who dreams about there never having been a war. Because in war there are no victors.

Language: Russian; with English subtitles

Awards: Grand Prix at 2015 IFF “BOSIFEST” (Serbia), 2015 Grand Prix of FF “Meeting” (Russia), 2014 FF “Russia” — the prize of “Civil Courage;” Special Prize at 2014 IFF “Stalker”; Nominee in the category of “Best Documentary Film” at 2014 “Laurel Branch”; Special Diploma “for the prize of charity and assistance to soldiers injured in battle” at XXIV IFF “Golden Knight”.

KOKTEBEL’S PEBBLES

Non-Competition program
Director: Andrei Osipov
Studio: Risk
2014, 90 min
American premiere
Program “At the Beginning Was the Word…”

This is a story of the poet and philosopher Maximilian Voloshin and his wonderful home in Koktebel; a story about the end of the Russian Silver Age that was shattered into small pebbles by the Soviet hammer. Koktebel gems. The film is based on interviews in 1996 with Maria Izorgina, a friend of Voloshin’s family. Her stories are about Maximilian Voloshin, Osip Mandelstam, Andrei Bely, Alexander Green and others.

Language: Russian; with English subtitles
Awards: 2015 “Bronze Knight” at the XXIV IFF “Golden Knight”; Grand Prix at 2014 IFF “Stalker”

ARCADIA

Non-Competition program
Director: Helga Landauer
Studio: Cineproject. USA
2015, 55 min
American premiere
Program “At the Beginning Was the Word…”
Program “Free World / 3W”

Our travels in Arcadia — the mythical seat of heaven — are led by the great Russian Poet Vladimir Gandelsman. Wherever he takes us, be it the smoking ruins of the Twin Towers or the streets of his Bronx neighborhood, Arcadia shimmers through. Gandelsman banished death from his poetry book “Arcadia”; in the film, however, she reclaims her spot as a fellow traveler.

Language: Russian; with English subtitles
This screening is supported by The New Review & Interpoezia journals (New York)

NEW PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION

Competition program
Director: Alexander Kaplan, Israel
2015, 45 мin.
American premiere

The many dramatic events of the last century – wars, revolutions, and terrorism – along with contradictory prognoses of the development of our civilization, don’t arouse optimism. The film’s protagonists – Israeli economists, writers, scientists, and school teachers, discuss the different scenarios of our future.

Language: Russian, Yiddish, with English subtitles.