Movie List & Online Theater

Movie List & Online Theater

Tickets for online screenings will be on sale starting October 15, 2020, through the PayPal system. You can buy a ticket in advance and then watch the movie according to the schedule. Or you can buy a ticket on the day of the screening. The Online Theater will be automatically opened at 10 AM ET, October 19-25. Please note that tickets can be purchased between 10:00AM and 1:00AM Eastern Time every day. You can enter the code (provided to you via the ticket sale) any time but only once on the scheduled day(s) of the film. Also please note that you will need to enter the code by 1:00 AM (one hour after midnight from the designated day of screening). Each code is valid for one viewing of the film you chose. So, buy tickets and plan viewing in that time frame on the date(s) scheduled for each movie. A Note of Caution — If you would like to view the film a second time, you will need to purchase a new ticket and enter the new code.

Tickets are $10, non-refundable.

Each movie will be screened two days during the festival’s program. Please read the synopses and make your selection. Click “Pay and Watch”. On that page you will find two empty fields with the buttons: ‘PayPal’ and ‘Submit’.

First, insert a valid email address in the field ‘Email’ and press the “PayPal” button to pay for the screening according to the instructions. The PayPal system has its own instructions on how to pay.

Then you will receive a code to the email address that you had entered in the field. (If you do not receive the email with the code, please check your Spam folder).

Insert your code into the first empty field and press the ‘Submit’ button.
The movie will start downloading. Press the small arrow button (“play” button) on the black movie screen.

Watch the movie. Please remember: you cannot pause the screening. If you would like to watch the movie again you will have to buy a new ticket. How quickly the film downloads will depend on your internet server. Also, please make sure to enter your code to watch movie before 1:00 AM Eastern Time.

We hope you enjoy our festival film program.
Please remember that you can nominate your favorite movie for “The Peoples’ Choice” Award. Please email the name of your favorite movie to – contact address: rusdocfilmfest@gmail.com

Exclusion Zone
Exclusion Zone

Author/Director:

Julia Rytik

Producer:

Artur Miller

Studio:

GITR Film & TV School

Year:

2020

Running time:

13 min

Country:

Russia/Ukraine

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

Sound Engineer: Ivan Apilat

When the Chernobyl nuclear power station blew up in 1985 it seemed that Time came to a halt. Indeed, it did for those residents in areas that were contaminated with radioactive fallout from the disaster. In this film, for the first time, the public hears things that these residents previously wouldn’t dare to speak aloud. This is a genre called "post-apocalyptic documentary”.

Wednesday, October 20th (Fresh Look program is free)
Expedition. Between Antarctica and Arctic
Expedition. Between Antarctica and Arctic

Author/Director:

Alexander Ilyin

Producer:

Studio:

NP KiT

Year:

2020

Running time:

53 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

This film is about the modern-day, round-the-world expedition of three Russian sailing ships. As part of the current expedition, teenage Russian cadets and cabin boys learned everything about sailing ships. Part of the cinematic shorts was made with a drone, a sky-high flying ‘unmanned’ camera.

Wednesday, October 20th (Fresh Look program is free)
Firefighter. The First Day of Summer
Firefighter. The First Day of Summer

Author/Director:

Kirill Alatortsev

Producer:

Studio:

104th Fire Department

Year:

2021

Running time:

23 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

The first day of summer. A house is on fire. Labeled as a “documentary thriller”, this film was made by a blogger who is a professional firefighter. It offers an immersive experience of going inside a ‘bag of fire’, a burning house. This is genuine and not a staged trick.

Wednesday, October 20th (Fresh Look program is free)
Magdalena
Magdalena

Author/Director:

Nina Zaretskaya

Producer:

Studio:

Art Media Center «TV Gallery»

Year:

2019

Running time:

5 min

Country:

USA

Language:

English, English subtitles

This is a story of a woman who survived the Holocaust. The film is a combination of incompatible things: the Holocaust which we know only from newsreels – and a modern means of communication, a smartphone which is in our pocket. The film was shot with a mobile phone.

Wednesday, October 20th (Fresh Look program is free)
Shadows of Your Childhood
Shadows of Your Childhood

Author/Director:

Mikhail Gorobchuk

Producer:

Ekaterina Vizgalova, Irina Kalinina, Vladislav Shuvalov

Studio:

Year:

2020

Running time:

21 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

Just how much do we remember from our childhood and why is it important to us? Fragments of elusive memories, as well as voices and shimmers of light – these often are the flickering sensations of childhood. They follow us all our life, but how do we view these experiences later in life. These memories are somewhere in the deep recesses of our memory in the form of bits of conversations, flashes of light and shadows. With this film, the director tries to capture his daughter’s early years growing up, in order to provide her with her future memories — by creating an intricate labyrinth, where memories have their own path of development. Scenes and fragments cling to each other on an associative basis.

In this video essay the director shows the process of the child's cognition of the world by utilizing cinematic techniques that play with light and shadows. The shadow is the main background, symbolizing the hidden world that’s the main one in the formation of the child.

Wednesday, October 20th (Fresh Look program is free)
Alilo. The Rebirth of Georgian Chants
Alilo. The Rebirth of Georgian Chants

Author/Director:

Filipp Orlyansky

Producer:

Filipp Orlyansky

Studio:

Year:

2021

Running time:

100 min

Country:

Georgia/Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

In the Caucasus region, on the border where Europe meets the Middle East, is one of Earth’s oldest nations. The Georgian people are heirs to an ancient tradition of religious singing. This film is a journey to that fabulous country, a story about Georgia’s exquisite Orthodox Christian chants. Scholars say, "the best that people have dedicated to God are the Georgian chants.” They are precious gems in mankind’s musical heritage. The film features the finest performances, bringing the audience into contact with the spiritual heights of the Georgian people.

Tuesday, October 19th & Sunday, October 24th
Arbenin’s Mask
Arbenin's Mask

Author/Director:

Antonio Caro Berezin

Producer:

Ricardo González Serrano, Patricio Pino

Studio:

Lemuntu Producciones

Year:

2021

Running time:

50 min

Country:

Chile

Language:

Russian, Spanish, English subtitles

When Russian culture interacts with South American social mores, the results can be slightly awkward. Sergey, theatre director, arrives in Chile from Russia to stage Masquerade by Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841), one of the most famous Russian Romantic poets. Meanwhile, a Chilean group of actors learns the same texts in Spanish. But when the creative process touches upon rumors about the poet’s life, some uncomfortable moments arise: it turns out Chile has different ways of dealing with culture, sexuality, and censorship.

Tuesday, October 19th & Wednesday, October 20th
Burov & Burov
Burov & Burov

Author/Director:

Pavel Selin

Producer:

Svetlana Chernomyrdina, Vera Kuprikova

Studio:

Year:

2020

Running time:

45 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

Two Russian brothers, both natural artistic geniuses. Alexander and Vladimir Burov are residents of the small village of Fedorovka-1 in the steppe in south-central Russia. Alexander is a realist; Vladimir is an abstractionist. They live in the same world, but each sees it in his own way. Their relationship is complex. They live on neighboring streets, but creative jealousy flares up. Alexander is a member of the Union of Artists, and Vladimir is a hermit who can't stand public exhibitions. The art historians who discovered them speak of the brothers as world-class artists. The true story of this rural ‘Russian Cain and Abel’ comes to a head at their personal exhibition in France, which was organized by their admirer.

Thursday, October 21st & Friday, October 22nd
Costakis’ Gift
Costakis’ Gift

Author/Director:

Elena Lobachevskaya

Producer:

Natalia Opaleva/AZ Museum

Studio:

Year:

2020

Running time:

59 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

During the brutal years of Soviet repression, George Costakis somehow managed to secretly gather and preserve in his Moscow apartment some of the greatest works of Russian Avant-garde art. The film features the collector’s daughter, artists, art critics, and museum curators sharing memories of Costakis. They disagree and question each other’s versions of his life. But through the fragments of their recollections, the viewer can piece together the collector’s multifaceted personality that was anything but simple.

Saturday, October 23rd & Sunday, October 24th
Rachmaninoff Revisited
Rachmaninoff Revisited

Author/Director:

Peter Rosen

Producer:

Studio:

Peter Rosen Productions, Inc. for ARTE/WDR/EUROARTS

Year:

2020

Running time:

50 min

Country:

USA

Language:

English

A great pianist and composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) escaped from Soviet Russia in the 1920s and found a new life in the USA. This is the first comprehensive biography of Rachmaninoff created by American filmmakers. Featuring commentary and performances by today's most respected pianists, this is a story of overcoming hardship and eventual redemption through the power of music.

Monday, October 18th & Sunday, October 24th
Serge Hollerbach. A Russian Painter in New York
Serge Hollerbach. A Russian Painter in New York

Author/Director:

A'Dora Phillips

Producer:

Brian Schumacher

Studio:

The Vision & Art Project

Year:

2020

Running time:

24 min

Country:

USA

Language:

English, Russian with English Subtitles

Serge Hollerbach was one of New York City's most celebrated artists, a key member of the National Institute of Design, and the recipient of prestigious American and European awards. Although he was blind at the time of filming, Serge creates two paintings separated in time by a four-year period during which he has visibly aged and his eyesight has deteriorated. While painting, he discusses art and analyzes his long 95-year journey through life.

Friday, October 22nd & Saturday, October 23rd
A Shroud Of Incense
A Shroud Of Incense

Author/Director:

Sasha Kretsan

Producer:

Sasha Kretsan Film

Studio:

Umbra Penumbra Production

Year:

2019

Running time:

64 мин

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

Teodor Currentzis is one of the most prestigious contemporary conductors; his interpretations of classical and contemporary music as well as his unorthodox conducting manner and new aesthetics of reading well-known music are a source of inspiration for music lovers all over the world. Born in Athens, Greece, Currentzis spent eight years in Perm, a province of Russia. He founded the Territory Festival of Contemporary Art and supervised the Diaghilev Festival. This film is the story of two weeks spent with the famous conductor.

Tuesday, October 19th & Sunday, October 24th
Stanislavsky: Lust for Life
Stanislavsky: Lust for Life

Author/Director:

Yulia Bobkova

Producer:

Alexey Telnov

Studio:

Lendoc

Year:

2020

Running time:

82 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

The pillars of modern theater are in large part built upon the genius of a theater director, Konstantin Stanislavsky. Students around the world train according to his ‘Stanislavsky system’. This film explores the acting profession and its impact on viewers. Using rare footage from archives in Russia, America, Germany, and France, the author tells about the life and legacy of the great Russian theater master, about his revolutionary system that changed the world. The film includes interviews with famous actors and their teachers, directors, and producers.

Tuesday, October 19th & Friday, October 22nd
The Merchant at all Times. The Virtual Museum of Sergei Diaghilev
The Merchant at all Times. The Virtual Museum of Sergei Diaghilev

Author/Director:

Svetlana Astretsova

Producer:

Ilmir Yusupov, Svetlana Astresova

Studio:

The Cherry Orchard

Year:

2017

Running time:

44 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

Dedicated to the 20th century’s greatest impresario, this film is a journey through the "virtual" museum of Sergei Diaghilev. Each room tells about the particular field of Diaghilev’s activities. The "excursion" is led by "guides" - famous figures in disciplines related to the work of Diaghilev, including ballet great dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze; as well as fashion historian Alexandre Vassilyev. The focus is not only on Diaghilev’s new artistic ideas but also on his talent as an organizer, as well as his discoveries in the field of producing, public relations, and advertising.

Wednesday, October 20th & Saturday, October 23rd
The Russian Rondo of Natalia Shakhovskaya
The Russian Rondo of Natalia Shakhovskaya

Author/Director:

Irina Zaitseva

Producer:

Irina Zaitseva

Studio:

ARS Film Studio

Year:

2019

Running time:

77 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

The film is the final message from a brilliant musician, a great teacher, and an amazing person, telling the story of the outstanding 20th-century cellist, Natalia Shakhovskaya, professor of the Moscow Conservatory, and Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Spain. The Queen of Spain presented to Natalia the Civil Order of Knighthood of Alphonse X the Wise, and she has conformed to these knightly ideals and instilled them in her students.

Wednesday, October 20th & Thursday, October 21st
Tsvetaeva.Open
Tsvetaeva.Open

Author/Director:

Alla Damsker

Producer:

Anatoly Bely

Studio:

NonFictionFilm

Year:

2021

Running time:

68 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

Poet Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) was one of Russia’s greatest 20th-century literary geniuses, but her life has still provoked discussion and antagonistic interpretations since her suicide in 1940. This film gathered Russian celebrities – artists and writers - to respond to the accusations hurled at Marina Tsvetaeva. Based on letters, diaries, and archival documents, the film reveals the most personal details of Tsvetaeva's life from 1917 to 1922, which was a time of the Revolution and Civil War. It’s impossible to explain what Tsvetaeva's true motives were. The director wants to air an alternative point of view to the insults.

Monday, October 18th & Saturday, October 23rd
The Tale of the Real Fisson
The Tale of the Real Fisson

Author/Director:

Svetlana Nasenkova

Producer:

Studio:

St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio

Year:

2018

Running time:

26 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

Though confined to a wheelchair, he was one of modern Russia’s greatest comic geniuses. Vadim Fisson was the creator, director, and artistic genius behind Comic Trust, the world-famous St. Petersburg theater. While officially classified as a "person with disabilities", he lived a  dynamic life and conquered all the tragic vicissitudes of fate with his boundless talent, wisdom, and humor. The theater that he gave birth to, Comic Trust, continues to live on and bring joy to thousands across Russia and the world.

Tuesday, October 19th & Wednesday, October 20th
A Short Tutorial on Raising Seals
A Short Tutorial on Raising Seals

Author/Director:

Vladimir Marin

Producer:

Philipp Abrutin, Dmitry Yakunin, Olga Philonova

Studio:

«Youth Initiatives» Production Center

Year:

2020

Running time:

52 min

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian, English subtitles

As climate change intensifies and radically alters ecosystems and animal behavior, Russia’s second-largest city is enjoying a most unusual surprise. On the banks of St. Petersburg’s Neva River, people began to notice young seals in the spring. There are about 30,000 Baltic seals left, but they’ve never been spotted so far east, on St. Petersburg's shores. Or maybe they were simply good at hiding from humans and never noticed before. Now, the people of St. Petersburg can see those amazing sea creatures that are not typical for the city. The film reflects the beauty of local wildlife and shows how humans can live in harmony with these denizens of the sea.

Thursday, October 21st & Friday, October 22nd
Exclusion Zone
Зона отселения
2020  
•  Russia/Ukraine  
•  13 min  
•  Russian, English subtitles
Author/Director(s): Julia Rytik
Producer(s): Artur Miller
Studio: GITR Film & TV School

Sound Engineer: Ivan Apilat

When the Chernobyl nuclear power station blew up in 1985 it seemed that Time came to a halt. Indeed, it did for those residents in areas that were contaminated with radioactive fallout from the disaster. In this film, for the first time, the public hears things that these residents previously wouldn’t dare to speak aloud. This is a genre called "post-apocalyptic documentary”.

Julia Rytik worked at the Gorky film studio. Since 2019, she has been working at Mir Media as an assistant director and editing director.

Wednesday, October 20th (Fresh Look program is free)