Fedya is 20 years old. He loves movies, Zhenya and the small provincial ‘Motherland’ movie theatre that he has managed to revive. When the local authorities decide to turn ‘Motherland’ into a shopping mall, there is only one thing he can do: make a successful film with a top celebrity and pay off the crooked officials. No funds to pay top dollar?
Self-portrait. In 1998 our family came under armed attack. We were able to escape and we fled Grozny. We have been silent about it since.
Nikolay Kochegarov is the only resident living in the village Pashki. His house stands in the middle of the field and it is the only one left in the village. He has spent his life serving sentences for theft, for killing his wife. He had a son who spent his life drinking a lot and robbing houses. Once the son attacked him, while defending himself father killed his son.
The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night.
Everyone knows everyone else in the tiny village. An elderly herdsman, Vasilich, devotes all his time to taking care of a doe-eyed cow named Candy; lonely Granny Zina curses the government; married women glance enviously at other women’s husbands; and the local inventor, Vanya, entertains the children with his ingenious devices.
Gifted Russian director Alexey Uchitel (The Edge) returns to the Festival with this explosive crime drama about the violent rivalry that erupts when an elite police operative falls for a gangster’s moll.
Summer 1982, Leningrad. Jerome and Carole are waiting in line to go through the customs service in order to enter the USSR. They are cousins and both are eighteen. One could have mistaken them for a perfect couple of tourists in love, but for a coat too warm for the season, and a streaming sweat on Jerome’s face.
We wish for a lot of things, but what is it that we really want? Masha is about to discover this – on New Year’s Eve she gets hold of a magic bird willing to make her seven dearest wishes come true. Masha sets out to find her dream and goes through a multitude of magic transformations! But will the life she’s been dreaming about make her happy?
What if one day you make a mistake that destroys your life? Would you be ready to take the consequences, even if they ruin the happiness of your family? Would you be ready to kill somebody just to hide this mistake?