Polikarp Sudomoikin, his wife Evdokia Grigorieva and all their big family live in a distant transbaikal village Bichura. Cultural traditions of the "Semeyskiye", Russian Old Believers, remained in Bichura. During Catharine the Great their ancestors were forced to move from the western regions of Russia to the wild land of Transbaikalia. The Soviet power ruthlessly exterminated everything that has been related to the culture and the history of the Old believers. But to break their love for freedom was impossible. In our days they restore church, sing the ancient songs. And Polikarp Sudomojkin, has become famous in native places for his extraordinary pictures that he began to paint after retirement.
The Epochal Trip of Mr. Tříska's to Russia
Few years ago teacher Jaroslav Tříska found his grandfather's legionary diary. His grandfather spent several years in a russian captivity during the First World War. Jaroslav takes grandpa's diary and sets out on his life journey. The route goes exactly in the footsteps of grandfather's journey, following the axis Prague – Moscow – Yekaterimburg – Novosibirsk – Chita. On his journey he reveals not only external changes that have occurred during the time. He also tries to find answers to the questions - Is Russia a democratic state? What form of democracy is it, where journalists are beeing shot and Putin still seems to be dangerous. A feature-length version of the film will be available.
Russian collector Nikalay decides… “to appoint a Genius” out of unknown artist. With a help of promotion and money he wants to turn poor painter who came to Moscow from province and is working in a dirty cellar – into rich, prosper and well-sold.He is sure he will manage to do it, because contemporary collectors made art collecting a profitable business. They buy paintings of well-promoted artists that may rise in price in the future. They don’t buy paintings that they simply like. In the film modern collectors like Nikolay are contrasted with the life story of a famous Greek Kostaki. This badly-educated driver in last century in Moscow spent all his money buying paintings that everyone considered garbage, rubbish – not art items. But he really liked them! It turned out that way he saved paintings of Russian Avant-garde artists and his collection now is priceless. All Kostaki’s biography, sometimes reminiscenting a detective, proves that most important things in life are passion, love, inspiration…
Lenin museum in the Gorky village was built at the end of the Soviet epoch, in the year 1987. And it was the most ambitious “Temple of the God” in the USSR. Twenty years later, when Russia is still in the process of transformation in the new political system, the Museum is still in operation, while it reflects the social situation in the country.
Siberia`s Floating Hospital
This story takes place in the northern part of Russian Siberia. Every year in May 20 doctors, mostly women, leave their families, board on a ship and float on it until autumn. This ship is called the floating clinic, and it goes to places that are not accessible by roads, only by rivers, when ice goes down. Doctors live on this shift work as real sailors. They live in cabins, wake up and go to bed according to the ship schedule, react to false emergency alarms that captain sometimes switches on, listen to his strict disciplinary reprimands. Clean fish that sailors catch. The whole life passes in this half a year. Nurse Victoriya finds her new love on the ship, but her 2 year old son meanwhile forgets her voice. Cook Vitya starts to hate his profession, and the chief doctor tries to dismiss captain… But leaving the ship in November, doctors cry.
It is a creative documentary. Through stories of concrete people we will tell about Russian shift-workers, who produce gas. When Europeans switch on gas ovens, there burns gas, produced by our characters. However this is not a film about Russian notorious company Gasprom, it’s a film about men for whom this work is the only possibility to earn decent money. In order to support their families they have to leave their families for a long time. It’s a hard work on the edge of the earth, on the Arctic Ocean cost. Our characters could have stayed home, like their neighbors. In their hometowns, in Russian province, there is no well-payed jobs or no job at all, neighbors are in depression and drink a lot. The benefit is that you live at home with your family, in normal climate. But our characters have made their choice. It’s a hard choice. And we are trying to understand them. It’s a universal story because thousands of people everywhere in the world go for shift work or work in the fields during expeditions. But this is also specific story, because we deal with Russian men in the Russian north, where there are special conditions, and a lot of humor and absurdity, like anywhere in Russia. We have three characters. First, Alex is a plumber. He does not pump gas, he pumps feces, and he's old polar wolf. He had rather typical love story – a cook who came to the north to hunt for a man, took him from his first family. Now he has to support his children from the first marriage, and children of his new wife. He is about to retire and is afraid to become as poor as his neighbors. Second, Dmitry, is thirty five. He is young and ambitious engineer, in the middle of his career. He has also worked in the north for quiet a while and he has a problem with his family. His wife is a beautiful young blonde and he suffers each time he leaves her. He is afraid to loose her. Our third character, Andrew, is starting to work in the north. Young, inexperienced, he's just began the shift work and everything is new for him – harsh working conditions, strong winds, snowstorms, life in a wagon, complicated relations in a men's pack. Andrew’s left his home for a long time for the first time in his life. His relationships with his mother and his girlfriend get complicated because of it. We observe how he is getting mature, changing from a boy into adult man. It is a multilayer story. First there is a layer of concrete human stories. Second is the space where stories take place – the north, trains and helicopters, roads, towns and villages. Third layer is our country in general, where our film takes place, TV news form the background that is connected to each of our protagonists. Finally, it is Gasprom itself, that we treat not as a monstrous company responsible for gas production and Russian money, but as a place, where normal people live and work.