The Revolution that Wasn't
The Russian opposition, fragmented by different extreme ideas, was faced with a dilemma before the 2008 presidential elections: whether to remain in history, or to get lost in it. This film is a story told from inside the Russian oppositon. This is also the story of a Russian revolutionary, who shot into the political fight, grabbed the leadership role while the real party leader was in prison, and had his moment of glory; later to lose his comrades' trust and be degraded down to a mere party member. He withdraws to a monastery.
In bunker-like premises in Moscow, a neo-fascist organisation has its headquarters. Here young people gather around common concepts and around a general dissatisfaction with Russian society of the day. Attacks are planned, meetings organised, the ideology is developed and discussed. Their conviction is that a strong fellowship, knowledge of what Russia should be and a charismatic leader will be enough to move history in a predetermined direction. Because there is both the will to use violence and a willingness to give up their own lives.
Aliona Polunina, before making documentaires learned painting, at the beginnig of the 2000s she was a copy-editor in glossy and life-style magazines. She made some attempts at writing, was an actress and a crime reporter& In 2002 she won an educational grant and was enrolled in the Higher Corses for Script Writers and Producers, department of nonfiction films.
Women Above 2007, 46 minThe Revolution That Was Not 2008, 96 min
East Silver Caravan - 2008
The Revolution That Wasn't -
Special Mention of the Jury - DOK Leipzig 2008;
Special Prize - Jihlava 2008;
Alpe Adria Cinema Award - Trieste Film Festival 2009;
Library Award the Books and Reading Department of French Ministry of Culture;
Red-Vectracom Award - Cinema du Reel 2009;
The First Award - Docudays Kiev 2009;
Prize Jury - KINOTEATR.doc 2009
Grand Prix Non-format - 18th Open Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia Kinoshok 2009;
Elephant Award, Guild of Film Critics - 18th Open Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia Kinoshok 2009;
2nd Prize at the Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 2009;
Award SIC Notícias for best investigation documentary, DocLisboa 2009;
Award for Best Direction, Listopad Film Festival, Belarus, 2009;
National Award, Laurel Branch (nomination for Best Art Film), Russia, 2009;
National White Elephant Award of the Russian Guild of Film Critics, nomination for Best Documentary Film, 2009.