An obsolete train, the kind associated with deportations to Siberia, long hours pent in terrible conditions - this is little Nina's journey on holiday. The girl, who lives at boarding school, wants to spend her winter break with her family in the far north of Russia. We see a Siberian village cut off from the world and covered with snow...
Film Almanac “Fires in Russia, Summer 2010”
Summer 2010. The entire central part of Russia is covered by the fire. Around one hundred and thirty villages and towns were burned. Cities and roads have been in the smoke. The authors of these films with the volunteers sent to the epicenter of events.
The End of the Way
Zinaida Gorshkova is eighty years old. She lives in a small house on a vast plain. Diseases nor wars have been able to destroy the wealthy village of Otary. According to the plans of the power station of, the village should have disappeared in the waves of the water reservoir. In the area where the reservoir should have been, forests and meadows are growing now. A railroad track disappears into the taiga. And Mrs. Zina - alone in her house, twenty kilometres from the nearest shop - sings a song from her childhood days about the unbeatable Soviet Union.
Winter Go Away
“Winter Go Away” was filmed by the graduates of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s Documentary Filmmaking and Theater School, on the initiative of Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper. Ten young directors did not part from their cameras for two months. The result was a chronicle of Russia’s winter protests - a chronicle of those who make the political climate and those who are dissatisfied with the makers. We see people, their faces, their conversations, rallies, victories and defeats ahead of the presidential election. A living camera interacts with living heroes. “Winter Go Away” is funny in places - and yet contains an overall sadness. Its nearly 80 minutes go by very quickly - so quickly that one wonders immediately what comes next.
Young musician and writer Evgeny Alekhin is waiting for his first book to be published. However, he does not spend his days just waiting, something is always going on in his life. Where is his relationship, his work and all his life going?
The ZIL truck factory, a giant in the heart of Moscow whose produce also included the showcase limousines for Soviet leaders, is now largely defunct. Suddenly, it gets a new order... Moscow giant truck plant ZIL was central for the lives of thousands of workers for more than 80 years, proudly calling itself a “talent foundry”, a “city within a city” and “the 16th republic” (the former Soviet Union consisting of 15 republics). Among other vehicles, it also produced the showcase limousines for Soviet leaders and the Red Square Parades. The plant is now unprofitable and largely defunct. Its continued existence depends above all on political factors, the protection of Moscow authorities, and the efforts of a handful of specialists and engineers who have dedicated most of their lives to the plant, which continues to be a great source of pride for them. For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the plant receives an order from the Ministry of Defense - three new ZIL limousines are supposed to open May’s Victory Day Parade on the Red Square. Only few specialist workers from the elite, previously top-secret department of Original and Special Automobiles, are left – rare professionals, all of them old enough to retire. But the deadline must be met. Set against this backdrop, the film is a multi-layered collective portrait of the ZIL community as they struggle to survive.