Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari

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    Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari

    Directed by

    Russia

    2012

    106 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    This is a collection of portraits, something of a “film-calendar”: 23 short stories about the Marij women, a sort of Decameron suspended between magic and realism, in which the Autonomus Republic of the Marij El serves as a backdrop for the collective history of a people of ancient tradition. A journey into a misterious and unknown part of the world.

    Awards

    • Prize for Best Cinematography & Gorin Prize for Best Script- Kinotavr FF
    • Wroclaw Grand Prix - New Horizons IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize & Federal Foreign Office’s Award - goEast Festival

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Julia Aug
    Yana Esipovich
    Vasiliy Domrachev
    Daria Ekamasova
    Olga Dobrina
    Yana Troyanova
    Olga Degtyarova
    Alexandr Ivashkevich
    Yana Sexte
    Screenplay
    Denis Osokin
    Cinematography
    Shandor Berkeshy
    Editing
    Roman Vazhenin
    Music
    Andrey Karasev

    Director's Statement

    Russia is a complex nation, considering that the territory is inhabited not by a single people, like in Latvia or Poland, but by at least 180 ethnic groups. The Finno-Ugric peoples are natives of central Russia, which now counts the largest number of churches and monasteries. The Meadow Mari represent one of the largest Finno-Ugric peoples, and the only one that maintained the tradition of communal prayer in the groves, a simple ritual in honour of the karts, the local priests. Their sacred mountain was blown up, and their groves were cut down, but very soon the authorities realized that they had endangered the life of the community... The celestial brides and wives of the Meadow Mari are indistinguishable from earthly wives

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    Press

    Aleksei Fedorchenko (Silent Souls) does not disappoint.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    But the mood is never less than ebullient, the cheerfully luminous images are always enticing and the women themselves, chosen not for their beauty but for the lively energy emanating from their faces and body language, the sets look entirely authentic even if they not always are.

    Screen Daily

    Alexey Fedorchenko

    Alexey Fedorchenko

    Russia

    Born in 1966, he lives and works in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He graduated from the Ural Polytechnic Institute's faculty of economics in 1988 and from the All-Russia State Institute of Cinematography, faculty of screenwriting, in 2000. Since 1990 he has been working at the Sverdlovsk film studio as a director of documentary films, scriptwriter, feature film director and producer. In 2005 he started working for the film company “February, 29th” as a director and producer. His film FIRST PEOPLE ON THE MOON won in Venice Horizons Documentary Award, and SILENT SOULS received the FIPRESCI Prize, Nazareno Taddei Award and SIGNIS Award – Honorable Mention. His most recent film ANNA'S WAR world premiered at IFF Rotterdam 2018 and will screen at Munich IFF 2018.

    Selected Filmography