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.
- 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
- Julia Aug
- Yana Esipovich
- Vasiliy Domrachev
- Daria Ekamasova
- Olga Dobrina
- Yana Troyanova
- Olga Degtyarova
- Alexandr Ivashkevich
- Yana Sexte
- Denis Osokin
- Shandor Berkeshy
- Roman Vazhenin
- Andrey Karasev
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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Aleksei Fedorchenko (Silent Souls) does not disappoint.
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.
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.