Ostrov - Lost Island
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    Ostrov - Lost Island

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2021

    92 min

    • Russian

    Documentary

    Lost in the Caspian Sea, the island of Ostrov was once home to a well-functioning collective fishery. After the fall of the USSR, the farm was destroyed and black caviar extraction was banned. Three thousand people used to live on the island. Today, around fifty remain. The island has no gas nor electricity, no legal jobs, no doctors nor policemen. For Ivan (50), the stubborn descendant of a dynasty of fishermen, there is only one job: illegal fishing. Ivan has been convicted for poaching, yet he goes out to sea again. He has no choice - he either gets the sturgeon or he starves. Ivan continues to believe in Putin and Russia's imperial ambitions. His pride for his homeland compensates him for the misery of everyday life. Anna (45) studied and lived in the city when she was young, but fell in love with Ivan and chose the harsh life on the island. They want their children, Anton and Alina, to have a better future somewhere else. But Anton has already started to go out to sea.

    Awards

    • Best International Feature - Hot Docs

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Svetlana Rodina
    Laurent Stoop
    Cinematography
    Laurent Stoop
    Editing
    Svetlana Rodina
    Karine Sudan
    Orsola Valenti
    Music
    Marcel Vaid
    Sales
    TASKOVSKI FILMS
    Production
    DOKLAB GMBH

    Press

    Between utopia and dystopia, Ostrov – Lost Island speaks of modern-day Russia torn between nostalgia and harsh reality.

    Cineuropa

    Svetlana Rodina

    Russia

    Svetlana Rodina graduated in philology in Kazan and later in film directing in Moscow. She has worked as a reporter and host for various TV programmes on the RTR channel. In 2011 she became editor-in-chief of the documentary department of one of the largest production companies in Russia; United Media Group. Since 2006 she has primarily worked on TV documentaries as script writer and director.

    Laurent Stoop

    Laurent Stoop

    Switzerland

    Laurent Stoop was born in Lausanne in 1965. He has a degree in literature and photography. He has worked for many major European television stations. As DOP he filmed a great number of documentaries, including politically engaged films that deal with Chechnya, Anna Politovskaya, Aung San Suui Kyi, and more.