Pioneer Heroes

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    Pioneer Heroes

    Pionery-geroi

    Directed by

    Russia

    2015

    111 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    Veliky Novgorod, 1987. Olga makes a stand against her teacher's authoritarian teaching methods, Andrey is propagating an ‘anti-death pill’ in a jam jar and Katya observes her father distilling booze illegally behind closed doors. These three young schoolmates are all members of the ‘Vladimir Illyich Lenin’ Young Pioneer organisation and are full of childlike visions of the future. Over twenty-five years on, all three have now established themselves professionally in Moscow, and yet they have not really found their bearings in present day Russia. Olga suffers from panic attacks, Andrey tries to fill his inner void with computer games, and Katya is pursued by unsettling dreams. Moving poetically between past and present, Natalia Kudryashova shows the gulf between the visions of yesteryear and today's reality which the dissolution of the Soviet Union has left behind for its final generation of Young Pioneers. Impressively dense and atmospheric images describe their attitudes towards life. Derelict concrete buildings, imposing and Kafkaesque, give shape to the oppressive shadows of their original dreams that now threaten to engulf them.

    Awards

    • Best Work-in-Progress - Les Arcs FF
    • Best Cast - Minsk FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Natalya Kudryashova
    Daria Moroz
    Aleksei Mitin
    Aleksandr Userdin
    Yuri Kuznetsov
    Varya Shablakova
    Sima Vybornova
    Nikita Yakovlev
    Screenplay
    Natalya Kudryashova
    Cinematography
    Ruslan Gerasimenkov
    Editing
    Semyon Galperin
    Sales
    ALPHA VIOLET
    Production
    CTB FILM COMPANY

    Press

    It does convey a sense of wonder and spirit in remarkably composed childhood scenes.

    David D'Arcy, Screen Daily

    Natalya Kudryashova

    Natalya Kudryashova

    Russia

    Born in Gorki – now Nizhny Novgorod – in the Soviet Union in 1978, she studied acting at the Nizhegorodsky Theatre School before taking a Directing Course with Anatoly Vasiliev at the School of Dramatic Art in Moscow. Since 2001 she has appeared as an actress in numerous theatre productions in Moscow.