The Son

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    The Son

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    France, Russia

    2018

    71 min

    • Russian

    Documentary

    In 2013, Dima Ilukhin, the cousin of the film’s director and a soldier in the Russian army, died on duty in the Republic of Dagestan in the North Caucasus. He was 21 years old. This incident marks the starting point for Abaturov’s reflection on the military. He films the training of new recruits in Siberia, as they bid farewell to their mothers and girlfriends, learn the mechanics of a Kalashnikov, or how to throw a hand grenade and administer first aid. While his parents try to cope with their loss, Dima’s former fellow recruits have to return to battle. They too have first-hand experience of the losses caused by war. Some of them dream of their dead friend. For their part, those hoping for new places are still trying to prove their mettle. The toughest among them try to get into the Spetsnaz, the Russian military’s special forces. Ultimately, only 34 out of 112 applicants win the right to wear the iconic red beret, after a series of gruelling tests. As they and their comrades are swallowed up by the huge belly of the aircraft supposed to transport them to the front, it’s only then that you see apprehension flash across their faces.

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    Screenplay
    Alexander Abaturov
    Cinematography
    Artiom Petrov
    Editing
    Luc Forveille
    Production
    PETIT A PETIT PRODUCTION
    Sales
    ANDANA FILMS
    Alexander Abaturov

    Alexander Abaturov

    Russia

    Alexander Abaturov was born in 1984 in Russia. After graduating from Gorki University, he became a journalist. In 2010, he obtained a Master Degree from the French documentary School in Lussas. In 2013, he made his first documentary, SLEEPING SOULS, selected in numerous festivals and awarded the Institut Français Prize at the Cinéma du Réel Festival. THE SON is his first feature length documentary.

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