Estonia, Latvia | 2019 | DCP | Color | 61 min | Ksenia Okhapkina
WEDNESDAY 7 | CINEMEX ALTAVISTA | 16:00 HRS. | 60 MIN
SATURDAY 10 | FILMIN LATINO | 24 HRS. | 60 MIN
Director: Ksenia Okhapkina
Screenplay: Ksenia Okhapkina, Kersti Uibo, Pauls Bankovskis
Producer: Riho Västrik, Uldis Cekulis
Cinematography: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Artem Ignatov, Ksenia Okhapkina
Editing: Stijn Deconinck, Ksenia Okhapkina
Sound: Aleksandr Dudarev
Music: Robert Jürjendal, Arian Levin
Production company: Vesilind
The film, set in a north-western industrial town in Russia, reveals the mechanism that entices human beings to voluntarily become a resource to the state. Can a person ever be free in a totalitarian society, where intricate and obscure structures take control of their mind-set from an early age? The film looks at the making of a Russian citizen from a fresh angle. The director’s subtle but demanding look reveals “the system” at work in the most benign-looking situations, in all aspects of the everyday. What happens to people’s free will and self-determination in such conditions? The film is a Nietzschean treat, asking the core existential question: is a human being ever born free?
KSENIA OKHAPKINA graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Film and TV in 2012. Since 2014, she has collaborated with the Estonian producer Riho Västrik and his film studio Vesilind. Her first documentary produced in Vesilind, “Come Back Free”, won IDFA Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary in 2016. “Come Back Free” is a poetic documentary about life in a war-torn Chechen village with local cemetery as its symbolic focal point. With her previous work, Ksenia has shown her ability to capture “the poetic in the profane”. She avows to the meaningfulness of a single frame and has strong commitment to composition.
54th Karlovy Vary IFF –GRAND PRIX for Best Documentary– 2019, Czech Republic
Astra Film Festival –Best Film in the International Competition – 2019, Romania
ArtDocfest for Riga International Film Festival – Grand Prix– 2019, Latvia