Vasily Sigarev's second feature, after his acclaimed Wolfy, is an existential portrait of protagonists living in a wintry Russian province. A mother wants to reunite with her twin daughters. A young couple marry in church, but immediately after the ceremony, God - or maybe the Devil, or maybe Blind Fate - tests their love in the most brutal way. A boy wants to see his estranged father, despite his mother's violent protests. Each of these characters lives through their own ordeal.
Among all the sorrows imaginable, Sigarev focuses on the most devastating: death. Without any sentimentality, but with brutal sincerity, he has made a fiercely personal yet artistically crafted film on the complexity of being.
A prominent author of extremely truthful plays written in the tradition of 'new drama', Sigarev takes his art a few steps further by meticulously depicting the bleak routine of everyday life, while at the same time searching for something hidden beneath its surface. He tackles a fundamental question: Is there catharsis in life, and therefore in art? If so, can our sorrows be healed? And if not, how can one escape despair and go on living? An enigma that transforms this 'realistic' film into a universal parable, revealing a mystery and even - in spite of all the bleakness - a miracle.

Original title
Zhit
Filmmaker
Vasiliy Sigarev
Premiere
World première
Country
Russia
Year
2012
Medium
35mm
Length
119’
Language
Russian
Producer
Roman Borisevich, Alexander Kushaev
Production Company
Koktebel Film Company
Sales
Koktebel Film Company
Writer
Vasily Sigarev
Cinematography
Alisher Khamikhodzhaev
Editor
Dasha Danilova
Production Design
Ludmila Dupina
Sound Design
Vladimir Golovnitsky
Music
Pavel Dodonov
Cast
Yana Troyanova, Yana Sekste
Website
http://koktebelfilm.ru/films/14