Silent Souls

  • 75'
  • Russia
  • 2010
Water and love are the two gods worshipped by the Meri. According to Aist, the narrator of Silent Souls, the age-old culture of the Meri - a folk of Finnish origin - still lives on in the part of Russia where they once settled.
Aist, a factory worker with literary ambitions, is unsurprised when his boss asks him to take his dead wife to her last resting place. It’s the Meri way. With the body in the back of the car, the two men drive to the river where they will cremate her. Another typical Meri custom is 'smoking', in which the widower discusses his sex life with the deceased.
The camera work by Mikhail Krichman, who also worked for Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return, The Banishment), is enchanting. Alexei Fedorchenko knows his Russian classics but also strikes a very personal tone in this beautiful and fateful drama that swings between absurdism, anthropology and deep-seated melancholy.




Director
Alexey Fedorchenko
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
75'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Ovsyanki
Language
Russian
Producers
Igor Mishin, Mary Nazari
Production Companies
April MIG Pictures Film Company, Media Mir Foundation
Sales
Memento Films International
Screenplay
Denis Osokin
Cinematography
Mikhail Krichman
Editor
Sergei Ivanov
Production Design
Andrey Ponckratov, Aleksei Potapov
Sound Design
Kirill Vasilenko
Music
Andrei Karasyov
Cast
Viktor Sukhorukov
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands
Website
http://international.memento-films.com/catalogue/silent-souls