Living

  • 119'
  • Russia
  • 2012
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.
Director
Vasiliy Sigarev
Premiere
World première
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
119'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Zhit
Language
Russian
Producers
Roman Borisevich, Alexander Kushaev
Production Company
Koktebel Film Company
Sales
Koktebel Film Company
Screenplay
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