Twilight Portrait

  • 105'
  • Russia
  • 2011
A girlfriend of Marina describes her as a happy woman. And that’s how it looks. She is married, has a beautiful apartment, lives comfortably in the middle class and has an interesting job as a social worker. What people don’t know is that Marina was recently raped by three police officers. Her character changes and she becomes a strange version of herself.
As a person - and as a woman - she wrestles with existential questions about society. It turns out to be corrupt, rock hard and entirely hostile. In coming to terms with her trauma and rediscovering her identity, she throws herself in front of one of the culprits. Is it revenge, self punishment, or - considering her work experience - is she looking for the roots of his cruel behaviour?
With a minimal budget and primarily non-professional actors, debuting director Angelina Nikonova has made a perhaps controversial yet intriguing and credible social drama, filled with grey images of the surroundings that visually underline the mood and the theme.

Director
Angelina Nikonova
Country of production
Russia
Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
105'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Portret v sumerkakh
Language
Russian
Producers
Angelina Nikonova, Olga Dihovichnaya, Leonid Ogaryov
Production Company
Baraban Films
Sales
Rezo Films
Screenplay
Olga Dihovichnaya, Angelina Nikonova
Cinematography
Eben Bull
Editor
Elena Afanasyeva
Production Design
Oleg Fedikhin
Sound Design
Andrea Feuser
Cast
Olga Dihovichnaya, Sergei Borisov
Website
http://rezofilms.com/world-sales/twilight-portrait