The North Wind

  • 122'
  • Russia
  • 2021

The matriarchal clan led by gorgeous Margarita (Renata Litvinova) enters a turbulent period when her son loses his beloved fiancée. Using the structure of a repetitive ritual, the action spans years but takes place mostly during the annual gatherings of Margarita’s extraordinary family in their mansion on New Year’s Eve. Margarita believes in the magical 13th hour that can break the eternal circle of repetition, defeat death and bring her much-awaited love.

The North Wind is an artistic tour de force by cult actress, scriptwriter and filmmaker Renata Litvinova. A romantic, baroque and decadent gothic fairytale, it is full of fantastic characters, peculiar objects and exuberant clothes, as well as myriad oddities and surprises. Echoing legendary makers of Russian cinematic extravaganza Kira Muratova and Rustam Khamdamov, Litvinova creates a unique universe in which the mind-blowing set and visual design serves as an entrance to a penetrating reflection on love and (female) fate.

Director
Renata Litvinova
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
122'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Severnyy veter
Language
Russian
Producer
Nadia Solovieva
Production Company
Foundation for support and development of cinematography « Zapredelie »
Sales
All Media Company
Screenplay
Renata Litvinova
Cinematography
Oleg Lukichev
Editor
Sergey Ivanov
Production Design
Nadezhda Vesilyeva, Nina Vasenina, Sergey Fevralev
Sound Design
Dmitry Emelyanov
Music
Zemfira Ramazanova
Cast
Renata Litvinova, Anton Shagin, Sofia Ernst, Galina Tyunina, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Uliana Dobrovskaya
Website
https://en.thenorthwindfilm.com/