Grand Prix du meilleur premier film au Festival Littérature et Cinéma de Gatchina, 2007
Mystical drama. Parable.
A long time ago the heavens were lower and God spoke to the
people through miracles and signs. The thirst for a miracle
remains latent in every man. The filmís hero Fiodor witnesses
an accident, as a result of which those close to him perish.
He decides that he was saved for a reason and that he must
now change his life. Living alone in the forest, in a deserted
pill-box from the war, he tries to live in the manner of
orthodox eremites, exhausting himself in prayers and fasting,
without experiencing a revelation. At last Fiodor finds a
companion in this new world: father Illarion. The eremite
finds hope. But father Illarion is killed in a ridiculous and
senseless way. After deep despair Fiodor returns to the world
and experiences love and jealousy, hatred and fear. Only
when he goes right to the brink of the abyss, deciding to kill
himself, he witnesses a miracle.
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