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Ella MANZHEEVA
Элла МАНЖЕЕВА
Ella MANJEEVA
 
Russia, 2015, 87 mn 
fiction

The Gulls

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Чайки

 

 Les Mouettes

 Chaiki


 
Directed by : Ella MANZHEEVA (Элла МАНЖЕЕВА)
Writing credits : Ella MANZHEEVA (Элла МАНЖЕЕВА)
 
Cast
Yevgeniya MANDZHIEVA (Евгения МАНДЖИЕВА)
Sergey ADIANOV (Сергей АДЬЯНОВ)
Yevgeni SANGADZHIEV (Евгений САНГАДЖИЕВ)
Liubov UBUSHIEVA (Любовь УБУШИЕВА)
 
Cinematography : Aleksandr KUZNETSOV (6) (Александр КУЗНЕЦОВ (6))
Production design : Denis BAUER (Денис БАУЭР)
Music : Anton SILAYEV (Антон СИЛАЕВ)
Editing : Sergey IVANOV (2) (Сергей ИВАНОВ (2))
Produced by : Yelena GLIKMAN (Елена ГЛИКМАН), Yaroslav JIVOV (Ярослав ЖИВОВ )
Production : Кинокомпания "Ладья". Compagnie cinématographique "Ladia"
Release date in Russia : 27/10/2015
 

Awards :
Best first film Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2015
Special Prize International Human Rights Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2015

Plot synopsis
Elza lives in a small town in the Republic of Kalmykia on the Caspian Sea. Another year comes to an end, it’s cold and the steppe is covered in a thin layer of snow. When her husband, who makes a living from illegal fishing, asks her one night what she did during the day, she lies. She wasn’t at her mother’s, but at the bus stop. She thought of leaving – to find out what it might be to escape the infinite expanse of her dreary small world. But she didn’t dare; instead she stays and withdraws into herself, unconcerned by who might see. One day, her husband doesn’t return from a dangerous boat trip. It is said that a fisherman only returns if he has a woman waiting for him and that seagulls are the souls of the missing. At the start of a somewhat unplanned pregnancy, widowed and alone, Elza wanders ever further through the city, plotting a path between tradition and the contemporary until she’s no longer on familiar ground. In her debut film, Ella Manzheeva gains access to Elza’s inner life through the lens of landscapes, living rooms, offices, corridors and roads. In Chaiki, Kalmykia is not a backdrop but a state of mind.
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Tromso International Film Festival : TIFF, Tromso (Norway), 2016
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2016
- Göteborg International Film Festival, Göteborg (Sweden), 2016
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2015
- Russian Film Week in Paris : Regards de Russie, Paris (France), 2015
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 2015
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2015
- International Human Rights Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2015
- Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh (United Kingdom), 2015


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