Andrei ZAYTSEV
Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ
Andreï ZAITSEV
Russia, 2020, 118mn 
fiction
Blokadnyy dnevnik
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Блокадный дневник

 

 A siege diary

 Journal du blocus

 
Directed by : Andrei ZAYTSEV (Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ)
Writing credits : Andrei ZAYTSEV (Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ)
 
Cast
Olga OZOLLAPINYA (Ольга ОЗОЛЛАПИНЯ) ...Olga
Sergey DREYDEN (Сергей ДРЕЙДЕН) ...the Olga's father
Aleksandra GRANINA (Александра ГРАНИНА) ...Child Olga
Vasilina MAKOVTSEVA (Василина МАКОВЦЕВА) ...Liuba
Polina FILONENKO (Полина ФИЛОНЕНКО)
Daria RUMYANTSEVA (Дарья РУМЯНЦЕВА)
Andrei SHIBARSHIN (Андрей ШИБАРШИН)
 
Cinematography : Irina URALSKAYA (Ирина УРАЛЬСКАЯ)
Production design : Yekaterina KHIMICHEVA (Екатерина ХИМИЧЕВА), Iraida SHULTS (Ираида ШУЛЬЦ)
Sound : Ivo HEGER (Иво ХЕГЕР)
Editing : Andrei ZAYTSEV (Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ)
Produced by : Andrei ZAYTSEV (Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ)
Companies : Киностудия «Сентябрь», при поддержке Министерства культуры РФ,Фонда кино, МТС Медиа / Studio "Septembre" avec le soutien du Ministère de la Culture de la Fédération de Russie et de la Fondation pour le cinéma, MTS Média
 

Awards :
First prize Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2020

Plot synopsis
The film tells about the longest and the most severe siege in the whole history of mankind. World War II. In autumn 1941 the German troops completely surrounded one of the biggest Russian cities – Leningrad. 2,5 million civilians got trapped in the city. The German commandment decided not to storm Leningrad to avoid unnecessary losses.This film tells about the most difficult first winter of the siege, winter of 1941-1942. Severe frost, minus 30 degrees, extreme cold, no water supply and electricity, no public transport as the city was snowed in and paralyzed. Almost no pedestrians in the streets. A young woman Olga is walking through the whole city to her father. She has just buried her husband and is sure she is going to die soon out of hunger. Olga wants to see her father one last time to say goodbye and to ask for his forgiveness. This film is a blockade Odyssey where the audience together with the protagonist cross the whole city meeting different people on her way, facing difficulties and witnessing the state in which Leningrad and its residents found themselves. Undergoing unimaginable ordeals, Olga does manage to reach her father and after a conversation with him she understands that she is going to live on. This long way to death in the end turns for her into a return to life.
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Selected in the following festivals :
- Cairo International Film Festival, Cairo (Egypt), 2020
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2020
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2020
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2020