Alyona VAN DER HORST
Алёна ВАН ДЕР ХОРСТ
Aliona VAN DER HORST
Russia / Netherlands, 2008, 60mn 
documentary
Boris Ryzhiy
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Борис Рыжий

 

 Boris Ryji

 Boris Ryzhiy

 
Directed by : Alyona VAN DER HORST (Алёна ВАН ДЕР ХОРСТ)
Writing credits : Alyona VAN DER HORST (Алёна ВАН ДЕР ХОРСТ)
Production : Zeppers Films, VPRO TV NETHERLANDS
Contact : Zeppers Films & TV : http://www.zeppers.nl
Joh. Verhulsstr 174, Amsterdam Tel. +31 20 6758594
 

Plot synopsis
The Russian poet Boris Ryzhy was handsome, talented and famous. So why did he take his own life at the age of 26? A quest to find the answer takes the filmmaker to the criminal neighbourhood in the cold industrial city of Yekaterinenburg where Boris grew up. Through conversations with family and friends, she pieces together a picture of passionate and complex life of the poet. What emerges is a penetrating portrait of the perestroika generation, who lost all certainties, becoming a generation of criminals and bodyguards. Above all, it is a haunting film about Boris'love for life. Through his poems, pain is transformed into grace. Cinematography: Maasja Ooms. In co-production with VPRO. Broadcast May 1st.
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival : IDFA, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2012
- National Documentary Awards : Laurel, Moscow (Russia), 2009