Artdocfest is the largest international festival of auteur documentary films in the Russian language, taking place in Russia.
The venues of the festival showings are: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Riga (Latvia), Yekaterinburg and, from now on, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.Only new Russian films can participate in the festival selection program, and out-of-selection programs include the brightest amateur films from all over the world.
Artdocfest: Selected Program
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Director: Tatjana Božić
It's a wonderful example of an I-film, which is a motion-picture about the author himself.
When its director, Tatjana Božić, realized that her relationship with a boyfriend was going to reach a stalemate, she had the heart to start a big trip in order to meet five of her ex-boyfriends in Moscow, Hamburg, London and Zagreb; to find out finally why all her sincere and passionate relationships inevitably ended up with a split-up drama. Meanwhile another man, possibly the most important in her life, is to appear in the offing. But he is just awaiting to be born…
HONOR THY FATHER AND... THY MOTHER! / .כבדאתאביךואתאמך, בלאט /
Director: Alexandra Rachmilewitz
Though being grown-ups, they felt orphaned after their father's death. Their farther brought them up, but they always missed their mother. So, now two Israeli sisters invite their mother to Israel from Ukraine. For the kindred must come together. However, the long way of becoming a family is going to be much more difficult than it seemed to be, as they are relatives only by birth…
GRUMANT. THE COMMUNISM ISLAND
Point of View
Author and director: Ivan S. Tverdovskiy
Camera operators: Ivan Alferov, Evgeny Kokusev, Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, Aleks Mikeladze
Music by Evgeny Kadminskiy
Spitsbergen archipelago, discovered by Willem Barentsz in 1596 and having appeared in Russian maps under the name of Saint Russian Islands almost at the same time, was recognized as Norwegian territory in 1920. 46 countries were granted non-discriminatory rights to fishing, hunting and mineral resources under the Svalbard Treaty, however only Russia uses this privilege today. Russians even have their settlement on the island, Barentsburg, which tourists call The Communism Island. It is occupied by rotation workers, coming here in search of big money.
Screenwriter: Olga Polevikova
Directors: Ruslan Fedotov, Aleksandra Kulak
Camera operators: Ruslan Fedotov, Aleksandra Kulak
Producer: Pavel Karykhalin
Salamanca looks like it froze in time two hundred years ago, at the moment when the first mennonites came to Mexico in search of their own place on Earth. Everything here is predestined, and the descendants's life copies the life of their ancestors. Everything personal is just a part of the clan's history, and a person's story tells us the story of any other one. While the main character of the film is recollecting the memories of his childhood and is trying to find the answer to the most important question of his life, time in Salamanca is flowing leisurely, with days, months and years passing by.
Marina Razbezhkina's Workshop
Screenwriter and director: Denis Shabaev
Camera operator: Denis Shabaev
Producer: Marina Razbezhkina
Farrukh is a migrant worker. Together with his parents and brothers, he lives in New Moscow and takes on any job that is paid even a little. But this is not what he left Tajikistan for, having left his wife and little kids waiting for him there. Farrukh is an actor by profession, and in Russia he wants to work as an actor and to become really famous…
www.artdocfest.ru: the largest data base of the best documentary films from all over the world in the Russian language and about Russia; electronic catalogue containing information on over a thousand films.
online showings of films, restricted in Russia because of political censorship; online showings with the number of tickets limited by the number of seats in a real auditorium as the only way for a topical film to communicatt with its Russian audience.
The President of Artdocfest Festival is Vitaly Manskiy