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Crimea is ours



Russia, 2017, HD - Color - 10

DIRECTED BY:
Michael Borodin

CAST:
Alexander Novikov, Adelina Sementina, Ivan Kopilov, Yana Kaptsova, Ekaterina Lubimova, Zarif Ochilov

SCREENPLAY:
Michael Borodin

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Ivan Solomatin

EDITING:
Michail Drugov, Zarif Ochilov

MUSIC:
Alexey Polyakov

SOUND:
Danil Zhuravlev

PRODUCER:
Maria Lobanova

STORY DESCRIPTION:

A few hours before the wedding, a provincial girl Valya puts on her wedding dress. Her friend Olya helps her get ready. They are waiting for the fiancé and the best man, while those two buying flowers. Instead of the fiancé, a woman with a gun comes into the house. She kills the cat, shoots the bridesmaid and knocks the fiancée out with a butt stroke to her head. The best man is sitting in the car and waiting while the fiancé forces the flower seller to repay his debts. When the fiancé and the best man finally come to the fiancée, the best man stays outside to decorate the car, while the fiancé goes to the apartment. The woman with the gun meets him there. She used to be his fellow soldier. She wants to take vengeance on the fiancé for the dead comrades-in-arms whom the fiancé betrayed in the height of resistance. Everyone except her died in that battle. Now she is going to kill the fiancée in the face of the fiancé. The fiancée regains conscience and sticks scissors into the woman’s neck. The woman shoots by accidence, killing the fiancé. The best man goes to the apartment and sees the consequences of the massacre. Without a moment's thought, he takes money and wedding rings from the fiancé’s pockets, bowls with salads, and takes Valya away as his fiancée.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

It’s a movie about Russia snatching Crimea, about war entering a post-soviet concrete-paneled five-storey apartment block. Being one of my favorite plays, “ The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh became an inspiration and a starting point for this script. Since the Soviet Union collapsed, war has never ended on its former territories. Different areas, various reasons but the outcome stays the same — the innocent are dying. I wanted to condense one of those stories in a brief format. Crude language of Russian daytime TV shows and video blogs was used to add realism and simplicity to the story. The title came to me when I was editing: that was the moment I realized what the movie was about. Knots tied by a dictator will often take multiple lifetimes to untangle and annexation of Crimea was one such decisions.

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