The film depicts people of faith undergoing Orthodox Christian rituals. The rituals take place during Orthodox festivals dedicated to episodes from the life of Jesus Christ: the Nativity, the Epiphany, the Resurrection, the Transfiguration and the Ascension.
Lightning manifests the Advent of the Holy Spiritâ€”the birth of the Church from the veil of rain. The service of the Nativity unfolds in the Church; the children are the only ones who do not participate in it. According to the Orthodox religion, during baptism, the individual dies to his sensual life and is reborn from the Holy Spirit into a spiritual life. In the Slavic tradition, complete silence must be observed when the Holy Water is collected and conveyed into the home. The candle is lit and its flame is maintained during the Easter holiday as a symbol of the â€œTrue Lightâ€. The long line of pilgrims retraces the journey of the Virgin Mary to the adoration of the body of Christ. The faithful venerate the Holy Relics in the hope of their own transfiguration and ascension.
The juxtaposition of metaphors and documentary footage evokes the journey of the faithful to the central doctrine of Christian faith in resurrection of the soul.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
DIRECTORâ€™S BIOGRAPHY and FILMOGRAPHY
Born in Moscow in 1982. Professional athlete, figure skater. Competitor at World and European Championships. Graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Culture as a director of theatrical performances (2004), worked as ballet dancer at Â«The Igor Bobrin Theatre of Miniatures on IceÂ». Graduated from the Higher Courses of Film Writers & Directors (2008). Directed several documentaries that got acclaimed.
Nominated for National Cinema Award â€œNikaâ€ in 2011. Winner of more than 20 major awards at various European and international documentary film festivals. Film "Tomorrow" (history of art group â€œVoinaâ€ / â€œWarâ€) participated at the Berlin Film Festival (Forum, 2013). In 2012, Andrey was nominated for the Sutherland Award for best directorial debut at the 56th BFI London Film Festival. In 2014, co-authored with the laureate Cannes Oleg Negin wrote a script for a full-length film â€œMarch.April.Mayâ€.