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Awakeness ("Probuzhdenie")



Russia, 2006, 35 mm - Color - 88

DIRECTED BY:
Stanislav Lebedev

CAST:
Valja Zeyfer, Yury Kuznetsov, Era Ziganshina, Svetlana Pismichenko, Alexandra Kulikova

SCREENPLAY:
Konstantin S.

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Sergey Lando

EDITING:
Leda Semenova

SET DESIGN:
Vladimir Svetozarov

COSTUME DESIGN:
Marina Nikolaeva

MUSIC:
Leonid Sendersky

SOUND:
Igor Terekhov

PRODUCER:
Andrey Zertsalov, Olga Agrafenina

PRODUCTION:
Tatiyana Nikolaenkova

WORLD SALES:
"Lenfilm" studios

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Sergey, a 13 years old boy lives with his Grandpa in 1990s. He doesn’t remember his parents and lives with his invalid grandfather who stays in his wheel chair. Sergey has a dream to learn to tap-dance. At the daytime he works at a market, he carries goods, sweeps and washes. Although he doesn’t earn a lot, the grandfather is proud of him, because grandson earns his money in an honest way. He appreciates his grandson’s self-dependency and trusts him. Sergey is in love with Tanya, a prostitute whom he sees every day at the market. At the evenings the boy locks himself up in his room and learns to dance hard. Peace and harmony prevail in the house. But the outer world is different, and Sergey’s self-dependency and honesty are being doubted there. It hurts him. At the entrance exam at a dance school he bewilders and fails. The next disaster, his grandfather’s death, makes him flee from home and join a homeless children’s company. They live in a ruined house, they steal and are ready to do anything for a piece of food. But grandfather’s lessons weren’t lost for Sergey. After living through the first severe pain Sergey realizes that thus he betrays the memory of his grandfather. The boy returns home and gets back to work again. The last time we see him tap-dancing. He is putting into this dance all his pain and wish to live honestly and be trusted.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Stanislav Lebedev Born in 1964 in Kaliningrad 1985 – Graduated from Leningrad Electro-Technical University. Moved to Kiev, where he worked as chief of a shaft workshop. Finished PHD in Kiev Engineering Institute (faculty of economics). From 1990 to 2000 made business (worked-out the first factory in Russia that corresponded EU sanitary standarts). 2002 – 2004 – Supreme courses of directors and script-writers. During his study he produced a performance based on Chekhov’s story. Prize-winner.Filmography: “Up and down” (short) “Kholodno,kholodno” (“It’s cold, it’s cold”) (short) “Menty” (“Cops”) (serial, 2004) “Awakeness” (2006)

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