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Natalia, a nun from a remote Russian monastery, comes to Moscow 17 years after the terrorist attack in Dubrovka Theatre. She was sent there to organise a memorial evening for the victims of the attack that happened in October 2002. We soon learn that Natalia and her family were witnesses of the attack. Almost forgotten now by the outside world, the organisers and participants of the memorial evening or the Conference (as they were asked to call it officially) are made to feel like a burden by the rest of the society. Following the chronology of the events as told by a few participants in the memorial evening we learn the dark details of Natalia’s personal story.

Director's Statement

CONFERENCE is the story of one fragile family against the backdrop of one of the major tragedies of the 21st century in Russian history. The film is an attempt to create a cinematic reflection of the tragic events that begins as a private family story but goes beyond that. Exploring the nature of fear is my main focus in the film. The protagonist, Natasha, seems to take the participants of the memorial evening hostages, again, in order to remember and re-live in detail that terrible moment of her life. Will she, and will we, overcome fear and find a way to move on?

Director's Biography

Ivan I. Tverdovskiy is a Russian writer/director who was born in Moscow on 29 December 1988 and graduated from the State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK, Moscow), workshop by Alexei Uchitel. CONFERENCE is his fourth film.

2018 - JUMPMAN
2016 - ZOOLOGY

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ivan Tverdovskiy

Written by: Ivan Tverdovskiy

Produced by: Katerina Mikhaylova, Konstantin Fam, Egor Odintsov

Cinematography: Fedor Glazachev

Editing: Ivan Tverdovskiy

Production Design: Vanya Bouden

Costume Design: Lena Litvinuk

Make-Up & Hair: Anastasiya Haretdinova

Original Score: Sten Sheripov

Sound: Horret Kuus

Visual Effects: Hendrik Proosa, Jan Viljus

Main Cast: Natalya Pavlenkova (Natasha), Ksenia Zueva (Galya), Aleksandr Semchev (Oleg), Olga Lapshina (Sveta)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2021