GROZNY BLUES follows a few people around Grozny, the capital of war-torn Chechnya where daily life is defined by political repression, constricting customs, forced Islamification and the failure to come to terms with recent history. The film revolves around four women who have been fighting for human rights under worsening conditions for many years but get more and more disillusioned with the situation in Putin’s Russia. The building where they work is also home to a Blues Club that is frequented by a group of young people. Having only vague memories of the Chechen wars in the 90s, they try to make sense of the strange things that are happening in their country. In linking the personal and intimate to the political, Nicola Bellucci shows in a dramatic and yet very poetic way what it means to live in a divided society that navigates a no-man’s land between war and peace, repression and freedom, archaic traditions and modern life.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Nicola Bellucci

Written by: Nicola Bellucci, Lucia Sgueglia

Produced by: Frank Matter

Cinematography: Simon Guy Fässler

Editing: Anja Bombelli

Original Score: Bruno Franceschini, Valerio Vilar

Sound Design: Pedro Haldemann, Oliver JeanRichard

Nominations and Awards

  • Documentary Selection 2015