РАЗЖИМАЯ КУЛАКИ (RAZZHIMAYA KULAKI)
For me the idea of freedom as a burden became the most important idea while I was working on this film.
When I was contemplating this concept my thoughts inevitably led me to thinking about the burden of memory and how the two are connected with each other. Can a person be truly free from memory and survive?
I looked deep into my own memories, trying to analyse my own burden and found that it contained an event that fractured and traumatised me and many people I know. This is how this story was born, a story about characters who survived this event and who, years afterwards, are trying to cope with trauma.
They live in a world that is still injured by this catastrophe. They are fractured inside and this trauma affects and changes all relationships inside their families. An effort to forget becomes an act of violence against a person’s will and paradoxically this violence is born from love.
My characters live in an old mining town high in the mountains of North Ossetia. The mines are no longer operational and time has stopped here. Here high-rises stand silently behind high walls as if this is the place where you can hide something, save something, imprison something.
2021 - UNCLENCHING THE FISTS
2016 - SOFICHKA
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Kira Kovalenko
Written by: Kira Kovalenko, Anton Yarush, Lubov Mulmenko
Produced by: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov
Cinematography: Pavel Fomintsev
Editing: Mukharam Kabulova
Production Design: Sergey Zaikov
Costume Design: Asya Belova
Make-Up & Hair: Anna Esmont
Sound: Rostislav Alimov
Cast: Milana Aguzarova (Ada)
Nominations and Awards
- European Editing 2021
- Feature Film Selection 2021