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Marina VRODA
Марина ВРОДА
Marina VRODA
France / Ukraina, 2011, 15 mn 
Colour, fiction

Cross-Country Run

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Directed by : Marina VRODA (Марина ВРОДА)
Writing credits : Marina VRODA (Марина ВРОДА)
Produced by : Marina VRODA (Марина ВРОДА)
Other persons :
Camera : Volodumur IVANOV
Design : Ivan ORLENKO
Sound : Maria NESTERENKO
Cast : Alexander KOVAL, Egor AGARKOV, Valeria BOGDANOVA, Maria SODOL
Producers Florence KELLER, Kevin ORR
Production : LES 3 LIGNES
Distribution : “Salvador D”

Awards :
Palme d'Or - Short Film, festival de Cannes, 2011

Plot synopsis
First, a boy is forced to run. Then He runs on his own. And then He watches how another one runs.

Commentaries and bibliography
“Everything is written. The birth of a human being, his life, his death are not a matter of willpower. He moves from point A to point B while simultaneously making an inner effort in order to develop his inner movement. What I am interested in is precisely this process of inner movement throughout life.
I know it is endless whereas life is only given to us for a limited time. My intention was to try and capture this inner process. There is a key moment in the movie : we distractedly observe a scene at the beach, people are in harmony with nature and with their own selves. At that precise moment, they pass on their experience and love to the ones who are right next to them. A boy is playing in the water, then he joins his mother and sits next to her on the lake bank, two women are talking under an umbrella, two lovers are smiling and touching each other lightly; friends are playing cards, boys and girls are flirting; children are building sand castles. And a boy is looking at another one running inside a ball… “The bravest” is now the one who is observing the scene.
Is it more important to live or to observe life? I’d love to think that in this movie, reality creates poetry.” Maryna Vroda, Festival de Cannes, 2011

Selected in the following festivals :
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2011
- Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia "Kinoshock", Anapa (Russia), 2011
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2011

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