Andrei SILVESTROV
Андрей СИЛЬВЕСТРОВ
Andreï SILVESTROV
Russia, 2017, full length film 
fiction
Prorub
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Прорубь

 

 Ice Hole

 Le Trou dans la glace

 
Directed by : Andrei SILVESTROV (Андрей СИЛЬВЕСТРОВ)
 
Cast
Yelena NOVIKOVA (Елена НОВИКОВА)
Andrei RODIONOV (Андрей РОДИОНОВ)
Ksenia ORLOVA (Ксения ОРЛОВА )
Dmitry BRUSNIKIN (Дмитрий БРУСНИКИН)
Mikhail YEFREMOV (Михаил ЕФРЕМОВ)
Denis KATAEV (Денис КАТАЕВ)
Anna MONGAYT (Анна МОНГАЙТ)
Denis YASIK (Денис ЯСИК)
 
Produced by : Vadim BOGDANOV (Вадим БОГДАНОВ), Tikhon PENDIURIN (Тихон ПЕНДЮРИН), Andrei SILVESTROV (Андрей СИЛЬВЕСТРОВ)
Companies : Лига экспериментального кино, Космосфильм, Кинокомпания «ЭЛИКСИР» / Ligue de cinéma expérimental, Cosmosfilm, Société "Elixir"
 

Note :
The film takes place during one day – the day of an orthodox baptism. On this day as a tradition many religious Russians dive into the ice cold water of the ice-hole. News channels are actively covering these events. The film characters are the Oligarch, Artist, Russian President and Drunkard. Each one of them becomes a figure for TV reports: the President is trying to find out about the future of Russian Federation from the Pike, the Artist is searching for fame, the Oligarch is trying to hide his money in the ice-hole and the Alcoholic is searching for his missing wife. In the modern world TV has been replaced by reality itself. Viewers believe the television and reject the reality that surrounds them. In every home there is a TV-set – in which they dive into the ice-hole of virtual reality. Broadcasters and reporters, heroes and commentators are all talking in verse; this lays emphasis on the absolute absurdity of the events. This film is an ironical portrait of the modern world.

Plot synopsis
All day long the TV shows an ice-hole. Ice-holes are the theme of the day, a winter tradition that unites believers and sportsmen, stars and walruses, the president and the unemployed. In the centre of the news reports are the topics of Baptism, fishing and the criminal chronicle. The president and a pike, the artist and the critics, the oligarch and the law enforcement team — they all meet at an ice-hole in search of solutions for their problems. The jobless Muscovite, with bad habits, dives down an ice-hole for a wife, just like Sadko. The fairy-tale plots intertwine with documentary context, and it is no longer clear where reality ends. Remember Nietzsche: if you long gaze into the abyss, the abyss will also gaze into you.
http://www.kinotavr.ru/
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2017