Владимир МУНКУЕВ
Russia (Yakutia), 2021, 107mn 
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Directed by : Vladimir MUNKUYEV (Владимир МУНКУЕВ)
Writing credits : Vladimir MUNKUYEV (Владимир МУНКУЕВ)
Sergey GILEV (Сергей ГИЛЕВ) ...Kostya
Pavel KOLESOV (Павел КОЛЕСОВ) ...Khabzhiy
Irina_2 MIKHAYLOVA (Ирина_2 МИХАЙЛОВА) ...Keremes
Innokenti LUKOVTSEV (Иннокентий ЛУКОВЦЕВ)
Cinematography : Denis KLEBLEYEV (Денис КЛЕБЛЕЕВ)
Production design : Roman ARUTIUNYAN (Роман АРУТЮНЯН), Yekaterina SHAPOVNIKOVA (Екатерина ШАПОВНИКОВА)
Produced by : Boris KHLEBNIKOV (Борис ХЛЕБНИКОВ), Yevgeni NIKISHOV (Евгений НИКИШОВ), Aleksandr PLOTNIKOV (Александр ПЛОТНИКОВ)
Production : Лук-фильм / Look Film; Place of Power
Release date in Russia : 01/09/2021
Site : imdb.com

Plot synopsis
Based on the Hailak short story and other works by Polish writer with experience of Siberian exile Waclaw Sieroszewski, the plot revolves around the poor Yakut peasant couple Khabdzhiy and Keremes struggling to survive in the taiga area of the most remote East corner of the Russian Empire at the end of XIX century. After the death of the second newborn child both young man and woman obediently get back to their chores to make it through another day and get ready for a lengthy and exhausting winter. The local Yakut ruler orders the family to admit to their house the Russian political convict Konstantin and keep him till further notice. The worlds of the family and the Russian unwelcome guest are colliding from the first days due to completely polar backgrounds. Despite the mutual challenge of the household against surrounding wild nature, Konstantin gradually settles in and claims the position of master of the house.

Commentaries and bibliography
Vladimir Munkuev’s Nuuccha (Sakha, 2021), Elena MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL, Kinokultura, 2022
Set in the late 19th century, Nuuccha (Yakut for “Russian”) was inspired by the writings of Polish author Wacław Sieroszewski, who became acquainted with Yakut culture and traditions during his years in Siberian exile. This evocative drama by debuting director Vladimir Munkuev is a striking example of lesser known Yakut cinema, while it also contributes significantly to the debate on the impact of colonisation and forced assimilation within tsarist Russia.

Selected in the following festivals :
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2022
- Tromso International Film Festival : TIFF, Tromso (Norway), 2022
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2021
- Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival : PÖFF, Tallinn (Estonia), 2021
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2021
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2021