Dmitry BOGOLYUBOV
Дмитрий БОГОЛЮБОВ
Dmitri BOGOLIOUBOV
Russia, 2019, 82mn 
documentary
Uezdnyy gorod E.
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Уездный город Е.

 

 Town of glory

 La Petite Ville de E.

 
Directed by : Dmitry BOGOLYUBOV (Дмитрий БОГОЛЮБОВ)
Writing credits : Dmitry BOGOLYUBOV (Дмитрий БОГОЛЮБОВ), Anna SHISHOVA / BOGOLYUBOVA (Анна ШИШОВА / БОГОЛЮБОВА)
Cinematography : Dmitry BOGOLYUBOV (Дмитрий БОГОЛЮБОВ)
Produced by : Vladislav KETKOVICH (Владислав КЕТКОВИЧ)
Companies : Фонд этногеографических исследований, Саксония Энтертейнмент, Хипермаркет фильм / Ethnofund, Saxonia Entertainment, Hypermarket Film
 

Plot synopsis
Nothing interesting happens in the small town of Yelnya on Russia’s western edge. The locals are leaving en masse and those who stay have few joys in life. One is the victory over fascism. At the start of the war Stalin allowed the town be symbolically freed – at the cost of enormous loss of life – so as to inspire hope in his people and strengthen the spirit of heroism. Emerging documentarist Dmitry Bogolubov’s personally tinged film tracks two local patriots and their families for three years. Teen-age Masha attends nationalist meetings, singing the praises of long-dead fallen heroes, ageing Sergei digs up their bones and secretly dreams of a change in the situation. Through them the film shows how the unhealed wartime trauma infiltrates generations, forming the social life of ordinary Russians and, with the help of political propaganda, gradually changes into hate towards the current “fascist” West.
https://www.oneworld.cz/
 

commentaries
Un cinéaste russe [Dmitri BOGOLIOUBOV], critique de Poutine, fuit Moscou pour Israël, Renée GHERT-ZAND, fr.timesofisrael.com, 2022
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava (Czech Republic), 2021
- "Jeden Svët" International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World, Prague (Czech Republic), 2020
- National Documentary Awards : Laurel, Moscow (Russia), 2019
- International Art Documentary Film Festival "Artdocfest", Moscow (Russia), 2019

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