Russia, 2020, 118mn 
Blokadnyy dnevnik
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Блокадный дневник


 A siege diary

 Journal du blocus

Directed by : Andrei ZAYTSEV (Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ)
Writing credits : Andrei ZAYTSEV (Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ)
Sergey DREYDEN (Сергей ДРЕЙДЕН) ...the Olga's father
Aleksandra GRANINA (Александра ГРАНИНА) ...Child Olga
Vasilina MAKOVTSEVA (Василина МАКОВЦЕВА) ...Liuba
Cinematography : Irina URALSKAYA (Ирина УРАЛЬСКАЯ)
Production design : Yekaterina KHIMICHEVA (Екатерина ХИМИЧЕВА), Iraida SHULTS (Ираида ШУЛЬЦ)
Sound : Ivo HEGER (Иво ХЕГЕР)
Editing : Andrei ZAYTSEV (Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ)
Produced by : Andrei ZAYTSEV (Андрей ЗАЙЦЕВ)
Companies : Киностудия «Сентябрь», при поддержке Министерства культуры РФ,Фонда кино, МТС Медиа / Studio "Septembre" avec le soutien du Ministère de la Culture de la Fédération de Russie et de la Fondation pour le cinéma, MTS Média
Site : IMDb

Awards :
Best film Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2021
Best actress Olga OZOLLAPINYA , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2021
Best Screenplay Andrei ZAYTSEV , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2021
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Sergey DREYDEN , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2021
Best Cinematography "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2021
First prize Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2020
Best Cinematography Irina URALSKAYA , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2020

Plot synopsis
The film tells about the longest and the most severe siege in the whole history of mankind. World War II. In autumn 1941 the German troops completely surrounded one of the biggest Russian cities – Leningrad. 2,5 million civilians got trapped in the city. The German commandment decided not to storm Leningrad to avoid unnecessary losses.This film tells about the most difficult first winter of the siege, winter of 1941-1942. Severe frost, minus 30 degrees, extreme cold, no water supply and electricity, no public transport as the city was snowed in and paralyzed. Almost no pedestrians in the streets. A young woman Olga is walking through the whole city to her father. She has just buried her husband and is sure she is going to die soon out of hunger. Olga wants to see her father one last time to say goodbye and to ask for his forgiveness. This film is a blockade Odyssey where the audience together with the protagonist cross the whole city meeting different people on her way, facing difficulties and witnessing the state in which Leningrad and its residents found themselves. Undergoing unimaginable ordeals, Olga does manage to reach her father and after a conversation with him she understands that she is going to live on. This long way to death in the end turns for her into a return to life.

Andrei Zaitsev: A Siege Diary (Blokadnyi dnevnik, 2020), Tim HARTE, Kinokultura, 2021

Selected in the following festivals :
- Beijing's First Ever International Film Festival, Beijing (China), 2021
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2021
- International Film Festival Tarkovski, Ivanovo (Russia), 2021
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2021
- International Festival of Muslim Cinema, Kazan (Russia), 2021
- Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2021
- Cairo International Film Festival, Cairo (Egypt), 2020
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2020
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2020
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2020