Anastasia NOVIKOVA
Анастасия НОВИКОВА
Anastassia NOVIKOVA
Russia, 2015, 21mn 
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 The conversation

 La conversation

Directed by : Anastasia NOVIKOVA (Анастасия НОВИКОВА)
Writing credits : Anastasia NOVIKOVA (Анастасия НОВИКОВА)
Produced by : Aleksandr GUTMAN (Александр ГУТМАН)

Plot synopsis
Deep in the Russian countryside, an old man awaits a phone call from his wife. When a mischievous cat makes a sudden appearance, the man is drawn towards dusty relics of his past. With wry humour and exquisite compositions, The Conversation is a sublime meditation on love, loneliness and the inexorable passage of time.
Source :

Valentin Stepanovich is the only resident of a settlement of bog cutters located in picturesque, provincial Russia. Since his wife Klavdia had to go to hospital in the city the man has been accompanied only by a black cat. Surrounded by old photographs, motionless souvenirs and items left by the woman, the old man is waiting for her phone call. Days pass by slowly and time seems to be standing still. Stylish from the formal perspective, Novikova’s documentary is a story about love, longing and great human attachment.

Selected in the following festivals :
- Hot Docs. Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto (Canada), 2015
- International Leipzig Festival for documentary and animated film, Leipzig (Germany), 2015
- Krakow Film Festival, Krakow (Poland), 2015
- DOCUMENTAMADRID, Madrid (Spain), 2015