Yefim GRABOY
Ефим ГРАБОЙ
Efim GRABOÏ
Russia / Israel, 2020, 89mn 
documentary
Voyna Rai Sinitsinoy
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Война Раи Синициной

 

 The War of Raya Sinitsina

 La Guerre de Raia Sinitsina

 
Directed by : Yefim GRABOY (Ефим ГРАБОЙ)
Writing credits : Yefim GRABOY (Ефим ГРАБОЙ)
Cinematography : Yefim GRABOY (Ефим ГРАБОЙ)
Editing : Yefim GRABOY (Ефим ГРАБОЙ)
Produced by : Yefim GRABOY (Ефим ГРАБОЙ)
 

Plot synopsis
A young filmmaker meets and follows Raya, a 94-year-old Soviet war heroine who fought in the Siege of Leningrad. During the filming, the heroes are immersed in a spiritual process that awakens a young woman in her. A film about war and losses becomes a story of love and friendship.
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commentaries
 
A young filmmaker meets and follows Raya, a 94-year-old Soviet war heroine who fought in the Siege of Leningrad. As Head of the World War II Disabled Veterans Club in her city, she introduces him to a vanishing generation in Israel. Her own fighting spirit and willpower are still fierce. As Raya faces the loss of her last comrades and her health deteriorates, the two become involved in a spiritual process that awakens the young woman within her; Through her eyes and dreams, they create their own reality in which time and age lose all meaning. Their growing closeness transforms a film about war and loss into a mystical story of love and friendship.

Selected in the following festivals :
- FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema, Cottbus (Germany), 2021
- International Documentary Film Festival "Flahertiana", Perm (Russia), 2021
- DOKer. Moscow International Documentary Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2021