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OVSYANKI

Silent Souls

Aleksei Fedorchenko
Russland, 2010
Fiction, 75min, OmeU

OVSYANKI

Aleksei Fedorchenko
Russland, 2010
Fiction, 75min, OmeU

Cast: 
Igor Sergeyev
Aist
Yuri Tsurilo
Miron
Yuliya Aug
Tanya
Ivan Tushin
Aist als Kind
Screenplay: 
Denis Osokin
Sound: 
Kirill Vasilenko
Camera: 
Mikhail Krichman
Editor: 
Sergei Ivanov
Composer: 
Andrei Karasyov
Decoration: 
Andrey Ponckratov
Aleksei Potapov
Costume: 
Anna Barthuly

Production: 
April MIG Pictures Film Company Media Mir Foundation
World Sales: 
Memento Films International
Format: 
35 mm
Color

When Miron’s beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merya culture, an ancient Finno- Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in West-Central Russia. Although the Merya people blended with the Russians in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in the modern life of their descendants. The two men set out on a road trip thousands of miles across the boundless landscape. With them are two small birds in a cage. Along the way, as is the custom of Merya people, Miron shares intimate memories of his conjugal life. But as they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, he realises he wasn’t the only one in love with Tanya.
Based on a short story by Denis Osokin, this delicate film merges ethnology and fiction into an intoxicating mélange of visual poetry. Melancholic but never melodramatic, Silent Souls spotlights a fascinating community threatened by the exigencies of a shrinking population and by ongoing ethnic persecution. (Dimitri Eipides)

In the presence of Aleksei ­Fedorchenko.