Films

Nearest and Dearest

Nearest and Dearest, "Blizkie"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

 

There must be something wrong with families. First Andrei Zvjagintsev and now 27-year-old Ksenija Zujeva – two Russian directors of different age make at the same time a movie of too little love or no love at all between the closest people, estranged families, incapability or unwillingness to understand one other.

Father Jefim, mother Katja, daughter Anja and son Andrei live with an 86-year-old grandmother in an apartment building on the outskirts of Moscow. A seemingly ordinary dysfunctional family, but... life in this family is more than intolerable and there are unremitting fights and accusations. The parents do not understand the kids, the kids do not understand the parents and the parents do no understand each other. The paradox of modern life – everybody wants compassion and understanding, but are not capable of giving it themselves. The only one who seems to understand everybody is the grandmother. Until an enormous tragedy hits – a huge tragedy for a small family.

Ordinary fates of ordinary people – the most difficult subject for a movie. And how to do that in a way that shows everyday life realistically? Ksenija Zujeva has succeeded in that partly because she loves her characteres no matter what. Her prosaic story touches immensely meaningful facets of life. What does the constitution say? Family is the foundation of society. Therefore the whole society is rickety.

This movie is one of the most interesting debuts in Russia this year and it was made, typically, without government support.

 




Tiit Tuumalu

 

 

Ksenia Zueva

(b. 1990 in Moscow) has graduated from Theatrical Institute of Boris Shchukin and studied at Moscow Art Theatre school. In 2015 has finished the High Courses of Screenwriters and Directors. She worked as director in “Look at me“ company, and as a director of a large number of short films and clips and participated in many projects as an actress. “Nearest and Dearest” is Zueva’s directorial debut.

Filmography

  • Blizkie (Nearest and Dearest, 2017)

Schedule

23.11.2017
21:30 - 23:33
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 071003
Guests (2)
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Movie guests:  Director Ksenia Zueva, Producer Katerina Mikhaylova
25.11.2017
20:00 - 21:33
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 092002
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01.12.2017
17:00 - 18:33
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 150101
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

First Feature Competition

Film info

Country: Russia
Year: 2017
Duration: 93 minutes
Language: Russian
Director: Ksenia Zueva
Producers: Katerina Mikhailova, Vladislav Pasternak, Igor Fokin
Writer: Ksenia Zueva
DOP: Mikhail Vikhrov
Montage: Ksenia Zueva, Boris Mnykhin, Andrey Cherkasov
Composer: Maria Zhulanova
Cast: Andrei Stoyanov, Elena Chekmazova, Nadezhda Ivanova, Danila Mozhaev, Larisa Morozova
Productions: VEGA Film, OVAL Grid
Festival: Kinotavr

Synopsis

Director

 

There must be something wrong with families. First Andrei Zvjagintsev and now 27-year-old Ksenija Zujeva – two Russian directors of different age make at the same time a movie of too little love or no love at all between the closest people, estranged families, incapability or unwillingness to understand one other.

Father Jefim, mother Katja, daughter Anja and son Andrei live with an 86-year-old grandmother in an apartment building on the outskirts of Moscow. A seemingly ordinary dysfunctional family, but... life in this family is more than intolerable and there are unremitting fights and accusations. The parents do not understand the kids, the kids do not understand the parents and the parents do no understand each other. The paradox of modern life – everybody wants compassion and understanding, but are not capable of giving it themselves. The only one who seems to understand everybody is the grandmother. Until an enormous tragedy hits – a huge tragedy for a small family.

Ordinary fates of ordinary people – the most difficult subject for a movie. And how to do that in a way that shows everyday life realistically? Ksenija Zujeva has succeeded in that partly because she loves her characteres no matter what. Her prosaic story touches immensely meaningful facets of life. What does the constitution say? Family is the foundation of society. Therefore the whole society is rickety.

This movie is one of the most interesting debuts in Russia this year and it was made, typically, without government support.

 




Tiit Tuumalu

 

 

Ksenia Zueva

(b. 1990 in Moscow) has graduated from Theatrical Institute of Boris Shchukin and studied at Moscow Art Theatre school. In 2015 has finished the High Courses of Screenwriters and Directors. She worked as director in “Look at me“ company, and as a director of a large number of short films and clips and participated in many projects as an actress. “Nearest and Dearest” is Zueva’s directorial debut.

Filmography

  • Blizkie (Nearest and Dearest, 2017)
Scholarship of 5000 EUR from Jameson.