La Russie dans l'objectif – À la marge de l'Empire

France | 2017 | 27 min
Russian, French | Subtitles in French
Author: Abaturov Alexander
Cinematography: Denis Sinyakov
Graphic creation: Michel Blustein
Sound mixing: Mathieu Cochin
Editing: Svetlana Vaynblat
Narration: Margaux Opinel
Production: Katya Panova
Composer: Jan Vysocky


World Premiere

Russia is unique due undoubtedly to its magnitude but also, most notably, to the inextricable contradictions that arise from it. A country of excesses and extremes, yet desperately empty and desolate, cold and hot, silent and howling, whose tragedies and turmoil permeate every inch of its landscapes and every one of its inhabitants. In a four-part portrait, we set off to discover an immense territory reflected in its photographic scene: unbridled, bustling, brave, and sometimes a little crazy. Meetings with photographers Elena Anosova, Misha Domozhilov, Alexander Gronsky, Valery Nistratov, and many others.

From the Far North to the Bering Strait, many provinces remain, even today, very difficult to reach. In these forgotten places of exile, the geographical isolation resembles a cultural and social marginalization, demystified through the lens of three photographers.


Alexander Abaturov

Born in Novosibirsk, Alexander Abaturov graduated from Gorky University in Ekaterinburg. After working as a journalist for the Federal press agency, he moved to France to obtain Master’s degree in Creative Documentary Filmmaking from the Lussac documentary school. His graduation film, Kinophasie (2011), was selected for screening at several festivals. Alexander’s first feature-length documentary Sleeping Souls (2013) was screened at many international film festivals.
Filmography | Les Âmes dormantes (2013) ; Kinophasie (2011).

Screenings playing this movie

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal – Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings / Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
Screening # 5