La Russie dans l'objectif – Le Pays déchiré

France | 2017 | 26 min
Russian, French | Subtitles in French
Author: Alexander Abaturov
Graphic creation: Michel Blustein
Sound mixing: Mathieu Cochin
Editing: Svetlana Vaynblat
Narration: Margaux Opinel
Cinematographer: Denis Sinyakov
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.

Amid the splendours of Moscow and the harshness of the rural provinces, the country manoeuvres between many contradictions. This part offers a photographic look at the profound changes that have taken place in Russia since the end of the 1980s and their impact on society.


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).

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La Russie dans l'objectif – Le Pays déchiré
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La Russie dans l'objectif – Le Pays déchiré

France | 26 min | 2017

Russian, French | Subtitles in French