A Long and Happy Life
A Long and Happy Life

A Long and Happy Life

Director Boris Khlebnikov

Production year 2013

Length 77min.

Country Russia


A city boy turned potato farmer, Sasha has moved to Russia’s Nordic countryside driven by what turned out to be illusions and idealistic ambition. The reality proved much less rosy, but Sasha is offered a break when the local Town Hall offers to buy out his farmland and repay his debts. An excellent chance to return to the city, taking along his sweetheart Anna, who happens to work at the Town Hall. The deal is closed and Sasha’s farm is set to be shut down, but the local villagers rise up in protest. They plea Sasha to protect them and save the farm, their only means of subsistence. Sasha is moved by the villagers’ sudden eagerness to elect him their leader and all the love and hope they invest in him. When Sasha tries to pull breaks on the lucrative deal,  the local officials can’t help but treat is as symptoms of a mental disorder. Sasha’s personal life also goes through a crisis when Anna can’t get over his decision, taking it for a refusal to share a life in the city with her. Sasha finds himself entangled in a web of passion, pride, and irreversible actions...



Boris Khlebnikov
Boris Khlebnikov



Roman Borisevich, Alexander Kushaev


Alexander Rodionov, Boris Khlebnikov

Director of Photography

Pavel Kostomarov

Production designer

Olga Khlebnikova


Maxim Belovolov


Ivan Lebedev


Alexander Yatsenko, Eugene Sitiy, Anna Kotova, Vladimir Korobeinikov, Sergey Nasedkin …

Production company(ies)

Koktebel Film Company

Boris Khlebnikov

Born 1972, Moskow. For two years he studied biology at Moscow State Pedagogical Institute before beginning his study of Film Theory Department at Moscow State Film Institute (VGIK). In VGIK he made a short film Passing by with Aleksey Popogrebsky. On his own he went on to make Clever Frog (short). His debut as a director of a full length feature film was Koktebel (together with Aleksey Popogrebsky).


2013 - A Long and Happy Life (Долгая счастливая жизнь), 2012 - Till Night Do Us Part (Пока ночь не разлучит), 2009 - Crush : 5 Love Stories (Короткое замыкание), 2008 - Help Gone Mad (Сумасшедшая помощь), 2007 - He's gone (Уехал) [doc], 2006 - Free Floating (Свободное плавание), 2003 - Roads to Koktebel (Коктебель), 2002 - Mikhail Boulgakov. Black Snow (Михаил Булгаков. Черный снег) [doc, TV serial], 2000 - The Sly Frog (Хитрая лягушка) [short ], 1997 - By the Way (Мимоход) [doc]

FILMS 2013