Grozny Blues
Grozny Blues

Grozny Blues

Director Nicola Bellucci

Production year 2015

Length 103min.

Country Switzerland


Grozny Blues follows a few people around Grozny, the capital of war-torn Chechnya where daily life is defined by political repression, constricting customs, forced Islamification and the failure to come to terms with recent history. The film revolves around four women who have been fighting for human rights under worsening conditions for many years but get more and more disillusioned with the situation in Putin’s Russia. The building where they work is also home to a Blues Club that is frequented by a group of young people. Having only vague memories of the Chechen wars in the 90s, they try to make sense of the strange things that are happening in their country.


Nicola Bellucci
Nicola Bellucci



Frank Matter


Nicola Bellucci, Lucia Sgueglia

Director of Photography

Simon Guy Fässler, Nicola Bellucci, Olga Kravets, Géraldine Zosso

Music by

Blues Brothers Cafe Band


Nicola Bellucci, Pedro Haldemann, Olivier Jean Richard


Anja Bombelli, Chiara Ronchini, Alkmini Boura, Sophie Brunner


Zainap Gashaeva,
Zarman Makhadzieva,
Taisa Titiyeva,
Taita Yunusova,
Ruslan Lalayev,
Musa Sadulayev,
Taisa Kantayeva

Production company(ies)

Soap Factory GmbH, Hafenstrasse 25, Postfach 4019 Basel Switzerland

Nicola Bellucci

In 1982‐86, Nicola Belluccistudied at the University of Florence (Philosophy, Literature, Film Studies). In 1988, he got a directing Diploma at Istituto di scienze cinematografiche in Florence. In 1992‐96, Nicola Bellucciworked as an author and director of photography in Italy. In 1996, he moved to Basel, Switzerland. In 2000, Bellucci founded the Neuland Filmproduction in Basel with Vadim Jendreyko.


Era Lanostre Fonte (1989, short), Do It (2001, short), Onoma (2002, doc.), Nel Giardino dei Suoni (2010, doc.), Grozny Blues (2015).

FILMS 2015