Director Aleksandr Kott

Production year 2015

Length 90min.

Country Russia


Pavel Zuev has to start his life over from darkness after he looses his sight in an accident. The young man has to learn again how to eat, walk, wash himself, do simple housework, and even how to look out of the window without seeing anything. All connections to his previous life are broken. In this new life blind Zuev encounters an exceptional woman capable of seeing more than other people. Her name sounds symbolic – Nadezhda (translates as 'hope') and she works at the local hospital. Nadezhda will help Zuev find his strength and a new sense of existing. These equally strong but otherwise different people spend together what, perhaps, will be the best days of their lives; but everything has an ending.


Aleksandr Kott
Aleksandr Kott



Katia Filippova


Aleksandr Kott

Director of Photography

Pyotr Duhovskoy

Production designer

Sergei Avstrievskikh


Vladimir Priamov, Aleksandr Fedenev


Vadim Krasnitskiy


Agrippina Steklova, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Dmitri Mulyar, Andrey Bilzho, Filipp Avdeev

Production company(ies)

Atlantic Film, Russia, Moscow boulevard Jana Rajnissa 2-1-288

Aleksandr Kott

From 1994 to 2000, Alexandr Kott studied in the Gerasimov State Institute of Cinematography also known as VGIK under the apprenticeship of Russian film director Vladimir Khotinenko. In 1997, Kott successfully completed the master-class of Andrzej Wajda in Krakow. Also in 1997, Alexandr Kott directed the film Journey and a short film Rope (1998) both commissioned by French TV channel ARTE. Alexandr Kott currently lives in Moscow.


Journey (1997, short) Rope (1998, short), Photographer (1998, short), Scarecrow (2000, short), Two Drivers Were Driving (2002), Giant (2003, short), Fish (2008), Traffic Jam (2009), I Will Show You Moscow (2009), Brotherhood’s Fortress (2010), The Trial (2014), Fir-Trees 1914 (2014), Insight (2015).

FILMS 2016