Marusya is 16 and, like many Russian teenagers, is determined to end her life. Then she meets her soulmate in another millennial, Kimi. They spend a decade filming the euphoria and anxiety, the happiness and misery of their youth, muzzled by a violent and autocratic regime in the midst of a “depressed Russia”. This film is a cry from the heart, a tribute to an entire silenced generation.
Special Mention | Nyon Visions du Réel, Switzerland, 2022
CAST & CREW
Ksenia Gapchenko, Mario Adamson
Director of Photography
Marusya Syroechkovskaya, Kimi Morev
Gasan Hagverdiev, Ada Laub
Docs Vostok, Sisyfos film
Born 1989, Moscow, Russia. Marusya studied documentary filmmaking at the School for Documentary Film and Documentary Theater in Moscow under professor Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov in 2008 and received her Master’s in Film Directing from the Department of Filmmaking at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow in 2014. In 2011 she participated in Flahertiana documentary workshop (Perm, Russia). In 2014 participated in Picture Berlin (Berlin, Germany) summer residency/art academy. Nipkow programm's fellow of 2015 (Berlin, Germany). Marusya is a member of the Russian Documentary Guild (RGDoc).
The Pure One (2012), Exploration of Confinment (2013), Insomnia (2018), How to Save a Dead Friend (2022)