• Ilya Povolotsky
  • Russia, Qatar
  • 2019
  • 84 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

From the Barents Sea, a chill wind seems to blow constantly across a semi-deserted town at the edge of the world. Nevertheless, a little community holds out here. In a flawlessly filmed portrait of this extraordinary place, the theme linking the residents is their determination to chart their own course.

Bardak was a marine, but his garrison broke up and his comrades sought a better life elsewhere. He stayed behind among the many empty buildings that are slowly but surely being consumed by the elements. Meanwhile, Dima, a young poacher, flouts as many rules as he can, but gives friendly directions to lost tourists and reads lovingly to his little daughter. Ferryman Alexander is locked in a silent generational battle with his teenage daughter Masha; her eyes are on the outside world. Further along, a little team of ships from the Second World War turns up, and a woman steadfastly runs a weather station.

In the distance, we hear radio and TV news reports. The news affects these people too, yet at the same time it seems a million miles away from their isolated everyday reality.


  • 84 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Russian, German
  • Subtitles in: English
Ilya Povolotsky
Executive producer
Ekaterina Krasovitskaya, Yaroslav Kozlov, Anna Shalashina
Doha Film Institute
Evgeny Rodin

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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