Froth

    • 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.

    Credits

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

    IDFA history

    2019
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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