Denis Shabaev
Russia, 2018, 79 Min

Donbass up-close. For medical reasons Mira had to give up his mining job. Now the born Slovakian makes his way through life doing odd jobs in England, but can never settle and feels superfluous. Through Skype he meets a woman in Donbass and he decides to travel to Luhansk.

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Mira’s new friend asks him, to urgently send 200 dollars. The money is transferred, but Natascha hadn’t expected Mira to personally show up in Luhansk. There reality is obviously different, but Mira is a peaceable man. He devotes himself to a special task; to restore and conserve icons of the soviet era, such as those of Lenin and workers memorials. It doesn’t take long to find help.

The second feature film from Denis Shabaev is in many respects experimental. With a documentary perspective, he captures the atmosphere of the war region, that to outsiders appears almost absurd.  The rendition of the song “Besame Mucho” and Miras room in the hotel Concrete push the limits of credibility that - if it wasn’t a proper war - the audience would think it is satire. The cast made up of lay people essentially play themselves in the present. However, the pronounced heroism of the culture is viewed critically and attacked. MM

DCP | Farbe / Colour
Denis Shabaev
Irina Shatalova
Oleg Pertsovskiy
Denis Shabaev
Valeriy Arkhipov
Makhail Nozhkin
Miroslav Rogach, Alexandr Zaslavskiy, Arkhip Petrov, Nataliya Starodubtseva, Irina Mitkevich, Dimtriy Vatulin
Natalya Mokritskaya, Ulyana Saveleva, Mila Rozanova
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Denis Shabaev

Denis Shabaev - born in 1980 in Moscow, USSR. He studied documentary film directing at the Moscow Film University VGIK for two years. In 2013 he graduated from the Moscow School of Documentary Film and Theatre, founded by Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov. His documentary films were awarded, among others, at the GoEast Festival in Wiesbaden and at the Kinotavr Festival in Sochi.

VMESTE (2014, doc, short)
20:17 (2017, short, FFC 2017)
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