Shamans and myths. Yakutia in the 1930s. Nikifor lives with his wife in a meagre mud hut surrounded by forests, lakes and masses of snow. They prepare for the long winter, which requires sufficient supplies. One day an eagle settles in a tree by the hut. A bad omen.
Nikifor and his wife are afraid of the aggressive bird of prey. He scares them daily, even though the couple feeds him. Every attempt to rid him fails. Nikifor decides to ask his friend and shaman Naykhsaan to perform a ceremony to uncover the reason for the eagle’s presence. This isn’t without danger, as the ruling Bolsheviks combat these practices vehemently. The cause of the eagle’s presence goes back to Nikifor’s childhood. Will the necessary sacrifices satisfy the eagle and move it to fly away?
Eduard Novikov’s film authentically describes the life and customs in Yakutia. With love he films the self-reliant couple, so that the viewer is transported into their life. Not least because of its poetic images and storytelling, the film won the “Golden George” for best film at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival. MM
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Eduard Novikov - born in 1971 in the Yakut ASSR. He graduated from the St Petersburg University of Cinema and Theatre with a degree in directing and cinematography. THE LORD EAGLE celebrated its premiere at this year's Moscow International Film Festival and has won the prize for the Best Film. He works as a director and cinematographer for "Sakhafilm".
SNIPER OF THE RUSSIAN LAND (2008, doc)
TANDA (2013, doc)
MESSENGER FROM HEAVEN (2014)
LINGUIST (2018, doc)