Section: Spectrum

Graf v apelsinakh

The Count in Oranges

Vlada Senkova
Belarus, 2015, 120 Min

Summer: time to leave the city behind and head for the dacha, where the preparations for a birthday celebration are well underway. The joy promised by this teenage outing is soon overshadowed by calamities of both a minor and major nature however: a younger sister disappears, the local kids are brutish, not to mention impudent, and then come the troubles with love. Coming-of-age in Belarus in this wonderful crowdfunded production.


Vlada Senkova was given $2500 by her mother. She always had dreams of becoming a filmmaker, and now she has put her plans into practice, with this thought-provoking film that is guaranteed to set viewers' hearts aglow. Just like her five teenage heroes: growing gradually closer to realising a dream, or understand that these will never come to fruition? Coming-of-age and gaining a feel for the limits and scope of human potential are always and everywhere challenging processes, perhaps nowhere more so however than in a country which, though home to a wonderful music scene, which in fact comes across in the film, doesn't otherwise have a great deal to offer in terms of glitz and glamour, namely Belarus.

A midsummer journey of self-discovery, romantic encounters in the hay and chance meetings that leads the Polish production team to offer a piece of part-consolatory, part-pragmatic advice: “Love your homeland as it is, it's the only one you've got”. BW

DCP | Farbe / colour
Vlada Senkova
Anton Lumo, Kirill Dukhnovsky
Viktor Pshenichny
Vlada Senkova, Anton Lumo
Vlada Senkova, Anton Lumo
Elena Dolgikh
Polina Yanovich, Dasha Gaiduk, Alexander Lesko, Vasily Richter, Aleksei Vainilovich, Margarita Antonenko, Svetlana Sokolovskaya
Vlada Senkova
Vlada Senkova
Tolstoy Str. 4-67
220007 Minsk
Vlada Senkova

Vlada Senkova - born 1986 in Wizebsk, USSR. She graduated from the Belarusian State University's department of translation and computer linguistics. After graduation Senkova studied screenwriting and filmmaking in Minsk, Belarus. She has written several award-winning short films. GRAF V APELSINAKH is her feature film debut.

SAMAYA LUCHSHAYA (2012, short)
BELARUS KAKAYA (2015, short)

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