The 3rd Golden Raven International Arctic Film Festival announces the films in competition
From May 20–26, 2019 in Anadyr, the capital of Russia's Chukotka region, the Golden Raven International Arctic Film Festival will be held for the third time. The films in competition and the members of the jury have been announced.
The program of the 3rd International Golden Raven Festival for Arctic Film includes the following categories: - international, feature-length, live-action film competition - international, feature-length documentary competition - international competition for live-action shorts - international competition for documentary shorts - the "Kinovzlyot!" regional competition for live-action, documentary, and animated shorts made in Chukotka - out-of-competition screenings on various themes, as well as the Laboratory for Documentary Film
The jury chairman for the international, feature-length, live-action film competition will be Russian Film Market head Yekaterina Bordachova. The jury will include the Norwegian director and screenwriter Knut Erik Jensen, Russian film critic Sergei Anashkin, and Heritage of Chukotka Museum director Olga Rastorguyeva.
The jury for full-length documentary films will be chaired by director, screenwriter, and producer Alexei Vakhrushev. Among the jury members for the documentary program will be Norwegian director and producer Hilde Korsaeth, president of the Northern Character Film Festival Svetlana Soldatova, as well as Okrkinovideoprokat CEO Irina Apletina.
Участниками международного конкурса полнометражных игровых фильмов стали:
Blue frontier\ Frontera azul
Director: Jorge Carmona, Tito Köster Peru, 2018 85 min
Atka, a hunter who lives isolated from the world on the Arctic plain, struggles to keep Aga, his lifelong partner and terminal patient alive. According to an old Inuit legend, when people die one part of their souls returns to life in a newborn relative. Aga has no children of her own, nor relatives living nearby. Plunged into deep despair she makes a mystic journey, travelling through different people who are also closely related to the sea.
The Sun Above me Never Sets\Min urduber kyun khahan da kiirbet
Director: Lyubov Borisova Russia, Sakha Republic, 2018 108 min
After an argument with his father, Altan heads off to work in the Russian Arctic, where he expects to spend a whole month in solitude. Soon Altan discovers that he has a neighbor, the old man Baybal who has come here to spend his last days. Baybal asks Altan to bury him in a grave alongside his wife's. Altan discovers that the old man had a daughter who disappeared without a trace. He then convinces Baybal to create an engaging video blog in order to find his daughter and, at the same time, to ward the old man's death away. Every day Altan does all he can to make the old man want to live one more beautiful day…
Tia and Piujuq\ᑏᐊᐊᒻᒪᓗᐱᐅᔪᖅ
Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk Canada, 2018 79 min
Tia, a 10 year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl with who she immerses herself in a world of Inuit myth and magic.
Khon Yush. The way from the Ob \Хон Юш.Путь от Оби
Director: Zinaida Longortova Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 2019 97 min
This film is about the contribution of the indigenous people of Yamal to the victory in the Great Patriotic War, about the trials that they went through along with the whole country. The action takes place during the war years in the Shuryshkarsky region, Yamalo–Nenets Autonomous District and is based on real events. The Khartaganovs' family in the 30s-40s of the last century raised up seven children of different ages and nationalities who were left without parents. It is not only the the theme of deprivation and war is passed through the film but the theme of social orphanhood during the years of repression.
Beyond the Summit\ Cоднавершины
Director: Yana Polyarush, Tamara Tsotsoriya, Konstantin Kutuyev Russia, 2017 111 min
Alexei Tsaryov is a seventeen-year-old high school student and a promising champion in junior downhill skiing. Alexei has a girlfriend named Lina as well as a good friend Konstantin, his rival in sports and in love. Alexei always comes in first in everything. He is confident in himself, he does not like to lose and indeed it seems like he cannot lose. But everything can change in an instant.
Competing in the category for international, feature-length, documentary films are:
How Big is the Galaxy?\Хозяиноленей
Director: Ksenia Elyan Russia, Estonia, 2018 72 min
The Zharkov family – mother, father and two sons – represent one of the last remaining indigenous peoples of the Arctic, the Dolgans, and they continue to live a nomadic way of life in the extreme north of Siberia. Seven-year-old Zakhar and his older brother Prokopy already have their own reindeer and their own herding grounds. Zakhar is an inquisitive and intelligent boy. Every day he comes up with hundreds of new questions about the world, and he is surprised to find that his new teacher does not always have answers to them.
The raven and the seagull\ Lykkelænder
Director: Lasse Lau Denmark, Greenland, 2018 71 min
The relationship between Greenland and Denmark is full of fantasy and myths. And these are exactly what Danish artist Lasse Lau reflects upon – and in turn documents – in his first feature-length film. But how do you give a form to the Greenlandic experience when you are an outsider yourself? Lau has created a sensitive film about authenticity and recreation by letting both elements become a part of the work, together with his performers. But also by watching and listening intently. The colonial history is entrenched in both Greenland's infinitely beautiful landscapes and in the collective consciousness. But so is the willingness to break with it and look ahead with a new political self-awareness. 'The Raven and The Seagull' is the result of a long-term research project, but talks about its extremely complex topics in a way that grounds the post-colonial perspective in a recognisable life experience. It does so with both a sense of humour and with emphasis.
Northern travelogues \Pohjankävijäin merkintöjä
Director: Kira Jaaskelainen Finland, 2019 58 min
In 1917 Finnish explorer Sakari Pälsi travelled to north-eastern Siberia carrying a cinematograph and 13,000 feet of film with him. The journey birthed a unique documentary film and a travelogue. A hundred years later director Kira Jääskeläinen returns to the Bering strait in Pälsi's footsteps. By combining old and new film footage, Pälsi's notes and the stories of the local Indigenous peoples, the film tells the story of the Chukchi and Siberian Eskimos from the days gone by till today.
Birth of a Family
Director: Tasha Hubbard Canada, 2017 79 min
Over several decades, at least 20,000 Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their homes in Canada and adopted out to non-Indigenous families. Now, four siblings come together for the first time to build the family ties they were once denied.
67 49 32 North
Director: Ece Soydam, Mathieu Dumond Turkey, 2018 55 min
Mathieu is a wildlife biologist and filmmaker who lives in the arctic region of Canada. Born and raised in France, he now feels at home in this cold environment, together with his Inuit wife and lovely son. Mathieu's quest to film wildlife is even more crucial than ever, as the world he loves dearly has already started to change because of climate change.
Competing in the category for international, shorts, live-action films are:
The Land over there\ Drübenland\
Director: Arne Kolhweyer Germany, 2019 16 min
On the Road\ Случай на дороге
Director: Evelina Barsegyan Russia, 2018 8 min
Director: Maria Shulgina Russia, 2018 13 min
Director: Leonid Gardash Russia, 2018 23 min
Parade of Planets\ Парадпланет
Director: Vera Smolina Russia, 2018 27 min
Director: Amerissa Basta Greece, 2018 13 min
Director: Natalia Kalyonova Russia, 2018 14 min
Competing in the category for international, shorts, documentary films are:
Director: Julia Kushnarenko Russia, 2018 29 min
Wandering in the white \Vaeltajat
Director: Otto Heikola Finland, 2019 28 min
The fight for the Arctic
Directors: Andreas Ewels, Norbert Porta Germany, 2018 26 min
One of us \Одинизнас
Director: Edward Bulgar Russia, 2018 14 min
Crow's people \ Воронийнарод
Director: Svetlana Bychenko Russia, 2018 35 min
The "Kinovzlyot!" regional competition for live-action, documentary, and animated shorts will include the following films:
Director: Vyacheslav Velvun Russia, Chukotka, 2018 4 min
Spring in the Tundra\ВеснавТундре
Director: Lydia Bolina Russia, Chukotka, 2018 2 min
Captain Sotnikov. Storm\Капитан Сотников. Шторм
Director: Alexander Kutsky Russia, Chukotka, 2019 8 min
Bear patrol. OperationDen\ Медвежий патруль. Операция Берлога
Director: Vladimir Sertun, Sergey Kavry, Anastasia Videneeva Russia, Chukotka, 2019 6 min
Amulet Kele\ Амулет Келе
Director: Nikita Bereznyakov Russia, Chukotka, 2019 9 min
Director: Igor Badanov Russia, Chukotka, 2019 5 min
Director: Ivan Semikletov Russia, Chukotka, 2019 7 min
Ergyron 50 years on stage\Эргырон. 50летнасцене
Director: Dmitry Stepchenko Russia, Chukotka, 2018 14 min
The Golden Raven Festival is one of the major festivals held in Russia's far north. A distinguishing feature of this festival is that the main winners of the competition are decided by the viewers. Besides the viewers, films are also awarded with special prizes by the festival jury, which consists of professional filmmakers.
The festival's organizers are the Russian Union of Cinematographers, the Youth Initiatives Production Center, the Committee for Culture, Sport and Tourism of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, and the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug autonomous institution for film distribution and cinema entertainment Okrkinovideoprokat.
The festival is financially supported by the State Program on the Development of the Education, Culture, Sport, Tourism, and Youth Policy of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug for 2016–2020.
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