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2019
Russia
Natalya Nazarova
Denis Kovalevskiy, Maxim Dashkin
Natalya Nazarova
Andrey Naydenov
Nadezhda Gorelova, Vladimir Mishukov, Alexander Kolchevsky, Kirill Veselov, Olesya Ivantsova, Alexander Doronin, Alina Khodzhevanova, Evgeny Startsev
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92 min
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THE PENCIL
Простой карандаш
Antonia, an artist from Saint Petersburg, has spent her life in the shadows of her husband Sergey, a star of the city art underground and a leader of the opposition. Their marriage was all but dead, as Antonina couldn't compete with his many luminous lovers. But when Sergey is put to jail for his political activities, Antonina realizes: now she can prove she is worth something. She leaves her comfortable life and follows him to a far-away settlement in Taiga. Sergey asks her to go back, her sacrifice is not appreciated, he never loved her. But Antonina won't quit. She finds a job as an art teacher at a local school. Almost the entire population works either in prison, or at the pencil factory. Antonina decides to teach her students with this simple and primitive tool, the pencil. Antonina is determined to lift the spirit of the downtrodden children in her class. However, she quickly discovers that the power in the school belongs to a twelve-year-old boy Misha, whose brother is a feared local gang leader. Despite the warnings, Antonina stands up to the boy who bullies and tortures his classmates and the teachers.
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Selected festival history
  • «Window to Europe» Film Festival (Special Jury and Critics Diploma)
  • Cairo International Film Festival
  • The Golden Rooster Awards
  • Honfleur Russian Film Festival (Grand Prix, Best Female Lead, Audience Choice Award)
  • «Satellite over Poland» Film Festival
  • «A date with Russia» Film Festival
  • Russian Journalist Forum «The whole Russia»
Natalya Nazarova
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY:
Her 2012 feature debut as a director, «Daughter» won FIPRESCI awards of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Warsaw IFF, best debut award of the major national festival «Kinotavr», and was selected for festivals in Honfleur (France), Cottbus (Germany), Gothenburg (Sweden), Palm Springs (USA), San Francisco (USA), Brussels (Belgium) and many others. Natalya cooperated as a screenwriter with leading russian directors, such as Anna Melikyan Kirill Serebrennikov, Vladimir Khotinenko, Vladimir Сott, Vera Storozheva and many others.

Director's filmography:
2019 - «The pencil»
2019 - «Love Triangle»
2019 - «Russian short. Issue 3» (short film as part of the almanac)
2017 - «Clean Look»
2016 - «Firefly»
2016 - «Just a concert» (short film as part of the almanac «Petersburg. Only for love»)
2012 - «Daughter»