original title: Pena
2019, 85 min., color, Russian
DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES : Postdoc, Social / Society / Human
Dmitry Khalileev, Alexander Bardachev, Alexander Bogatyrev, Maria Bogatyreva, Maria Sidor, Alexander Guschin
Cinematographer : Evgeny Rodin
Producers : Ekaterina Krasovitskaya, Anna Shalashina, Yaroslav Kozlov
SUBPOLAR COWBOYS OCCUPY THE RUINS OF EMPIRE
‘Froth’ depicts the customs and everyday life on the coast of the Barents Sea. At the heart of the narrative are the stories of three ordinary people. Bardak is a salty old sea dog, who after taking his pension opts to see out his years with hard work in an abandoned village on the very edge of the world. Sasha and his team of self-taught divers have taken the initiative to raise World War II shipwrecks, which the experts consider to be outside the realms of possibility. Young poacher Dima, whose sense of adventure and recklessness have earned him the nickname “Catastrophe”, manages to evade capture and read his daughter a fairy-tale all in one evening. The characters are united by an incredible blend of humility, inherent rebelliousness, a very specific moral code, and attitude towards life. Nowhere except for these hills and severe sea can they find peace, while they hustle through the days and the waves making froth.