Online Drinking Buddy
original title: Sobutylnik-online
2021, 48 min., color, Russian
Cinematographer : Skype, Zoom
Producers : Vladimir Nepevny
FESTIVALS: Moscow Interntional Film Festival 2021 (EUPHORIA OF ISOLATION)
SAY NO TO PANDEMIC LONELINESS. NEW TIMES – NEW SERVICES
The film’s protagonist, Svetlana, during the Coronavirus Epidemic, like many, finds herself out of work. In order to keep busy and earn some money, she comes up with a new business – “Online drinking buddy”. For a fee, she’s ready to keep customers company if they’re looking for a partner they can have a drink and a heart-to-heart chat.
The film features unique material – recordings of Svetlana’s conversations with her “drinking pal” clients. People share their experiences of how they have survived quarantine and how the coronavirus has had an impact on their lives.
“In this sense, Drinking Companion Online can be seen as an example of modern minimalism, in which the person being filmed and the person who films act as co-directors on an equal footing. The film’s future protagonist Svetlana Troyekurova, having lost her job, came up with an occupation both not inconvenient and quite pleasant: she invited those who wished to talk to share a drink online. Besides many people tired of loneliness, isolation or an unfulfilled need to speak out, she was contacted by a well-known documentary filmmaker who offered her to make a film about it, since all her conversations could be recorded on the same computer. The result was a kind of exhibition of spontaneous teleportraits made in the virtual office of a non-professional but entertaining psychologist.” – Victor Matizen, Literaturnaya Gazeta