Archive of films Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari / Nebesnye zheny lugovych Mari

2012, 106 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2013

One of the most distinctive contemporary Russian directors introduces us to the Volga river region and the women of the Finno-Ugric Mari nation through 22 stories in which reality mixes playfully with cultural tradition, fairytale motifs and erotica.


As in his previous film, the internationally successful Silent Souls (Ovsyanki), Alexey Fedorchenko, one of Russia’s most distinctive contemporary directors, sets out for the Volga region to reveal to viewers the way of life of the Mari, a Finno-Ugric nation that still maintains a number of traditional rituals originating from paganism. While Silent Souls is a meditation on the last things of man and a portrayal of this people’s burial ritual, Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari is an energetic celebration of love, of womanhood and of the joy of life. This mosaic of twenty-two short tales about Mari women, which the director himself has described as a "Mari Decameron,” sees Fedorchenko blending reality with folklore and fairytale motifs with erotica in a playful style all his own. Twenty-two stories about twenty-two different women, all exuding an infectious energy...

About the director

Alexey Fedorchenko (b. 1966, Sol-Iletsk, USSR) studied screenwriting at VGIK (2000). In 1990-2005 he worked as a producer and director at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio. In 2005 he founded his own production company, "29th February Film Co.” Fedorchenko debuted with the successful mockumentary First on the Moon (Pervye na Lune, 2005), about a fictitious Soviet moon landing in 1930. The film won many accolades, including an award from Venice, where it premiered. In 2007 came the feature film The Railway (Zheleznaya doroga). He enjoyed great success with his third offering, Silent Souls (Ovsyanki, 2010), which won a prize for cinematography at Venice. He also directed one of the parts of the triptych The Fourth Dimension (2012). Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari is his fourth feature film.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Alexey Fedorchenko
Screenplay: Denis Osokin
Dir. of Photography: Shandor Berkeshy
Music: Andrey Karasev
Editor: Roman Vazhenin
Producer: Dmitry Vorobyev, Alexey Fedorchenko
Production: 29th February Film Co., Kenpo-Kaliy Co.
Cast: Julia Aug, Yana Esipovich, Vasiliy Domrachev, Daria Ekamasova
Contact: ANTIPODE Sales & Distribution Ilc.

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