Archive of films Shame / Styd

Russia
2013, 90 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2013

A half-crumbling military base in northern Russia is home to a community of women whose husbands are out at sea. The women patiently wait out the long days, hoping that their men will come back safely from their mission this time as well.... Renowned director Yusup Razykov set his effectively-constructed, understated drama in the icy winter landscape of northern Russia, whose desolation and chilling beauty is masterfully captured by cameraman Yuri Mikhaylishin.


Synopsis

A half-crumbling military base, soon to be shut down, is home to a community of women whose husbands are serving as crewmen on a submarine. The wives patiently wait out the long days, hoping that their men will come back safely from yet another mission. The film portrays the lives of several very different women who are accustomed to looking after themselves despite their difficult circumstances. One of these lonely individuals is newlywed Lena, whose seemingly cold exterior and indifference towards the people and events going on around her start to irritate some of the older residents.... The film is loosely inspired by a real tragedy that occurred a few years back that sent tremors through the whole of Russia and beyond. Renowned director Yusup Razykov set his effectively constructed, understated drama in the icy winter landscape of northern Russia’s Kola Peninsula, whose desolation and chilling beauty is masterfully captured by cameraman Yuri Mikhailyshin.

About the director

Yusup Razykov (b. 1947, Tashkent, Uzbekistan) studied screenwriting at VGIK (1986). For his feature film debut The Orator (Voiz, 1999 – KVIFF 2000), in which he ridicules the hypocrisy and diligence of a naive revolutionary, he was awarded the Russian Critics’ Prize. He treated the freshly topical theme of polygamy in the incisive film Female Kingdom (Zhenskoye tsarstvo, 2000). As director of the Tashkent-based studio Uzbekfilm he shot the internationally successful Comrade Boykenzhayev (O’rtok Boykenjayjev, 2002 – KVIFF 2003), a grim farce illustrating the torpidity, primitivism and obsequiousness of Soviet-era functionaries. In The Gastarbeiter (2009 – KVIFF 2010) he expresses his alarm at the degeneration of a society pervaded by mafia activities.

Contacts

Yusup Razykov
, , Moscow
Russia
E-mail: urazikov@yandex.ru

About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
   
Director: Yusup Razykov
Screenplay: Ekaterina Mavromatis
Dir. of Photography: Yuri Mikhailyshin
Music: Alexey Artishevskiy
Editor: Denis Luzanov
Producer: Vladimir Malyshev, Andrey Malyshev
Production: Cultura Initiatives
Cast: Maria Semenova, Elena Korobeynikova, Helga Fillipova, Seseg Hapsasova
Contact: Yusup Razykov

Guests

Yusup Razykov

Film Director

Elena Korobeynikova

Actress


Maria Semenova

Actress

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