Archive of films Deep Rivers / Glubokie reki

2018, 75 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2018

A stark landscape, unforgiving surroundings, gruelling work, and intense conflicts within the family circle – a vicious cycle, the burden of which is only accentuated by the return of the youngest brother, who is to take the place of his sick father in this family of lumberjacks. Under the watchful eye of Aleksandr Sokurov comes another searingly vivid and visually remarkable debut with profound humanistic appeal.


Day after day in a forgotten corner of the Caucasus Mountains, a family of lumberjacks trudges through the impassable landscape to chop down and bring home wood in order to fulfil their contract with the local sawmill. When the father is seriously injured by a falling tree, his place must be taken by the youngest of the brothers, who left the impoverished region years before. His arrival opens old wounds and fuels conflicts within the family and in the hostile village. Stifled emotions and an oppressive image of a fragmenting society highlight themes of ineffectual communication and xenophobia. The heightening animosity visually and emotively underlines the threat of destruction from nature itself, which could, at any moment, strike at the very foundations of the family home. This exceptional debut by Vladimir Bitokov was created under the watchful eye of Alexandr Sokurov.

Kamila Dolotina

About the director

Vladimir Bitokov

Vladimir Bitokov (b. 1985, Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkar Republic, USSR). Selected filmography: Anker (2014, short), Brother (Brat, 2011, short), Mother’s Letter (Pismo k materi, 2010)


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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Vladimir Bitokov
Screenplay: Vladimir Bitokov
Dir. of Photography: Alexander Demyanenko
Music: Murat Kabardokov
Editor: Anna Mass
Art Director: Maxim Malleev
Producer: Nikolay Yankin
Production: Non-commercial fund for cinematography support "Example of intonation"
Cast: Oleg Guseinov, Rustam Muratov, Muhamed Sabiev, Tahir Teppeev
Contact: Non-commercial fund for cinematography support "Example of intonation"


Nikolay Yankin


Vladimir Bitokov

Film Director


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