Archive of films Immortal / Surematu

Estonia / Latvia
2019, 60 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2019

How do the mechanisms of political power directly influence the lives of a country’s inhabitants? In seeking an answer to this difficult question, this cinematic essay looks at everyday life in a small Russian industrial city, uncovering along the way how dangerous and furtive an all-permeating ideology can be.


Russian documentary filmmaker Ksenia Okhapkina’s essay portrait looks at the strict order that governs life in a small industrial city in Russia. With her talent for visual composition and perceptiveness regarding local events, she puts together an audiovisual collage of seemingly minor details that enable us to observe a society bound by the regime and political power. Scenes of young girls learning about discipline at ballet school or adolescent boys training for the army are eloquent examples of citizen indoctrination, but the filmmaker avoids psychologizing the participants. Instead she portrays the dangerous ideology without excessive words or narration, thus perfectly capturing its furtive omnipresence and inconspicuousness.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Ksenia Okhapkina

Ksenia Okhapkina (b. 1989). Filmography: The Smoke (2009, short), Snowstorm (2010, short), Liudians (2010, short), The Night Performance (2012, short), In the Beginning Was… The Cube (2013, medium-length), Red (2015, short), Come Back Free (2016, medium-length), Immortal (Surematu, 2019)


OU Vesilind
Ida poik 3, 75304, Järveküla
Tel: + 372 507 806 7
E-mail: [email protected]

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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Ksenia Okhapkina
Screenplay: Ksenia Okhapkina
Dir. of Photography: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Artem Ignatov
Music: Robert Jurjendal, Arian Levin
Editor: Stijn Deconinck, Ksenia Okhapkina
Producer: Riho Västrik
Production: OU Vesilind
Coproduction: VFS Films
Contact: OU Vesilind


Riho Västrik


Uldis Cekulis


Ksenia Okhapkina

Film Director

Kadriann Kibus

Production Manager

Alexander Dudarev

Sound Designer


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