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Wolfy

Волчок
Director: Vasili Sigarev

Russia, drama, 88 min., 2009, lithuanian and english subtitles
The drama focuses on two characters: a nameless mother (Yana Troyanova) and daughter (Polina Plutchek). After giving birth to an unwelcome baby girl, the mother starts running away from her daughter in an attempt to find herself and start a new life. And the daughter runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her and is absolutely dependent on her. Their relationship is an endless run full of repeated mistakes and resembles the rotation of a spinning top toy. The spinning top, given by mother, is daughter’s first toy and the only thing that reminds her of mother when she has to live with her grandmother (Marina Gaptchenko). The film “Wolfy” (Волчок), the cinematographic debut of the director Vassily Sigarev, is a story about unconditional love – a daughter’s love for her mother. This visually expressive and emotionally stirring feature combines elements of a depressing fairy-tale, social drama and philosophic parable.

Awards:
2009 – Main Prize, Gorin Prize for the Best Script, and Best Actress award in the Open Russian Film Festival “Kinotavr”.
2009 – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, FIPRESCI Prize and the Don Quixote Award in the International Film Festival “Molodist”, Ukraine.
2009 – Award of the Guild of Russian Film Scholars and Critics.
2009 – Best Film Award in Douro Film Harvest Festival, Portugal.

About the director:
Playwright, screenwriter and director Vassily Sigarev was born in Russia in 1977. He studied dramaturgy in Yekaterinburg State Theatre Institute. Sigarev received international acclaim in 2002, when his play “Plasticine” (Пластилин) was staged at the London Royal Court Theatre. He also was the first non English-speaking playwright to receive the Evening Standard Theatre Award in the category of Most Promising Playwright. Altogether Sigarev has written 18 plays. The script of his cinematographic debut – “Wolfy” – is also based on one of his early plays and the play is based on childhood memories and experiences of his wife, actress Yana Troyanova, who played the leading role of the mother in the film.

Trailer:
Section: Wide angle

Screenplay: Vasili Sigarev

Dir. of Photography: Aleksei Arsentyev

Cast: Yana Troyanova, Polina Pluchek, Veronika Lysakova, Andrei Dymshakov