House with a Turret

Dom s bashenkoy
Director: Eva Neymann

Ukraine, Drama, 2011, 81 min, russian with english and lithuanian subtitles, V
Based on motifs drawn from the autobiographical story by writer and screenwriter Friedrich Gorenstein, “The House with a Turret” tells about a day in the life of an eight-year-old boy – the day his childhood will end. The boy and his ill mother are traveling by train to his grandfather’s house. On the way, however, the mother’s health takes a critical turn for the worse, and they are forced to abandon the train in a nameless town where the mother is admitted to a hospital. The story unfolds in Soviet Russia in winter 1944. Through the boy’s eyes, we witness the state of a society exhausted by the interminable war and persistent food shortages, benumbed by ever-present death, and indifferent to the suffering of others. The tranquil black-and-white images created by Lithuanian cinematographer Rimvydas Leipus masterfully evoke the atmosphere of the Second World War’s penultimate year in the Soviet Union. 
2012 – East of the West Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic).
About the director:
Eva Neymann was born in 1974 in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. She graduated in law from the Philipp University of Marburg (Germany) and in film direction from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (Germany). She has directed a number of documentaries that screened at many international film festivals: “Just Like Old Times” (Allen beim alten, 2004), “To See the Sea” (Das Meer sehen, 2005), “Ways of God” (Wege Gottes, 2007). In 2007 she debuted in features with the film “At the River” (U reki), which premiered internationally at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands). “House with a Turret” is her second feature film.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Eva Neymann

Dir. of Photography: Rimvydas Leipus

Music: Jürgen Gröziner, Erik Satie

Cast: Dmitriy Kobetskoy, Katerina Golubeva, Mikhail Veksler, Vitalina Bibliv, Mariya Politseymako, Albert Filozov