HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND
France, Germany, Norway, Sweden 2022 – Director: Marusya Syroechkovskaya – Original language: Russian – Subtitles: English
Growing up in Russia in the noughties: music, drugs, depression – and true love. As a teenager, Marusya started to film her boyfriend. 15 years later she still hasn’t stopped. A moving story of addiction and the portrait of a deep bond amid complete hopelessness. Selia Fischer
We present the German premiere of the film.
Camera: Marusya Syroechkovskaya, Kirill Morev. Sound: Yngve Leidulv Sætre. Editing: Qutaiba Barhamji. Music: Feliks Mirensky. Production: Docs Vostok, Sysifos Film, RBB/ARTE. Producer: Ksenia Gapchenko (Docs Vostok), Mario Adamson (Sysifos Film). Length: 103 min. International Sales: Lightdox.
No youth rating
This film contains explicit depictions of self-injurious acts.
Marusya Syroechkovskaya studied film directing in her hometown Moscow. Together with the producer Ksenia Gapchenko, she founded the production company "Docs Vostok", which specializes in artistic documentary film. Her films have been shown at festivals in Cluj, Cannes and New Orleans.
HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND, SE/NO/FR/GE 2022, 90 Min.
EXPLORATION OF CONFINEMENT, RU/US 2013, 19 min.
THE PURE ONE, RU 2011, 35 min.
Shortlist VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international
Slices of life, insights and perspectives: The films of the International Competition open doors to new worlds for us. They compete for the award VIKTOR Main Competition, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. The award donor is Bayerischer Rundfunk.