France, Switzerland 2022 – Director: Alexander Abaturov – Original language: Other – Subtitles: None
Ash clouds darken the skies over the East Siberian taiga. The sparsely populated land is ravaged by violent forest fires in summer 2021. While great swathes of the subarctic forests are in flames, the population of the barren region must protect itself from the threat. They cannot expect help from the Russian authorities. Pablo Bücheler
Writer: Alexander Abaturov. Camera: Paul Guilhaume. Sound: Myriam René, Sorin Apostol, Frédéric Buy. Editing: Luc Forveille, Alexander Abaturov. Music: Benoît De Villeneuve, Benjamin Morando, Delphine Malaussena with Les Percussions de Strasbourg. Production: Petit à Petit Production. Producer: Petit à Petit Production. Length: 89 min.
Alexander Abaturov was born in 1984 in Novosibirsk and graduated from Gorky University in Yekaterinburg. After working as a journalist for the Federal Press Agency, he studied at the French Lussac Documentary School. Abarutov's first feature-length documentary SLEEPING SOULS (2013) was screened at many international film festivals, including Cinéma du réel, IDFF Ji.hlava, Vilnius IHRD FF, Les Écrans Documentaires, Les Étoiles de la Scam and the 23rd dokumentART.
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Nominated for the 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.