2020

HABITAT

documentary, 2020, 64 Min, trailer

 

Grandmother of Zoya Mikhailovna was born in Finnish territory.  In 1937, this was sufficient reason to upset the father of the little Zoya.

Sami culture in the Soviet Union and today's Russia is a source of life tests and struggle.

The film moves in the free-flowing memory tracks of a small indigenous people and tries to create a common memory image of the past 100 years

from the diversity of the protagonists.

The focus of the film narrative is the Russian territory of their homeland "Lapland", which is now divided between four countries.

 Together with Zoya 18 Sami people of Kola Peninsula recall their past life memories in film.  The past and the present flow into each other.

However, you can feel a huge gap between "today" and "yesterday".

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2019

LOKALE HELDEN 2019

The trailer for the 2. edition of the "Lokale Helden" Short Film Festival.

2018

DAY & NIGHT

In this short video essay I turn to my children's memories and reconstruct my own picture of childhood shaped by the endless visual elements of the Soviet era.

 Born in 1986, I lived in a world soaked in nostalgia for the USSR, a country that only existed when I was four years old.  However, my reality was filled with Soviet children's books, toys, films about pioneers and many subsequent dreams and fantasies, such as the romance of the cosmos and the escape into a colourful fairy-tale world.

 “Day & Night” is a homage to childhood that I dreamed of and that I was only allowed to experience imaginatively based on the cultural remains.

2016

SNOWFLAKES

16mm short film

2014

DOWNWIND

 Once I got in my hands a model of embryo at the age of 10 weeks. I really liked this plastic baby, as it was made of the same ordinary plastic the majority of children dolls are made of. I first realized that a doll as well is nothing but a model of a child at different ages and that this embryo is just one link in the chain of models. That became the main metaphor of the film the parallel between dolls and unborn children. The topic of abortion is partly a taboo in our society: it is kind of unpleasant and inappropriate to talk about. And at the same time, it is the issue many women have to face.