WINTER JOURNEY Зимний Путь
Russia – 2013 – DCP – color – 90’
Direction: Sergei Taramaev, Liubov Lvova
Screenplay: Sergei Taramaev, Liubov Lvova
Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman
Editing: Egor Kirpichev
Set design: Natalya Zimina
Cast: Evgeny Tkachuk, Aleksei Frandetti, Vladimir Mishukov, Dmitry Mukhamadeev, Andrei Tsymbalov, Aleksandr Alekseevsky, Igor Voinorovsky, Valery Tkachuk, Sergei Dorofeev, Natalya Pavlenkova
Producer: Dmitry Glukhov
Production: Mika Film
Inspired by Winterreise, Schubert tragic vocal cycle, the film tells the story of Eric, a 21-year-old talented singer student at the Moscow Conservatory. He is lonely, fragile and vulnerable. He reminds us of romantics of the past like Artur Rembo, Kurt Cobain, Michael Fassbinder.
The story unfolds over 3 days before an important vocal competition. During a bus ride Eric meets Lyokha, a 23-year-old provincial guy who attracts Eric’s attention by his eccentric, aggressive and valiant behavior, caused, as Eric finds out later, by his desperation due to his fatal sickness.
Two opposites collide and are attracted to each other. Lyokha gets himself into real trouble with police and criminals. He turns to his new friend for help. Eric, overwhelmed by sudden unknown emotions and feelings cannot refuse. This relationship leads Eric to his last winter journey.
THE DIRECTORS: SERGEI TARAMAEV & LIUBOV LVOVA
Sergey Taramaev is a director, scriptwiter, actor. Born on October, 8, 1958. Graduated from Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS), worked as an actor in best Moscow theatres, he is Honorary Artist of Russia.
Luba Lvova is director, scriptwriter, actress, pianist. She was born in Moscow, Graduated from The Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS), Acted in theatre.
They are an extraordinary married couple, dedicated to Art.
“This is a film about utter loneliness. We wrote this screenplay because we feel just like our central character. The loneliness of a romantic dreamer is boundless. He longs for perfection, but knows perfection can never be attained. “As a stranger I arrived, as a stranger I depart” – these words open Schubert’s song cycle Winter Journey, the piece our hero sings. There is no justice, no happiness in this world. Life is fleeting and illusory; and it is this very sense of unattainability that drives the artist to create, that links him to all great creators, all martyrs to the cause of inspiration who came before him and who will come after him; always alone”.
2013 Зимний Путь (Winter Journey)
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
2013 Window to Europe FF: Best Actor, Russian Guild of Film Critics Award
2013 Russian FF, London: Grand Prix London Lion
2013 Gteborg IFF – Focus Russia
2013 Sputnik FF, Warsaw: Special Prize
2013 Stalker Human Rights IFF, Moscow: Best Film
2013 Moscow Film Critics Guild Award “White Elefant”: Best Debut, Evgeny Tkachuk Best Actor