"Thank you so much for being here," said Vladimir Munkuev from the stage. "I'm not a fan of drawn-out introductions to films. Let's watch the movie, then discuss it. I hope you enjoy it."
"While you're all taking your seats, I'll tell you how this all came about," continued the film's producer Albert Ryabyshev. "In the summer of 2020, we read a script by Vladimir Munkuev that came highly recommended by Boris Khlebnikov. Then, we were launched into the crazy, bizarre adventure that was COVID, restrictions, and the industry grinding to a halt. And there we were, two Moscow-based producers wanting to shoot a film about Yakutia. Movies are always a strange, interesting, emotional journey, of course, and I'm truly grateful to my friends and colleagues Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Sasha Plotnikov and Andrey Ushatsky that we set off on this mad adventure just because we wanted to, so you could see this story on screen."
Nuuccha is a psychological drama based on the works of the Polish writer and ethnographer Wacław Sieroszewski. In late nineteenth-century Yakutia, Habji and his wife Keremes have just buried their second child, and are preparing for a harsh winter of famine. Instead of giving them the help he promised, the local prince foists a Russian convict, Kostya, on the family, who the law decrees must live in the same house as them. They initially struggle to find a common language, and the convict soon decides that he will be the master of the house from now on.
The film won the Grand Prix in the prestigious East of the West competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and was also presented at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event in Tallinn, where it won a Work in Progress Award in the Post Production Awards category.
Genre: Psychological drama
Production: Look Film, Place of Power (Mesto Sily), R-Media
Producers: Boris Khlebnikov, Alexander Plotnikov, Evgeniy Nikishov, Valeriy Fedorovich, Albert Ryabishev, Andrey Ushatskiy
Lead producers: Anna Tikhonova, Anastasia Kulikova
Screenwriter: Vladimir Munkuev
Director: Vladimir Munkuev
Director of photography: Denis Klebleev
Editor: Ivan Lebedev
Sound designer: Alexander Kopeikin
Production designer: Roman Arutyunyan
Costume designer: Ekaterina Shaposhnikova
Makeup artist: Dmitry Mestnikov
Actors: Sergei Gilev, Pavel Kolesov, Irina Mikhailova, Innokenty Lukovtsev, Danil Osipov, Zoya Bagynanova, Nikolai Protasov, and more.
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