Yakutian film Nuuccha Wins Grand Prix in East of the West Competition at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Nuuccha, a film by Yakutian director Vladimir Munkuev, won the Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, in one of the most prestigious sections, the East of the West competition. Along with the Crystal Globe award, the prize comes with a financial reward of $15,000. The film's producers are Boris Khlebnikov, Alexander Plotnikov, Evgeniy Nikishov, Valeriy Fedorovich, Albert Ryabishev, and Andrey Ushatskiy.

"This film got up and running very quickly. We had made the decision to produce it a month prior to the start of shooting," says film producer Aleksandr Plotnikov. "Vladimir Munkuev, the student of Boris Khlebnikov, was working on the script and sent us a first draft, then a second, then a third. He told us he thought the script was finished, and that he'd like to start working on it right away, and not wait for next year. He wanted it ASAP: the project was totally ready for production. We quickly brought together a team, started prepping and sent the crew to Yakutia not to miss the right weather. We got everything ready in a month – quite a gamble. But all of us – me, Boris Khlebnikov, our partners, Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Albert Ryabishev – we were so confident in the material that we decided to risk it. Of course, now we're happy that the audience and jury of the most prestigious film festival in Eastern Europe had such a high opinion of the film and loved it.

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 newborn child and are getting ready for lengthy and exhausting winter. Instead of promised help, the local Yakut ruler orders the family to admit to their house the Russian convict, Kostya, and keep him till further notice. The worlds of the family and the Russian unwelcome guest are colliding from the first days, and the convict gradually settles in and claims the position of master of the house.

"I'm very pleased that our initiatives for promoting Russian films have brought such quick and notable results. The project got its start in the international market as part of the program at Industry @ Tallinn and Baltic Event 2020, where all the events were part of the Focus on Russia initiative by Roskino," explains Head of Roskino Evgenia Markova. "Nuuccha was made by an incredible team of producers and brought the young, talented director from Yakutia to the attention of the international jury, which yet again highlights the trend of finding new stars with creative talents from regional areas and the importance of developing regional film-making."
The film was screened at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event in Tallinn and won Post-Production Award, which goes to projects with a particularly powerful and daring artistic vision that successfully combine creative and commercial potential.

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About Nuuccha:

Genre: Psychological drama
Production: Look Film, MC², R-Media
Producers: Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksandr Plotnikov, Evgeniy Nikishov, Valeriy Fedorovich, Albert Ryabishev, Andrey Ushatskiy
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
Executive producers: Anna Tikhonova, Anastasia Kulikova
Actors: Sergei Gilev, Pavel Kolesov, Irina Mikhailova, Innokenty Lukovtsev, Danil Osipov, Zoya Bagynanova, Nikolai Protasov, and more.

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