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Zhenia Kazankina


Paulina lives and works in a small hotel in the northern town near the border. She and her

friend Nadia dream of a different, paradise and exotic world. Their dream is unattainable and completely unrelated to reality, so the girls come up with their toy-world, trying to imagine themselves inside it as “someone else.”

The girls almost do not leave the empty hotel and live, performing their strange daily rituals in the hope that someday it will lead them to a miracle. Once a stranger arrives at the hotel. Torn between a man and a friend, Paulina is trying to understand who she really is and what she wants most in her life.

Режија / Director:
Zhenia Kazankina

Сценарио / Screenplay:
Zhenia Kazankina

Директор фотографије / Director of Photography:
Luda Kuropiatnikova

Монтажа / Film Editing:
Zhenia Kazankina

Филмска школа / Film School:
Russian State University of Cinematography named after S.Gerasimov (VGIK)

Продуцент / Producer:
Dasha Dikarkina

Продукцијска кућа / Production Company:
Russian State University of Cinematography named after S.Gerasimov (VGIK)

Улоге / Cast:
Liza Yankovskaya Dasha Mureeva Stephen Ochsner

Трајање / Duration:

Zhenia Kazankina
Director's Biography
Zhenia Kazankina

Zhenia Kazankina (Moscow, 1996) is a writer/director whose work revolves around issues of self-perception, coming-of-age, absurdity and dream. She is a Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) graduate (2019). Her short films have played at international festivals and have received several awards. Her graduation project RIO was selected to Oscar and BAFTA qualifying film festivals. Currently, she works as a writer/director/editor on commercials and music videos.