POTAPOV'S CONJECTURE

An ordinary security guard by the name of Potapov finds the solution to the famous mathematical puzzle, Goldbach’s conjecture. He has no clue that his little daughter has deliberately helped him to solve it. Trying to prove his solution is correct, Potapov hands his notes over to his mistress. She, however, has plans of her own for his discovery…

  • Mark Rasskazov
    Director
  • Andrey Grafov
    Writer
  • Igor Demin
    Producer
  • Olga Kabo
    Key Cast
  • Andrey Smolyakov
    Key Cast
  • Igor Gaydarov
    Key Cast
  • Sofia Yurzinova
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
    Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2,39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • IN THE PALACE
    Balchik
    Bulgaria
    June 27, 2017
    European
Distribution Information
  • N.S. Mikhalkov Academy of Cinematographic and Theatre Arts
    Country: Russian Federation
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mark Rasskazov

Graduated from The Advanced School of Scriptwriters and Film Directors in 2008 (Andrey Gerasimov and Andrey Dobrovolsky’s Directing Workshop). Member of the Directors Guild of Russia since 2008.
Awards: Accolade Competition, 2008 (La Jolla, California, USA), Washougal International Film Festival, 2008 (USA) and Honolulu International Film Festival, 2009 (USA).
Entered the official competition programme at the Oaxaca FilmFest 2013 (Mexico), IN THE PALACE 2016 (Bulgaria), Valletta Film Festival 2017 (Malta).
Graduated from the N.S.Mikhalkov Academy of Cinematographic and Theatre Arts in 2016 (Vladimir Khotinenko and Vladimir Fenchenko’s Directing Workshop).

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Director Statement

Sooner or later, each one of us has to face a difficult choice, which will change our fate dramatically. Gripped by fear, we all act differently. Sometimes, not in the best way.
But the only thing you cannot forgive yourself for is cowardliness and faint-heartedness.
Are we able to fight singlehandedly against a powerful adversary – let alone the whole world – to save the weak and defenseless? Are we ready to risk our life and our fate? Do we have enough courage to stand our ground when everyone around is against us?
In this film we see how a noble aim can influence a man and cause him to discover his best qualities, which in turn transform both him and his life, by giving it meaning.
I would like to convince the viewer that one man is an army when he is led through life by love.