Private Project

The memories of lands

“The memories of lands” is an experimental film essay, attempt to raise the subject of finding and loss, to track formation of invisible communication between people which isn't interrupted together with death of the person. 

Maria and Boris (the father and the daughter) — the main characters of the movie, can still feel each other, but their history on the Earth has forever broken at the moment of Boris's death. 

In the movie I mention the time period of two days after Boris’s death. This time is fatal and important as for Maria who takes the first steps on the new Earth without her father, in the new, foggy reality, and for the dead Boris whose soul tries to realize the new essence, rushes about, suffers and longs on terrestrial.

Both Maria and Boris don't trust the new world, learning it by touch. Boris finds himself in the idyllic morning wood, Maria - is in the dark autumn field, after the sunset. The world around them is full of live, real paints, but still it seems dangerous, hostile and unknown. Do father and daughter truly hear each other? 

What do we feel when we leave? What do we feel when we lose? This movie is my personal experience, the circle of questions for which hasn't found answers, since I have lost my father 6 years ago and learnt to live without him, using only the thin bond which has remained between us for communication.

"Memories of lands" is the prayer in itself, to the soul, to the heart, in attempts to refer to the loved dead man. It’s the conversation with the soul, with that part of yourself, who has forever died at the moment of father’s death, with the part of old yourself. 

  • Boris Kudryashov
    Key Cast
  • Natalya Lesnikovskaya
    Key Cast
  • Tatyana Gerasimova
  • Tatyana Gerasimova
  • Tatyana Gerasimova
  • Alexey Philippov
  • Alexey Seliverstov
    Music composer
  • Alexander Khohlov
    Sound producer
  • Karolina Volbin
    Costume designer
  • Alexandra Telegunova
  • Pavel Philkov
    Assistent of cinematographer
  • Alexandra Ermakova
    Film designer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 20, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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  • Shooting Format:
    HD Video
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Director Biography - Tatyana Gerasimova

My name is Tatiana Gerasimova. I’m 30 years old and I was born in Moscow. First of all I would like to say, that to become a director wasn’t an accidental choice for me. It was a result of a long time aspiration and a clear understanding that this is something I want do in my life.

After my graduation from literature gymnasium I began to work as a journalist and joined Directing courses at The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. There I attended lectures by such masters of cinema as Sokurov, Abdarashitov, Mindadze and others. During my studies I wrote a several stories and the one script which is recognized as one of the best in my group. My plan was to join a full-time course at the Directing faculty, but family circumstances meant that I had to keep my day job and unfortunately only daytime courses were available.

At the age of 22 I began to photograph nature with my father's old analogue camera. I was traveling a lot. My interest was to be in the wild places outside tourist destination: Iceland, Japan, Chile, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Azores islands and so on. I didn’t have any ambitions at the photography, I did it for myself and only later, time to time, began to put my photographs online. With photography new things came into my life - soon I was approached by art-curators from France. In 2010-2011 I was participating in exhibitions “La nuit de la photo” in France as the only Russian photographer.

Photography gave me a reason to justify my actions in regards to film. It became my side interest, as picture making was my main concern. 2 years went by. I was interviewed by several European and American online-magazines and blogs, the “Dazed and Confused” magazine wrote about my charity photo project “THE FOREST”, where young and famous photographers shown how they perceived the wood in their childhood.

But I felt I couldn’t express my ideas fully. My ideas formed narratives, not static photographs. Either I start to make so called “video-art” or I disregard my passion for story telling and continue with photography. Both of these seemed rather fake. Thus I made a serious decision to leave professional photography and stop fooling myself.

After this decision I felt a sense of relief and emptiness. I was 26, had a lot of stories in my head and a routine job as a copywriter just for money. If I weren’t to change anything, than later it would be too late. I began to research international film schools, this way I found the 1-year Directing program in the National Film School in Lodz.

In 2013 I left my previous life behind to move to Lodz with an idea for a script to develop in my studies. During my studies I directed four etudes based on my stories (the three of them I shooted by myself) and attended master-classes and seminars. For my final school project I wrote script for a short future film “The evening of Marita” - the story of a lonely woman named Marita lived in the Portuguese village who encounters life-changing experience in a course of one evening.

In the fall of 2015 I have written the script of the short film “The memories of lands”, have raised money and have shooted it in Russia. Now I work on the promotion of this movie and look for the money and the people as a part of my art and technical crew to make the Portuguese short film “The evening of Marita”.

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Director Statement

The stories which concern me densely and organically live in me, are interwoven into my heart and soul. I don't imagine that I’ll shoot the movie based on somebody’s story. I am absolutely agree with Andrey Tarkovsky: the director should be the screenwriter of his movie.

Stories come to me as chaotic flashes and images, and the most difficult for me — not to begin to use my reason and rationality to create the movie. I try to follow this process and to extinguish it if I notice that something goes wrong. Creating a movie the most important that you have to do is to listen your heart, to follow his call, without thinking about the audience and critics.

The cinema for me is a big well. I come to it and I can see the clear and pure water at the bottom. This water is an ultimate goal of my movies. But to find this water, I have to drain the well and elevate the all the rest from the bottom. A cinema, being a challenge for the soul, for the heart, checking you for force, for sincerity, for honesty, gives to the person chance to grow and cure the soul.

A process of making a film is a self-healing and a way of life, there is no return to the past for those who once have let in Cinema the life.

The field of my interests are eternal subjects of life, death and love. Internal mystical processes in souls of heroes which push them to acts real and vital, at times fatal. Mystical circumstances. I’m really interested in creating of experimental forms of film language which will give to the viewer the chance to feel and understand cinema at the new level.