Short Story

USSR dictatorship could make anyone its accomplice. Evil and good in people existed hand to hand. The protagonist survived as a little girl thanks to her father's executioner; he got their home, but let her stay; she looks after him till his last days, but never forgets what he did to her father.
One and the same dream haunts her. The dream urges the old woman to wonder what is hidden behind a wall carpet in the old man's room...
As the writer and director, I would like to stress that the same actor plays both the girl’s father and her father’s executioner, young and old. Through the casting, I wanted to emphasise how deeply inseparable evil and good were under Stalin’s regime.
Another point to clarify, a long TV speech, kind of Big-Brother’s abracadabra speech, zombifying the old man, even though fictitious, could be broadcast for real by a modern Russian TV channel. This one is to show that Orwell’s 1984 is here.
Inspired by Robert Bresson's films, I have made the sound rather minimalistic. To me, natural sounds as part of the female character's memories are more touching than music could be.

  • Anar Azimov
  • Anar Azimov
  • Vusala Allahverdiyeva
  • Oleg Wenger
    Key Cast
  • Yelena Novikova
    Key Cast
  • Victoria Azarova
    Key Cast
  • Oleksandr Nykonovych
    Director of Photography
  • Vlad Donchenko
    Sound Designer
  • Roman Bolgarov
  • Anar Azimov
  • 9pro video (Yuri Sergienko and Bohdan Lyudvik)
    Service production
  • Yana Gatsenko
  • Svetlana Sokolova
    Hand Artist
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    7 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 3, 2016
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    Video HD
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Director Biography - Anar Azimov

Born in 1969. PhD in Philosophy (1995). British Council Playwright Course graduate (1999). Alexander Sokurov’s Film Directing online course graduate (2021).

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