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Fine Line

The prosperous village of Sinegorye fell into decline after the collapse of the USSR. However, 22 years later, desperate locals are once again gaining hope for a bright future and the revival of the village.

Процветающий посёлок Синегорье пришёл в упадок после распада СССР. Однако спустя 22 года отчаявшиеся местные жители вновь приобретают надежду на светлое будущее и возрождение посёлка.

  • Anna Barsukova
  • Anna Barsukova
  • Anna Barsukova
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Между отчаянием и надеждой
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, Portrait, Disability, Social issues, Old Age, Other
  • Runtime:
    49 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    13,738 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Ultra HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • XXV All-Russian Shukshin Festival; Altai Krai, village of Srostki
    Russian Federation
    July 22, 2023
    Best Full-length documentary
Director Biography - Anna Barsukova

Anna Barsukova has been doing sports and played music since she was a child. She would compete for prizes in rhythmic gymnastics competitions and win first prizes in regional violin competitions. After completing, in 2001, her studies at the Academy of Music as a violinist and symphony orchestra conductor, Anna earned a higher degree from Rachmaninov State Conservatoire in Rostov, in 2006, and played together with many accomplished composers and musicians of our times including Yuriy Bashmet, Sergey Yakovenko, and Giya Kancheli. In 2016, Anna retrained for Film Direction, a degree she did with honors.

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Director Statement

Between despair and hope: Is there a way out?

When we’re in despair we often ask ourselves if our strivings still make sense. And as we watch the things we cared for fall apart, we lose touch with our goals. We lose our footing. Trapped in fear and emotional pain, we let go of the reins... The opposite of despair is hope. Hope is what inspires us to believe in better future, better outcome. If you have hope, all is not lost. The one who holds firmly to hope will never lose their guiding light and will do whatever they can to make it work.
A miracle always awaits us somewhere near despair.
There is always a place for miracles in the lives of those who have hope!

From the author
It’s the world of media consumption we are living in. Viewers seem to have high expectations of cinematography and low frustration tolerance. Edifying content is what they want least. All moviegoers want today is entertainment and easily digestible content. But can something which is superfluous encourage people to think? One source of compelling contents offering cognitive enrichment and entertainment is documentary film genre. A great documentary makes us look inward and ask, “Who am I and why am I here? What is my purpose?” It immerses us into the story world, evokes emotions and even inspires to take action. When the audience identify with the character, that character becomes their guide, their vehicle towards their dreams.
One of the great benefits of documentary film genre is that it allows filmmakers to use real people in real life situations to tell a story.
In documentaries, characters live normal life, allowing the camera to watch them from the side. The many hours of footage get transformed into a short film, the scattered frames become one whole story, the natural course of events builds into scenario. Sometimes life gives us stories that just cannot be made up.

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