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The story about the Soviet fireman and his wife became widely known after the HBO TV series "Chernobyl". Our film TERRA VISIONIS tells the story of Ludmila Ignatenko 20 years after the tragedy. The film is based on the interview with Lyudmila published in the book "Voices from Chernobyl" by Svetlana Alexievich.
This is the story of a simple woman. You would not recognize her in crowd of others.But if you try to talk to her or maybe just look into her eyes you would plunge into a surreal world of her deepest tragical memories. Many years ago, she has lost her husband and child during the Chernobyl disaster. Her husband was a fireman who was one of the first who came to fight the fire to Chernobyl nuclear power station. Everyone who extinguished the fire that night died over the next two weeks. Years later, living her day to day life, she constantly scrolls through her memories and relives every moment of those last two weeks she spent next to her husband's hospital bed, watching him dying from radiation sickness and hoping for a miracle of salvation.
She tries to find the answer to the same question: why her husband died and whether she was guilty of the death of their child?

  • Vladimir Podgoretsky
    short film Unspoken
  • Vladimir Podgoretsky
    Unspoken, Zulya
  • Svetlana Alexievich
    Chernobyl ( HBO mini-series)
  • Vladimir Podgoretsky
    Unspoken, Zulya
  • Maria Bolshova
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Terra visionis
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Alexa mini
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • HollyShorts film festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 5, 2020
    World premiere
    Official Selection
  • Buenos Aires International Film Festival
    Buenos Aires
    November 5, 2020
    South American Premiere
    Offcial Selection
  • Oslo Film Festival
    January 21, 2021
    Norway premiere
  • Los Angeles Short Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 15, 2021
    Official selection
Director Biography - Vladimir Podgoretsky

Vladimir Podgoretsky - director, screenwriter, composer.

Vladimir graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2006. In 2009, he won a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States. Vladimir graduated from UCLA Film Scoring program in 2010. After graduation, Vladimir completed an internship at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions Company and continues to work with several composers of this company to this day.

       Currently Vladimir is graduating the Moscow Higher Courses of Directors and Scriptwriters. The film TERRA VISIONIS is the thesis of Vladimir.

Vladimir wrote scripts and the directed several other short films such as UNSPOKEN, Date story”, “ZULIA”

       During his work as a composer and orchestrator, Vladimir Vladimir composed music for a comedy Igra v Pravdu (aka The Game of Truth) from acclaimed producer Timur Bekmambetov and his company Bazelevs (Russia) and worked as a additional music composer with well known film composer Harry Gregson Wiliams on his film “Equalizer” and many others.

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Director Statement

Hi there!

My name is Vladimir Podgoretsky and I am the director of the short film TERRA VISIONIS.

Terra Visionis - film based on the real story of Ludmila Ignatenko from Svetlana Alexievich documentary book “ Chernobyl prayer” and this story became widely popular after HBO TV SERIES “CHERNOBYL” (the story of the firefighter wife)

We have a completely different approach to this story, because we are showing our main character Lyudmila Ignatenko 20 years after the Chernobyl tragedy. She lives a normal daily life in a modern small town, but inside she still experiences the loss of her husband, which happened at the Chernobyl station many years ago.

Personally, I have many connections to Chernobyl disaster and almost every person from my film crew has his own sad story connected to Chernobyl and that is why it was so important for us to make this movie. We wanted to make this film in honor of all the liquidators who are struggling with the consequences after their work at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Unfortunately, in Russia, we tend to forget their sacrifice for the sake of our future.
Therefore we made the movie focused on live of simple people who got affected by this disaster.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing back from you!