Poplar, can you hear me?

Sanya blames her father for her mother's death: he was driving at the time of the accident. In the park, Sanya climbs on the poplar and falls. And he begins to understand the language of trees. The boy learns that poplar and birch were planted by his parents. Returning from school, Sanya sees that the trees are being sawn. He tries to stop the workers to no avail. Sanya digs up a poplar shoot and plants it under a window. He loses his unusual gift, but saves the relationship with his father.

  • Майя Горбунова
  • Майя Горбунова
  • Майя Горбунова
  • Евгений Юркин
    Key Cast
  • Артем Радостев
    Key Cast
    "отец "
  • Надежда Рудакова
    Key Cast
    "мама "
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Тополь, слышишь?
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, mp4 Н.264 20mbit 1,34 Г
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35 (SCOPE)
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Майя Горбунова

Gorbunova Maya, 46 years old.
Graduated from the Philological Faculty of Perm State University (1998).
Married, three children.
She worked as a press secretary in non-profit organizations in Perm, as a correspondent for the Social Information Agency. For the last 15 years – in the press services of industrial enterprises of Perm.
In 2020, she graduated from the courses of feature short films at the Film School at Permkino (course master Galina Krasnoborova).
In 2021 – script skills courses of the Pishukino school by Alla Damsker (Moscow); short film courses at the Permkino Film School (course master Alexey Romanov). Together with her fellow students, she shot a short film "Alive!" (written and directed by Elena Kuzovleva), she served as a producer in the team.
"Poplar, do you hear?" - the debut film as a screenwriter and director.

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Director Statement

Two years ago, 27 trees, including a large poplar, were illegally cut down in the yard of my house. For me, it was as painful as the death of a loved one. I wrote a statement to the prosecutor's office, a criminal case was opened, which never ended in anything. The guilty are not only not punished, but are also going to build a house on this site. After cutting down the trees, I wrote the script, and a year later I made this film.