The Girl and the Snail

Sue, an assimilated Sakhalin Ainu girl. Her beloved grandfather dies, but the bond with him is not broken. Her grandfather comes to her in a dream and gives her the Snail, which turns out to be a guide to the world of ancestors and the subconscious. In Russia, the Ainu are still not officially recognised, they are considered to be people without nationality. The Ainu people of Sakhalin date back 13,000 years, the film uses their extinct language and references to their mythology and culture.

  • Helga Efre
    Director
  • Helga Efre
    Writer
  • Helga Efre
    Producer
  • Seydulla Moldakhanov
    Key Cast
    "Grandfather"
  • Alena Zotova
    Key Cast
    "Sue"
  • Malika Lapshina
    Key Cast
    "Lelya"
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
    Russian
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • XX Amur Autumn Film Festival 2022
  • XXVII International Film Festival Cinema for Children 2022

    Winner
  • Esoteric International Film Festival 2022

    Award Winner
  • International Festival of Buddhist Cinema
  • MosFilmFest International Film Festival

    Finalist
  • International Film Festival of Sound Directors INTONATIONS
  • Independent Film Festival Greece 2022

    Finalist
  • Filmmaker Sessions PinewoodStudios 2022
Director Biography - Helga Efre

Helga Efre is a director, a screenwriter, an actress and a producer.
Member of the Filmmakers' Union.
Member of the jury of two International Film festivals.
Mentor for meditation, developed her author's system of productivity and happy life "YOU SUN".

Helga graduated GITIS as an actress. She played more than 30 roles in the theatre and cinema.
She writes drama plays for theatres in Moscow. Helga was awarded a 2 prize, as a poetess, for contribution to the development of literature.

She shoots her first films in Los Angeles: the tale "Elpha"(2017), and "The Blue Dream"(2018), about conscious dreams. Then she works as a producer in a London film studios.
Helga graduated Wordshop Academy, screenwriting workshop by Yuri Korotkov and filmmaking workshop, as director in 2019.
She has written scripts for eight films in Berlin, St Petersburg and Moscow.
In 2022 completes feature film and animation: "The Girl and the Snail. Currently in production full-length documentary: "The Thousand-faced Goddess" dedicated to spiritual practices and self-development.

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Director Statement

I was born in the family of an artist. I started looking for an answer to why we are here again, at 3 years old. Beginning from my early childhood I have been interested art, literature and metaphysics. Then I lived in a monastery for seven years. I left only one religion, at 16 years old and went headlong into creating different kinds of art.

My amazing Alchemist's Path is 35 countries long and I have explored different secret exercises and lines of practical knowledge. In my opinion, cinema should expand one's consciousness, transform the human soul, cleanse one of pain and fill one with light.
Every day i practice meditation world Peace and Love, Buddhism, Ahimsa, and Taoism. We are created out of the great Void, as is the entire Universe. We are great souls, eternal, luminous beings.

The darker the night, the brighter the stars.
May the light and power be with you.