The Granny's Apocrypha

"This story was told to me by my grandmother in early childhood.
Now I know about it much more but still remember those first childhood experiences."
Saw and imagined in the children's fantasy the story of grandmother of Christ and the Apostles a little girl.
Today few people remember that just a few decades ago
in the village houses next to the icons you could still see the popular prints on religious themes.
They finally disappeared from use only in the 60-ies of the last century.
Of course, their creators were not professional painters or connoisseurs of theology.
Drew, as best they could, she felt, not knowing neither rules nor laws.
Simple uneducated people, nuggets, sought to glorify God with their creativity, that resonates in the hearts of those of peasants or artisans as they are.
The film is voiced by ancient tunes of Vladimir horn players recorded from gramophone records of the early 20th century.

  • Dmitri Frolov
  • Dmitri Frolov, Dmitry Ignatov, Natalia Surkova
  • Dmitri Frolov
  • Vladimir Legkov
    Key Cast
    "Teacher "
  • Anastasiya Shkirskaya
    Key Cast
    "Grandma "
  • Liza Frolova
    Key Cast
    "Granddaughter "
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Short
  • Genres:
    Splint film, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2001
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Shooting Format:
    16 mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 4-th International Independent Film Festival, St.Petersburg, Russia, November, 2001; "St.Petersburg 2001" Art Biennale, "Manage", Central Exhibition Hall, Russia, January, 2002.
  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival

    United States
    December 1, 2019
    Official Selection, TOP10
  • Once a Week Online Film Festival

    United States
    January 1, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Global Monthly Online Film Competition

    July 6, 2021
Director Biography - Dmitri Frolov

Dmitri Frolov was born in Leningrad in 1966. He graduated from The Institute of Film & Television in 1990.
He worked at LENFILM Studios and then for the STV film company as a cameraman, in which capacity he has worked with many independent filmmakers.
He began to shoot his own films before the start of perestroika, in the early 1980s, He is one of the leaders of russian movievanguard in postperestroika age. He makes esthetic experiments connecting with return to dumb cinema on new level of movielanguage.
His films he shoots exclusively on film company "Svema". Even despite the fact that the film material, said the factory was left far in the Soviet past, and the film is not released, he revives the footage, while continuing to be faithful to the brand selected more child. When asked why, he replied that only "Svema" because of its unpredictability and non-uniformity of the emulsion, is the living material, which is able to convey the thrill of the character of life and even the seemingly inanimate object.

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