This is Edik: A tale of a Gifted and Stolen Childhood

A documentary film about Eduard Uspensky, the brilliant, yet tortured, writer and creator of beloved children’s characters, including Cheburashka. The film includes interviews with Uspensky’s colleagues and family, as well as excerpts from interviews with Uspensky, who is portrayed in the film as an animated character.

  • Ivan Proskuryakov
  • Roman Super
  • Alexander Urzhanov
  • Uspensky Eduard
    Key Cast
  • Yuriy Entin
    Key Cast
  • Grigoriy Oster
    Key Cast
  • Igor Kovalyov
    Key Cast
  • Hannu Mäkelä
    Key Cast
  • Leonid Shvartsman
    Key Cast
  • Grigoriy Gladkov
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental
  • Genres:
    bio, horror, animation, drama, documentary, experimental, fairy tale
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 53 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2000
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Artdocfest 2021
    Russian Federation
    November 25, 2020
    Premiere streaming platform
    Official selection
  • National Documentary Awards : Laurel
    Russian Federation
    December 15, 2021
    Nomination "Best popular science or educational film"
  • Russian Film Week in New York
    New York
    United States
    January 21, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official selection
Director Biography - Ivan Proskuryakov

Friends call me Vanjatka. Because it sounds like I've never grown up.
I love craft. I love analog techniques in cinema. I love my heroes.
Also I shot about 200 commercials since 2009, and got awards for a part of them.
I love peace worth fighting for.
I live in Uzbekistan because I had to flee from the aggressor country.

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Director Statement

I live to try to change the world towards progress and love for the human personality.