Above the Lake

The movie is based on poetry of russian poet Alexander Blok. It is not just a screen version as usual. It is a reconstruction of a cinema of the beginning of XX century, made by our contemporaries. Being poetical and philosophical reflection of a perception of Blok’s poetry, the film at the same time renders an atmosphere of legendary “Silver Age” of russian poetry.

A poor consumptive poet dreams about a meeting with the muse, but it is already impossible for him. Being immersed in mystical catalepsy, he sees her as though in reality. The film is made with the original music, written and performed by Sergey Oskolkov.

  • Dmitri Frolov
    Director
  • Dmitri Frolov
    Writer
  • Dmitri Frolov
    Producer
  • : Peter Kremis, Romil Rachev, Natalya Surkova
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 7, 2006
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
    French, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    35 mm (dumb) or Video
  • Aspect Ratio:
    3:4
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 30-th International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands, January, 2001; X International Festival of Arts "Sergey Oskolkov and his friends", St-Petersburg, Peterhof, Oranienbaum, Russia, June 2006; 9-th International Independent Film Festival, St.Petersburg, Russia, November, 2006; 16-th Experimental Cinema Week, Madrid, Spain, November, 2006; 3-rd International Festival of Audio-visual Arts "VIDEOLOGIA", Volgograd, December 2006; 5-th Pune International Film Festival, India, January, 2007; 11-th Sergey Kurehina's SKIF international festival, St.Petersburg, April, 2007
  • MEDIAWAVE - 6th "On the Road" Online Film Festival
    Győr
    Hungary
    March 1, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Light & Future International Film Festival
    Houston
    United States
    March 31, 2019
    Award Winner: Best Experimental Short
  • Once a Week Online Film Festival

    United States
    September 18, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival

    United States
    October 2, 2019
    Official Selection, TOP 10 of Week (5th Rank) of 40th Week of 2019, TOP 10 of Week (5th Rank) of 41st Week of 2019, TOP 10 of Week (5th Rank) of 42nd Week of 2019, TOP 10 of Week (6th Rank) of 43rd Week of 2019, TOP 10 of Week (8th Rank) of 44th Week of 2019, TOP 10 of Week (7th Rank) of 45th Week of 2019, TOP 10 of Week (3rd Rank) of 46th Week of 2019
  • 10th international Biennale "Art Bridge-Watercolor 2019"
    St.Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    December 7, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Silente
    Puebla
    Mexico
    December 7, 2019
    Award Winner
  • Madras Independent Film Festival
    Madras
    India
    July 7, 2020
    Award Winner - Special Mention Award
  • Global Monthly Online Film Competition

    Canada
    August 8, 2020
    Winner: 'Best Experimental Short', 'Best Director Short'
  • Kosice International Monthly Film Festival
    Košice
    Slovakia
    January 11, 2021
    WINNER: Honorable Mention: Experimental
  • Kino Pleme / Live Soundtrack
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    April 30, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Gralha International Monthly Film Awards
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    May 1, 2021
    BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM
  • Hallucinea Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    June 21, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Aurora Film Festival
    San Potito Sannitico
    Italy
    August 14, 2021
    FINALIST
  • Accord Cine Fest
    Mumbai
    India
    September 3, 2021
    FINALIST
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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