Private Project


"Hermit” is a creative artistic documentary emphasizing on visual expression, atmospheric imagery and simplicity of form. Shot on the Valamo archipelago on Lake Ladoga in the North-West of Russia, it portrays an ascetic meteorologist who for many years lives and works on a distant meteorological station in a sort of a voluntary exile from the society he once belonged to. Through an intent gaze on the protagonist’s ascetic but charming lifestyle, the film leads into a world, where the continuous ritual of observation, measurement and the fixation of atmospheric conditions determine all. The film’s creators invite viewers to peer into and listen to the harmony of the North with the eyes and the ears of its lyrical character.

  • Dimitri Lurie
  • Dimitri Lurie
  • Dimitri Lurie
  • Dimitri Lurie
    Key Cast
  • Stas Mareev
    Key Cast
    Special FX
  • Dmitri Ivanov
    Key Cast
    Composer / Sound design
  • Dimitri Lurie
    Key Cast
  • Igor Nourgaliev
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Portrait, Nature, Experimental, Atmospheric
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 4, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HDV, Super8-mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Minimalen - International Short Film Festival
    January 29, 2016
  • Lisbon International Film Festival
    February 14, 2016
  • EastSilver Documentary Film Market
    Czech Republic
    October 25, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Vera Mokhova
    Country: Norway
    Rights: Internet, Theatrical, Free TV
Director Biography - Dimitri Lurie

Dimitri Lurie, born 1970 in Leningrad USSR,

Educated in

State Fine Art Academy, Oslo, Norway.
Religion & Philosophy Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia.
State Technical University, St. Petersburg.

Dimitri Lurie is a representative of the European art film community and has a particular poetic voice. His credo is to experiment with a visual nature of film and
its atmosphere rather a direct storytelling. Lurie has made over twenty documentaries and short films along with various art projects. Dimitri works have been shown worldwide at various international film festivals, art affairs and museums and collected prestigious awards.

Filmography (selected films):
2019 "Between C & D"
2018 "The Sun Monopoly"
2016 “Hermit”
2012. “Refraction”
2010 “A Sence of a Maze”
2009 "Samsara-Vertigo"
2007 “Theatre of Tears”
2007 “Flashes of Persia”
2006 ”Hat of Fools”
2005 “Lisa and Hitler”
2004 “Black on White”
2001 “Split”
2000 “Aftertaste”
1998 “Looking for Margarita”
1996 “Emptiness”


State Fine Art Academy, Oslo, Norway.
Religion & Philosophy Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia.
State Technical University, St. Petersburg.

Selected Film Festivals participated:

EastSilver, Jihlava/Prague, Czechia
Minimalen, Trondheim, Norway
Open Cinema, St. Petersburg, Russia.
MediaMed, Barcelona, Spain.
World Film, Tartu, Estonia.
JIDFF, Czech Republic.
Kortfilmfestivalen, Grimstad, Norway.
Art Film Festival, AFIA, Aarhus, Denmark.
Pure Day Dreams, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Bergen International Film Festival, Norway.
Kinoteatr.doc, Moscow, Russia.
Scratch Show, Light Cone, Paris, France.
Capalbio Cinema, Rome, Italy.
Monte Catino Terme, Italy.
Black Box, Leningrad, USSR.
Lurie’s works can are to be found in various film & video archives and museums
of contemporary art such as:
Light Cone - experimental film archive in Paris,
The Norway's Videokunstarkivet,
Cyland' Video Art archive St. Petersburg,
SKMU Kristiansand, Norway.
Since 1999 Dimitri lives and works in Oslo, Norway

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Director Statement

My creative profile consists of diverse genres and visual techniques: imaginative photography, cinematographic poetry, documentaries, short fiction films, experimental non-narrative video and spatial video installations.
I'm not a conventional film director but rather a playful experimenter and innovator in film language. I'm in search for new expressive forms to reflect phenomena of being and to question deeper meanings in the different aspects of human existence.
I profess filmmaking principles of the spontaneous cinema that captures and conceptualizes daily life and as the starting point for constructing a movie.
This tradition traces its roots to the direct cinema of the revolutionary artist Dziga Vertov with his observational methods.
From the "Kino-Eye" group I have particularly inherited its lyrical use of a documentary footage.
Yet, apparently I've become interested in subjects that are imagined rather than directly observable. And here I recall my other inspirer-Sergey Paradjanov's spiritual, poetical and highly artistic cinema.
Thus, when some of my works reflect the historical or contemporary social processes passed through the prisms of my artistic perception; others seek to represent the intersections between daily life practices and the imagined connections, and to draw out their metaphysical ramifications.
By using photography, film and video as a mean or a tool, I wish to become an intermediary transmission for the future generations of the universal true.