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Leaving Stockholm

Leaving Stockholm is a mockumentary that explores the fictional story of a teenage girl, Helen, who was abducted as a child and kept captive for five years. The film concentrates on her life two years after her release, and her rehabilitation back into her old life.
In a reunion that should have led to a happy ending, reality takes another turn when the aftermath of Helen’s abduction leaves many conflicts and unresolved issues in play between Helen and her mother. Her mother, Rosalind, recognises the fragility in Helen that no one else sees, and as a means of protecting her daughter, is against making the documentary. The film builds to a climax when Helen’s kidnapper hang’s himself in prison, and leaves Helen the house in which he kept her captive.

  • Natalia Ambarnikova
    Director
  • Zein Kurdi
    Writer
  • Zein Kurdi
    Producer
    Decor
  • Daisy Ward
    Key Cast
  • Veronica Quilligan
    Key Cast
    Robin and Marian (1976), Lisztomania (1975),
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Natalia Ambarnikova

Natalia Ambarnikova is a Russian film director based in Shanghai, China. She directed her debut short film "Leaving Stockholm" in 2014, after studying film at the Central Film School in London, UK.

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