Private Project


The documentary follows two figure-skating pairs, Russia's Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert, and the USA's Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc, all trained by Nina Mozer, one of the world's most decorated coaches.

The film tells four honest and sometimes shocking stories of hard work, pain, prejudice, adrenaline, and the joy of victory.

  • Dan Grin
    The Monk
  • Ildar Krimcheev
    Scary Bride
  • Rick Irvin
    Heavenly Deposit, The Intermediate, Intersection
  • Dan Grin
    The Monk, Scary Bride
  • Matvey Stavitsky
    Director of Photography
    Russky Bes, The Tomb, My Spot
  • Igor Muganov
    Sound Supervisor
    Scary Bride
  • Ryan Whyman
    One Day at a Time, Wake, The Impossible
  • Marc Wielage, CSI
    Digital Intermediate Colorist
    Wild Hogs, Blades of Glory, The Kids Are All Right
  • Dan Grin
  • Shane Rowe
    Titles Artist
  • Valentin Alt
    Conform Artist
  • Steve Bannerman
    DI Executive Producer
  • Igor Muganov
    Sound Mixer
    Scary Bride
  • Andrew Tarasenko
    Assistant Sound Mixer
  • Nina Mozer
    Key Cast
    "herself "
  • Natalia Zabiiako
    Key Cast
  • Alexandr Enbert
    Key Cast
    "himself "
  • Ashley Cain-Gribble
    Key Cast
  • Timothy LeDuc
    Key Cast
  • Vladislav Zhovnirski
    Key Cast
  • Tatiana Druchinina
    Key Cast
  • Peter Cain
    Key Cast
    "himself "
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Sport
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 38 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 9, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Estonia, Japan
  • Language:
    English, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Shoreline Entertainment
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • Kinoland
    Country: Russian Federation
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Dan Grin

Winner of international film festivals Newport Beach (California, USA), 60th Rochester (New York, USA), IPFF Orlando (Florida, USA), Vaughan (Toronto, Canada), North Hollywood (California, USA), and others.

Danil began his career with the post of assistant to director Nikolai Lebedev in the film "Crew". After that he shot several short films. The film "Monk" (2017) with Tatyana Arntgolts and Sergey Kempo in the lead roles became the laureate of many international film festivals and received good reviews from the audience.

In 2020 the comedy "Scary Bride" by Danil is released in the USA and Canada, and in Russia the cinema rental of the full-length documentary "Unbroken" starts in September.

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Director Statement

Throughout my journeys across many countries I have had the chance to talk to people who have nothing in common among them. Different nationalities, skin complexions, cultural heritage, religions, social status, and ages somehow subconsciously merged together in my mind to fall under a single definition. I have formed a clear idea, nobody wants war.

However simple it may seem, in these days of geopolitical turmoil and cheap populism mixed with manipulation, where the powerful favors the weak just to tie the latter even closer and get drunk on his power, it is harder than ever to stay humane.

An Italian painter, an Israeli jewelry salesman, a Greek farmer, an American banker, a Japanese fisherman, all of them share the same dreams, goals, and aspirations. They also share fears and sorrow. I am talking, of course, about the direction of the general thought that walks beside us from birth to death. Looking into the eyes of each one of those I have mentioned, seeing their identical smiles, I have got convinced that we are all the same nation called mankind.

I was introduced to the world of figure skating by my wife who is one of the characters in the movie. First and foremost I wanted to tell a story of ordinary guys not focusing on their superstar athlete status. I was trying to tell the stories of each one of them in a short time span to the best of my abilities. This is why I have never wanted this to be a sports movie. Figure skating is just a part of each one of the characters’ lives and a means to convey the story. They might look different at first glance but they clearly share a goal. The first notes of the music for their routine is a call to arms. Watching these Russian and American youngsters who compete on the ice and, despite all of the propaganda, find a chance to share a laugh, inspire and support each other, I realized that borders are not formed by maps in school classes but rather by people who are devoted to what they do while keeping their faith in kindness and support for each other. This realization alongside the notion of universal ideas inspired me to work on this project.

Hopefully, we have managed to tell an honest story so that the viewers could see real people as opposed to pretty silhouettes we see during tournaments. We will show the backstage of the figure skating world and guide you through everyday training. New and upcoming athletes may feel close to the characters and find new inspiration.