When a lethal virus spreads around the world and authorities enact self-isolation guidelines, uncertainties as to how to proceed in face of the sudden fracture in daily life also emerge and propagate amidst new rules, fake news, fear, and neglect of the State. In this film, Tatiana Chistova portrays the atmosphere at the beginning of the pandemic in St. Petersburg, providing images of a paralyzed city and countless calls to service channels by elderly people, who feel both helpless and angry at the government’s handling of the crisis. *(M.M)
Tatiana Chistova is Russian director and screenwriter, born in St. Petersburg. Graduated from St. Petersburg University (Philological department, Master’s degree). Worked as assistant director in Lenfilm production studio. As 1st AD worked with world-famous Russian directors as Alexander Sokurov, Sergey Bodrov, Alexey Balabanov. Later graduated from Higher Courses for Film Directors in Moscow (the department of directing of feature and documentary movies) and started to write and direct her own films since.
DOK Leipzig IFF
Message to Man IFF