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Russia, 2010 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Aleksei Fedorchenko


"Lyrical and mysterious... takes the viewer on a voyage into the human soul." - Hollywood Reporter

Silent Souls follows Aist, a professional photographer and writer, and his boss Miron, as they travel through Russia on a mission to cremate Miron's beloved wife. As two descendants of the Merja people, an old tribe which has long been assimilated, their trip is a final pilgrimage to send the woman into the afterlife in accordance with the traditions of their people.

In Silent Souls, filmmaker Aleksei Fedorchenko wrestles with tradition, life and mortality against a backdrop of stunning imagery and wintry landscapes that pay homage to the two gods of Merjan belief: love and water.

"An elliptical enigma conveying an odd exhilaration." - Slant

D Aleksei Fedorchenko P Igor Mishin, Mary Nazari S Denis Osokin Dist Icon L Russian w/English subtitles TD DCP/2010

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