awards: 10th New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław - FIPRESCI Award
polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
release date: 13.05.2011
Mama is the debut by Nikolay and Yelena Renard, filmmakers increasingly acclaimed as the voice of Russian cinema. The two leading characters, mother and son, are shuttered in a claustrophobic dirty flat with lives limited to perfunctorily performed daily rites, shown in languid sequences of eating, feeding, and washing. We know nothing of their past, but that this 40-year-old son is at the mercy of the overprotective parent due to his overwhelming obesity. This para-documentary uses long shots of silent people, whose existence is limited to a bare minimum, and avoids unnecessary voiceover commentary.
Nikolay Renard, Yelena Renard
Born in Russia in 1979. She is a self-educated filmmaker. In 2010 in cooperation with her husband Nikolay, she debuted with her first film, Mama.
Born in Russia in 1980. He sudied at the Postgraduate School of Scriptwriters and Film Directors in Moscow. The film Mama, made together with his wife Yelena, is his debut as a director and screenwriter.