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Galina Myznikova, Sergey Provorov
Russia 2008 / 30’

Despair has something of a desperate ballet amidst an endless snow desert, only a small forest nearby, one that ensures neither warmth, nor shelter; in case of danger, there is no way out. The characters are perfectly aware of this, knowing they will survive only by staying together. They unanimously adopt a breakneck grotesque camouflage strategy. Disguised as trees, they take small steps to blend in with the natural surroundings and remain unnoticed ion such a boundless wilderness. The escape becomes more and more dramatic as their subterfuge fails. Danger nips at their heels, thrusting out its fatal hands in their direction.

Urszula Lipińska


Rotterdam IFF 2009 – Best Short Film

Galina Myznikova, Sergey Provorov

Galina Myznikova and Sergey Provorov are Russian directors from Nizhny Novgorod (earlier known as Gorky). Galina Myznikova was born in 1968, while Sergey Provorov in 1970, and since 1998 – as PROVMYZA – they have cooperated on various artistic projects, making several dozens of works in video art, opera, installation, photography and film. Their short films were shown at numerous international festivals, for instance in the Netherlands, Italy, France and Brazil. The opera Marevo, co-directed by Myznikova and Provorov, received the Innovation Prize 2012 during the 8th All-Russian Competition in Contemporary Visual Art. They both live in Nizhny Novgorod.

Selected filmography

2005 Wet Table (co-dir., short)

2006 Skolzkaya gora / The Slippery Mountain (co-dir., short)

2007 Fugue (co-dir., short)

2008 Rozpacz / Otchayaniye / Despair (co-dir., short)

2010 Voodshevlenie / Inspiration (co-dir., short)

2011 Kołysanka / Kolybel’naya / Lullaby (co-dir., short)

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Galina Myznikova, Sergey Provorov
screenplay Galina Myznikova, Sergey Provorov
cinematography Vsevolod Schuchayev, Sergey Provorov
editing Sergey Provorov
music Sergey Provorov
sound Sergey Provorov
cast Andrey Nosov, Alexandr Kuritsin, Ivan Yaroschovets
producer Galina Myznikova
production PROVMYZA
language no dialogues
colouration b&w