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Hare Hunting

Igor Voloshin
Okhota na zaytsev
Russia 2003 / 23’

A grandfather and his grandson meet over the grandmother’s grave. While the child is too young to understand what happened, he notices the cold emanating from the deceased woman’s body. The grandfather is too old to not try and hide the vastness of his loss from the child. He tries to hide, to be alone, but is nevertheless unable to find peace. When the two set out hare hunting into the woods, they get closer together and try, each in his way, to re-establish their relationship with the world following the grandmother’s death. Surrounded by nature, they bridge the yawning generational gap, lose the binding inhibitions and established conventions that keep – particularly the grandfather – from manifesting pain and despair. Will this forest journey cleanse the heart and soul?

Urszula Lipińska

Igor Voloshin

Born in 1974 in Sevastopol, Igor Voloshin began acting in a community theatre in 1992, and in 1993, became the frontman of the punk rock band, Delicatessen. He studied acting at the State Theatre Institute in Yaroslavl. In 1998-2000, he studied Screenwriting, Documentary and TV direction at the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. After graduation, Voloshin returned to his hometown and worked at the local Volkov Theatre Academy. He wrote and directed about a dozen plays, in which he also starred, to then become involved with the cinema and begin working with Sverdlovskaya Kinostudiya production company. It was there that he created his first shorts, including the documentary Bitch (2002) which won him the award for Best First Appearance as well as the FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut at IDFA in 2001. Together with producer Alexandr Orlov, Voloshin runs the Bulldozerfilms film production company.

Selected filmography

2002 Suka / Bitch (doc., short)

2003 Polowanie na zające / Okhota na zaytsev / Hare Hunting (short)

2008 Nirwana / Nirvana

2009 Ja / Ya / I Am

2011 Beduin / Bedouin

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Igor Voloshin
screenplay Alexey Fedorchenko, based on short novel by Kenji Maruyama
cinematography Andrey Naydyonov
editing Ludmila Zalozhneva
music Leonid Fyodorov, Anton Gouzer, Sainkho Namtchylak
cast Piotr Zaychenko, Roman Medvedev, Olga Simonova
producer Alexey Fedorchenko
production Sverdlovsk Film Studio
sales Alexey Fedorchenko
source of print Igor Voloshin
language Russian
colouration colour