2017, Russia, 65 min., 16+
about the film
  • Director
    Andrei Silvestrov
  • Production
    League of Experimental Films
    Cosmosfi lm
    Elixir Company
  • Producers
    Vadim Bogdanov
    Tikhon Pendiurin
    Andrei Silvestrov
    Alexander Starikov
  • Cast
    Andrei Rodionov
    Ksenia Orlova
    Dmitri Brusnikin
    Mikhail Efremov
    Denis Yasik
    Anna Mongait
    Denis Kataev
All day long the TV shows an ice-hole. Ice-holes are the theme of the day, a winter tradition that unites believers and sportsmen, stars and walruses, the president and the unemployed. In the centre of the news reports are the topics of Baptism, fi shing and the criminal chronicle. The president and a pike, the artist and the critics, the oligarch and the law enforcement team – they all meet at an icehole in search of solutions for their problems. The jobless Muscovite, with bad habits, dives down an ice-hole for a wife, just like Sadko. The fairytale plots intertwine with documentary context, and it is no longer clear where reality ends. Remember Nietzsche: if you long gaze into the abyss, the abyss will also gaze into you.