Our second feature for Sunday, August 26th is a powerful narrative film from Russian filmmaker Roman Zhigalov.

The Forest

Screening on Sunday, August 26th from 1pm-2:40pm

Danila is sixteen. Katya is twice his age. He spends hours watching her out of the corner of his eye from an old shed on the edge of the forest. He does not even think about trying to be with her until Danila’s father shows up on Katya’s doorstep in an attempt to run away from his avalanching problems.

Father and son are drawn into a turmoil of events where neighbor turns against neighbor, dividing the community into “us” and “them”. The strong show more and more disregard and contempt the weak, pushing everyone’s life towards a disaster.

Director Biography – Roman Zhigalov

Born in the North of Russia in the Arkhangelsk Region; now resides in Moscow. Graduated from the Northern Arctic Federal University. Since 2007 working in film and television making in various capacities. The past three years fully dedicated to filming his first feature film named «The Forest».

What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

My film is about life in a Russian village. And metaphorically it is transferred to life of the whole country. I grew up in a village. My family lives there. I am very concerned that their lives are really hard and unfair. And the situation is getting worse. Social situation, legislative, demographic and moral. Injustice and hatred are growing. The Russian village is dying out literally and figuratively. It hurts me. And I cannot keep quiet about it. I cannot fail to raise this problem and to discuss it.

What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples or stories about this from your project screening at the 2018 MWFF?

Day of the end of the shooting period. By this point, the whole crew becomes a family, people become relatives to each other. There comes a point when the work is over and you can exhale and have fun all together. It is indescribable great feeling of created real friendship. There was a very friendly team on my film. The money ran out during the filming and the crew worked for free to complete the film. Only a real family could do that.

What are some influences for you on this project and/or you as a filmmaker in general?

Everything affects me. People around, events, news, movies, music, the whole culture. The Director is a 24-hour profession, you have to absorb your time to broadcast its essence through the film language.

Let’s say you have a chance to screen one film for everyone in the world. What would it be and why?

I do not think, I will be original on this matter. It is Citizen Kane by Orson Welles. Not just because it is a masterpiece. This film tells something important about all people. It is absolutely impossible to formulate in words, but you can only feel it no matter in what corner of the Earth you live.

TRT: 96:55
Russian Federation

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