Antonina, an artist from Saint Petersburg, follows her husband, a political prisoner, to the deep north province of Russia. She starts teaching art in a local school, and is determined to lift the spirit of the downtrodden children in her class. But she finds herself opposed by a twelve-year-old boy, Misha, whose brother is a feared local gang leader.
2019 Vyborg Okno FF – Won critics award and special jury award
41st CAIRO IFF, Cairo, Egypt - International Premiere
The Festival of Russian Cinema, Honfleur, France - Won Grand Jury Prize and Best Actress Award , Nadezhda Gorelova
35th Santa Barbara IFF - International Competition / Russian Arcs (North American Premiere)
Award-winning Russian screenwriter and director, author of numerous TV series and several successful feature films for new wave of Russian modern cinema directors, including Mermaid (dir. Anna Melikyan, 2007) and Betrayal (dir. Kirill Serebrennikov, 2012).
Her feature debut as a director, The Daughter (2012), won the FIPRESCI Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Warsaw International Film Festival, Best Debut Award at the major national festival Kinotavr, and was selected for festivals in Honfleur (France), Cottbus (Germany), Gothenburg (Sweden),Palm Springs (USA), San Francisco (USA), Brussels (Belgium) and many others.