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Conference

Ivan I. TVERDOVSKIY
Russia, Estonia, UK, Italy 2020 136min DCP color Fiction 15 Korean Premiere
Overview

Natalia, a nun from a remote Russian monastery, comes to Moscow 17 years after the terrorist attack in Dubrovka Theatre. She was sent there to organize a memorial evening for the victims of the attack. Following the chronology of the events as told by a few participants in the memorial evening, we learn the dark details of Natalia’s personal story.

Review

On October 23, 2002, 47 armed Chechens seized the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow, taking about 900 people hostage. In three days, the Moscow theater hostage crisis ended in a tragedy. Special forces soldiers pumped toxic gas into the theater and killed at least 170 people. Conference is set 17 years after the crisis to talk about healing, expiation, and salvation. Natasha, a nun, comes to Moscow to organize a memorial evening at the Dubrovka theater. The survivors, who were hostages at the crisis, attended the evening to talk about their traumatic experience to find healing. Their stories are sad and they sound more and more desperate, as we learn the dark details of Natatsha’s own personal story. Together, the film lets us sense the powerful forces of traumatic memories. The filmmaker creates a uniquely slow pace of this film with which agony transfers from the screen to the viewers. (MOON Seok)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayIvan I. TVERDOVSKIY
  • ProducerKaterina MIKHAYLOVA
  • CinematographyFedor GLAZACHEV
  • Production DesignVanya BOWDEN
  • MusicSten SHERIPOV
  • EditorIvan I. TVERDOVSKIY
  • SoundHorret KUUS
CastNatalya PAVLENKOVA, Natalya POTAPOVA, Kseniya ZUEVA, Yan TSAPNIK
FILM SOURCE
REASON8 Films / ak@reason8films.com
DIRECTOR
Ivan I. TVERDOVSKIY
Ivan I. Tverdovskiy was born in Moscow in 1988 and graduated from the VGIK, Moscow, workshop by Alexei Uchitel. Conference is his fourth film.
Sponsor
Jeonju Office

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JEONJU Cine Complex

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