A city boy turned potato farmer, Sasha has moved to Russia’s Nordic countryside driven by what turned out to be illusions and idealistic ambition. The reality proved much less rosy, but Sasha is offered a break when the local Town Hall offers to buy out his farmland and repay his debts. An excellent chance to return to the city, taking along his sweetheart Anna, who happens to work at the Town Hall. The deal is closed and Sasha’s farm is set to be shut down, but the local villagers rise up in protest. They plea Sasha to protect them and save the farm, their only means of subsistence. Sasha is moved by the villagers’ sudden eagerness to elect him their leader and all the love and hope they invest in him. When Sasha tries to pull breaks on the lucrative deal, the local officials can’t help but treat is as symptoms of a mental disorder. Sasha’s personal life also goes through a crisis when Anna can’t get over his decision, taking it for a refusal to share a life in the city with her. Sasha finds himself entangled in a web of passion, pride, and irreversible actions...
CAST & CREW
Roman Borisevich, Alexander Kushaev
Alexander Rodionov, Boris Khlebnikov
Director of Photography
Alexander Yatsenko, Eugene Sitiy, Anna Kotova, Vladimir Korobeinikov, Sergey Nasedkin …
Koktebel Film Company
Born 1972, Moskow. For two years he studied biology at Moscow State Pedagogical Institute before beginning his study of Film Theory Department at Moscow State Film Institute (VGIK). In VGIK he made a short film Passing by with Aleksey Popogrebsky. On his own he went on to make Clever Frog (short). His debut as a director of a full length feature film was Koktebel (together with Aleksey Popogrebsky).
2013 - A Long and Happy Life (Долгая счастливая жизнь), 2012 - Till Night Do Us Part (Пока ночь не разлучит), 2009 - Crush : 5 Love Stories (Короткое замыкание), 2008 - Help Gone Mad (Сумасшедшая помощь), 2007 - He's gone (Уехал) [doc], 2006 - Free Floating (Свободное плавание), 2003 - Roads to Koktebel (Коктебель), 2002 - Mikhail Boulgakov. Black Snow (Михаил Булгаков. Черный снег) [doc, TV serial], 2000 - The Sly Frog (Хитрая лягушка) [short ], 1997 - By the Way (Мимоход) [doc]