Abkhazia is a forgotten war torn country close to Crimea-Ukraine. Perched on the shores of the Black Sea, the unrecognized splinter state used to be a beach getaway for lucky Soviets, but palatial hotels now sit in post-communist ruin. For Abkhazian Sports Minister Rafael, however, everything’s looking up. He’s hopeful that the mysterious Domino World Championship he’s organizing will finally put his beloved motherland on the world’s radar and madly in love, he’s willing to overlook that his dear wife is a foreigner. A proud Russian opera singer, Natasha gave up her home and custody of her Russian daughter to take a chance on a new life. But when locals won’t warm to her and troubles cloud Rafael's sports” event, their bright future and even national pride start to wobble.
CAST & CREW
Anna Wydra, Ann Carolin Renninger, Thomas Kufus
Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
Director of Photography
Lenarczyk, Tomasz Wieczorek
Karoline Schulz, Andrzej Dąbrowski
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Elwira Niewiera is a Polish director and researcher. She lives and works in Berlin. Her feature documentary debut, Bulgarian Stories was presented at a number of international FFs and had art-house cinema distribution in Germany. Elwira worked also as first assistant director and researcher on the Oscar nominated documentary film Rabbit à la Berlin. Since 2008, she is Executive Director of the Polish-German cultural foundation NowaAmeryka.
Punk und Working (2004), Was geschah am 3.Juli 1974 (2006), Rabbit Hour (2006), Bulgarian Stories (2007), Domino Effect (2014, Co-dir.: Piotr Rosolowski).
Lives and works in Berlin and Poland. Graduated as a cinematographer from the Katowice Film School. Awarded with a scholarship of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Co-director of the documentary The Art of Disappearing (premiere at Visions du Réel 2013), Co-author of Rabbit à la Berlin – Academy Award nominated short film documentary and Goat walker– Planet Documentary Film Award at the Berlinale FF. Director of Photography of many awarded feature and short films, among them: On the line (Dir.: Reto Caffi) – Academy Award nominated short fiction, and Nowhere in Europe (Dir.: Kerstin Nickig).
The Art of Disappearing (2013, Co-dir.: Bartek Konopka), Domino Effect (2014, Co-dir.: Elwira Niewiera).