Grozny Blues follows a few people around Grozny, the capital of war-torn Chechnya where daily life is defined by political repression, constricting customs, forced Islamification and the failure to come to terms with recent history. The film revolves around four women who have been fighting for human rights under worsening conditions for many years but get more and more disillusioned with the situation in Putin’s Russia. The building where they work is also home to a Blues Club that is frequented by a group of young people. Having only vague memories of the Chechen wars in the 90s, they try to make sense of the strange things that are happening in their country.
CAST & CREW
Nicola Bellucci, Lucia Sgueglia
Director of Photography
Simon Guy Fässler, Nicola Bellucci, Olga Kravets, Géraldine Zosso
Blues Brothers Cafe Band
Nicola Bellucci, Pedro Haldemann, Olivier Jean Richard
Anja Bombelli, Chiara Ronchini, Alkmini Boura, Sophie Brunner
Zainap Gashaeva, Zarman Makhadzieva, Taisa Titiyeva, Taita Yunusova, Ruslan Lalayev, Musa Sadulayev, Taisa Kantayeva
Soap Factory GmbH, Hafenstrasse 25, Postfach 4019 Basel Switzerland
In 1982‐86, Nicola Belluccistudied at the University of Florence (Philosophy, Literature, Film Studies). In 1988, he got a directing Diploma at Istituto di scienze cinematografiche in Florence. In 1992‐96, Nicola Bellucciworked as an author and director of photography in Italy. In 1996, he moved to Basel, Switzerland. In 2000, Bellucci founded the Neuland Filmproduction in Basel with Vadim Jendreyko.
Era Lanostre Fonte (1989, short), Do It (2001, short), Onoma (2002, doc.), Nel Giardino dei Suoni (2010, doc.), Grozny Blues (2015).