A movie inside a movie. A documentary inside a fiction story. An experiment. The shooting of the film took place in Buryatia – the South-Eastern part of Russia that is considered the center of Buddhism in Russia. In the fictional story, Moscow actress Julia comes to faraway Buryatia to find the man she once loved. She is terminally ill and Buryatia gives her a second chance. She does not believe in miracles, but a miracle happens… The real actress Julia Aug (prize-winning Moscow actress known by Silent Souls, 2010 Venice FF; Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari, 2013 Venice FF, Rome FF; Intimate Parts, 2013; The Student, Cannes 2016), like her character, is also in Buryatia for the first time. The documentary, filmed during the shooting of the film, shows the real Julia’s feelings and experiences while she discovers the real Buryatia. During her journey, the real Julia, as well as her character, also finds herself in the datsan, she goes to a real Lama to find out her destiny and receives unexpected answers… Julia’s costar, a famous Buryat opera singer Eduard Zhagbaev, becomes a “guide” in Buryatia for her and for the film crew. Buddhist rituals, national celebrations, martial arts, dialogues with local people were shot in real time and were not staged.
CAST & CREW
Anastassia Razlogova, Marina Kuchkova, Kirill Iline, Andrei Petras
Director of Photography
Olga Veremeeva, Elena Demidova, Anastassia Razlogova, Andjei Petras, Valentin Bugrik
Julia Aug, Eduard Zhagbaev.
Olga Veremeeva graduated from the Directing Department of the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 2008. She is working on her debut project A Touch of Wind since 2009. In the process of writing the script, each year she made several trips to Buryatia, visited the Ivolginsky datsan, discovered the way of life of Buryat people, their spirit and Buddhist traditions.
A Touch of Wind (2016).
Elena Demidova graduated from the Film School Internews (workshop of Marina Razbezhkina), Moscow. She is an experienced documentary film director and scriptwriter, the author of a number of prize-winning documentaries: Cranberry Island, Lesha, Sasha, Lena and Iron Dragon, Men’s Choice and others.
Live Water (2006, doc.), Holly Week (2006, doc.), Ark (2007, doc.), The Multiplication Table (2007, doc.), Its Time to Go Home (2008, doc.), Mohicans (2008, doc.), Cranberry Island (2010, doc.), Lesha (2011, doc.), Fires in Russia, Summer 2010 (2011, Almanac, doc.), Sasha, Lena and Iron Dragon (2012, doc.), Men’s Choice (2014, doc.), A Touch of Wind (2016).