Pioneer Heroes

Russia, 2015г., 116 min


Natalia Kudryashova

A long time ago Olga, Katia and Andrei came to Moscow: they are friends from school. They are quite successful. Olga is an actress, Katia works in large PR agency, and Andrei is a political analyst. They buy cars, take out mortgages, and build summer houses. They live like everybody else. But this brings them neither happiness nor satisfaction. The feeling that “everything is kind of normal, but something’s not right” is the main motif of today’s thirty-somethings. Their childhood fell into the Soviet era, when children dreamt of heroic feats, believed in spies and a bright future, and nobody expected that the dream of the heroic feat would one day get replaced by a dream of stability. People no longer have grand dreams. They simply live.

Pacific Meridian IFF - Yul Brynner Award to young acrtess Varvara Shablakova
KinoPavasaris, Vilnius IFF (Lithuania) – Competition, Seattle IFF (USA), Transilvania IFF (Romania), Karlovy Vary IFF (Czech Republic) Palic FF (Serbia), Melbourne IFF (Australia)
Berlinale Panorama 2015 – World Premiere
2015 ”Kinotavr” Open Russian Film Festival – Diplomas of the Guild of Film Critics and Film Scholars
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Natalia Kudryashova

Director, theatre and fi lm actress. Born in Gorky (now Nizhni Novgorod). In 2000 graduated from Nizhni Novgorod Theatre School as actress; in 2006 from Anatoli Vasiliev’s director’s laboratory at the School of Dramatic Art in Moscow. For her role in THE RAVINE (director Adolf Shapiro, Moscow Art Theatre, 2010) she was nominated for a “Golden Mask”. For her role in the film ONE WAR she received prizes for Best Female Debut at the festival “Constellation” and for Best Actress at the festival “Window on Europe”. In 2012 graduated from Higher Courses for Directors and Scriptwriters as director of fiction film. For her shorts COLD (2011) and LISA’S MORNING (2012) she got awards at national and international film festivals. PIONEER HEROES is her feature debut in cinema.

Selected filmography

2015 Pioneer Heroes