The program of the National competition of the 25th MIFF "Listapad"

NATIONAL COMPETITION

Fiction films

Andrei KRIVETSKI
WATCHMAN
Belarus

A theatre. An ordinary evening. Scenery is set, costumes are ready, actors are rehearsing the lines and doing makeup – that's the usual rush, but not for everyone... That evening Sergei Ivanovich Gavrilov will walk onto the stage of the theatre he dedicated most of his life to for the last time. Silent and gloomy, he walks the corridors, goes to his dressing room and closes the door, left all alone with the question "What's next?" The viewers have taken their places. The lights go down. The play has begun... 

Raman PADALIAKA,  Mihail ZUI
YAHOR
Belarus

YAHOR is a debut short film by Raman Padaliaka and Mihail Zui, actors of the Janka Kupala National Academic Theatre. The film is based on a fragment of the book by Andrus Horvat "Radziva Prudok".

Aliaksei PALUYAN
DISTURBANCE OF THE QUIETNESS
Belarus, Germany

In cafeteria Natalia accidentally poured hot soup over Jakub, a young student. He falls in love with the girl at once, but loses her in the crowd. When he finally finds her, he realizes that words are not enough to communicate properly. Jakub finds a way to communicate with Natalia without words.

Mitry SEMENOV-ALEINIKOV, Igor VASILYEV, Ekaterina TARASOVA, Dmitry FEDOROVICH
WAR. TO STAY A HUMAN
Belarus

The Great Patriotic War left a deep mark in the history of our country. There is no single person who wasn’t affected by the consequences of the biggest armed conflict of the twentieth century. In four stories about the war in the omnibus film WAR. TO STAY HUMAN, shot by young filmmakers, the key issue for the authors is the moral choice: “Is it possible to remain a human in inhuman circumstances?  

Mara TAMKOVICH
DAUGHTER
Poland

On the sixteenth birthday of his daughter Kamila, Piotr comes home to find her bleeding and unconscious. What can the father do when his beloved daughter was so much hurt by someone? What can he do when the system fails him standing in the way of justice?

Darya ZHUK
CRYSTAL SWAN
Belarus, USA, Germany, Russia

In 1990s Belarus, a wanderlust young DJ Velya is derailed by a typo in a forged US Visa application, forcing her to a backwater factory town where she is determined to fake her way to the American dream.

Documentaries

Halina ADAMOVICH
OUR CHILDREN
Belarus

Each parent is sure that his own child is special. But sometimes even parents have difficulty in understanding and accepting such children. It is not easy when your child causes inconvenience, embarrassment and misunderstanding. But these kids make the world a better place, they teach us patience and love. First and foremost, it is a film about parents. It makes us sympathize with them, admire their bravery and think what it means to be a mother or a father. To be a parent of any child, not only of a special one. The film is addressed to all those who have children. And also to people who only start planning: “One day, I’ll have a child…”.

Ruslan FEDOTOW
SONGS FOR KIT
Belarus 

A young-looking woman with a red scarf, holding a plush mouse. One cannot tell at once that she is already fifty and has been homeless for three years. Her incredible love for life keeps her safe from freezing to death in the cold streets of Moscow.

Aliaksandra MARKAVA
A QUIET STREET
Belarus

Urban densification, a painful issue for many people, is seen through the eyes of an eight-year-old girl who lives with her parents and pets in a semi-detached house. The street where the house is situated is to be demolished. The local residents start their silent protest…

Alexander SVISHCHENKOV
MEIN DEUTSCHLAND
Belarus

A descendant of ethnic Germans in Belarus is convinced that Germany is the best country in the world. But his Germany exists only in his imagination. What can change this point of view? New impressions, new contacts or new love?..

Alena TSAHELSKAYA
ALEXANDR ZABAVCHIK. MY JAZZ
Belarus

What gives inspiration to an artist? What kind of sounds and melodies give birth to visual images? Alexandr Zabavchik, a famous Belarusian avant-garde artist, shares the secrets of his mastery, inviting us to enter his studio and experience the sacrament of creation. It is a film about subtle links between painting and music.

Kirill VLASENKO
GIVE ME A SIGN
Belarus

According to statistics, there are about 11 hundred letters a year addressed to the law-enforcement authorities concerning missing citizens in the Republic of Belarus. The film tells in detail how the society can help to solve the problem of missing people.

Alena YASINSKAYA
NOT A GROOM
Belarus

A young boy has learnt that his girlfriend is expecting a baby. But the guy has his head in the clouds and realizes that he himself is still a baby and not a groom at all. This sincere interview touches upon the process of growing up.

Animation films

Natalia DARVINA
THE GOOD WOLF
Belarus

On the edge of a meadow, deep in the woods lived a Hungry wolf. He was hungry all the time because of his gentle heart. He ate herbs, honey and drank tea. Once in winter he was starving and finally decided to steal a lamb from old man and woman. He stole it but couldn’t eat. Instead he poured the lamb a cup of tea and they started to dance. Meanwhile the old man came to the wolf’s house with a gun and a dog to return his lamb and punish him... 

Marina KARPOVA
VASILISA THE LAZY
Russia

Paraphrase of the Italian fairy tale "Lazy Brucholina" about a capricious girl.

Tatiana Kublitskaya
THE ABC OF DANGER
Belarus

It’s winter. House spirits Bakunya and Charusha are riding on a sled. The sled brakes after a particularly dashing ride down the hill. Bakunya and Charusha go to the shed to get the tools, not noticing that they are being watched by the evil Muddy and her obedient spider servants. Muddy is bored with living in her dirty house, so she decides to steal the house spirits to make them serve her and tell her stories...

Ruslan SINKEVICH, Roman BURMAKOV, Svetlana KOTLYAROVA,  Marta GERASHCHENKO
IN THE SWAMP OF POLESSIE
Belarus

An unusual story about a boy who didn’t care about the nature or animals and once found himself in a tough situation – an old eagle-owl took the foolish boy to its home deep inside the forest, in the middle of the Pollessie swamp. After that the eagle-owl turned into an old man, and started to tell fascinating stories about invisible creatures. The boy learned about Tsmok and Krasnaliudki, Kryzhatsik and Malimon. He understood that these creatures help people in all the ways. Thanks to this rainy night spent with the mythical creatures, the boy returns to the real world as a different person – a kind and compassionate one.

Igor VOLCHEK
WOLFIE
Belarus

Wolfie lived in the forest, discovering something new every day, admiring a spider’s web or a leaf, slowly floating in the water, playing with a frog and a hare, getting scared of a huge elk. But once Wolfie was found by a man. The man brought the puppy to his house and started to tame him, while a cat and a dog looked at him with jealosy. Wolfie started a new life, different from the old one, but the dreams about the past gave him no rest.