Art cinema

WHITE MOSS (White Yagel)
Russia

Genre: A Psychological Drama
Director: Vladimir Tumayev

Duration: 98 minutes
Screenplay writer: Valery Bakirov & Savva Minaev
Budget: RUR 90 million

The older the man is the more precious his past is to him. The older the nation is the more important is to the nation to understand its place in our confused modern world.

The film story develops in Tundra, which - with its storms, frost, deer and dogs, smoking tops of chums (skin tents) and deer relays running in white haze – gives a unique opportunity to create an unsurpassable visual line of the film.

Nenets is one of most ancient ethnicities populating the live, picturesque, loud, and severe Tundra. So much different from people living on the mainland, this strong and extraordinary ethnic group is capable of providing sharp characters brimming with inner dignity.

At a quick glance, main film characters are men possessing brightest indigenous features of the Nenets ethnicity. Vannu, Seberuy, Khasava and Alyoshka are four men of different generations. The storyline is based on their complicated relations, on continuity and denial of traditions, elders’ resistance to novelties coming from the mainland, and, to all intents, this is the film about LOVE. It is about faithfulness, torments, jealousy and finding love for the purpose of continuation of their kind.

…The local camp is preparing for a wedding, if it can be called a wedding in Nenets traditions. There are no guests, no closest or distant relatives, no feast, no songs, no smiles. The bride arrives to the grooms camp without any attributes of a celebration. Young Alyoshka marries because his mother insists the chum should not go vacant, the family should not die out. His heart though longs for Aniko, the daughter of old Seberuy. Ten years ago Aniko left the camp for the mainland. Every day Alyoshka checks the road hopelessly waiting for his love to return. He wants to tell his mother to take the bride back where she belongs. She would return a virgin. But the mother takes side of his young wife. The whole camp expects him to take care of his young wife. He feels alienated from his home. On both sides of the fireplace there are his mother and his wife, sitting strong like heavy stones on both sides of the river. Alyoshka feels lifeless and hollow.

They spend nights in their own worlds. His young wife is like a flower brought to a cold chasm by fate. He is tormented in his own nightmarish world. Aniko is calling him to her world, where he longs to be for a long time without a moments hesitation. He dreams of their childrens games, first thrilling touches. He feels as if he lost the most important thing in his life.

One day, as he hears a merry laughter and a casual and quiet talk of his mother and wife, as if two rivulets poured into a bigger river, Alyoshka feels hollow again. He feels useless to this world. And he feels a new thrill. Suddenly, he opens a new truth, a new earthly and secure love. One may think that in this seemingly simple storyline one could only find melodramatic elements. However, the film is rich spiritually and socially due to the characters whom we named MAIN characters in the beginning. The generation gap between fathers and children, especially brutal and perverse in modern times, denial of ancestors rules and traditions are the evil, noiselessly advancing, visible in specifics and generalities, in the tragedy of the small people and the tragedy of the mankind.

Unusually colourful images and emotions filling Vannus, Seberuys and Khasavas lives events, will undoubtedly attract viewers. “Ignoring looking at the children, without saying anything to them, Khasava stepped out from the home. He called a dog and slowly walked to the deer He tried to hunt down young deer that spring. Some deer are not familiar to him He took care of the shameful debt of his father. Each time he heard himself shouting in his mind: You are our father! You owe it to us! You owe it to us!” Emotionally as strong as the previous scene, but a dynamically different event is old Seberuys renunciation of his daughter Aniko. All of these events are like separate stories of deception. Ultimately, - deception of LOVE, of its highest essence.

Uniqueness of characters, an indigenous palette of colours, a severe simplicity of gender relationships, the beauty of Tundra: inevitably igniting the urge for the family line continuity and glorifying the omnipresent LOVE are the positive standards, which present-day questioning viewers are searching for. We are sure the viewers will find them in White Yagel.

A footnote: *yagel: a species of moss growing in the tundra


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Participation of the film "White moss" at film festivals:
Year 2014
- 36 Moscow International Film Festival (Moscow International Film Festival), 19-28 June 2014, the main competition,
- XI Festival "Baltic Debuts", Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia, July 27-August 2, 2014, the closing film of the festival,
- II International Film Festival Yakutsk, Yakutsk, 20-24 August 2014, the main competition,
- XII Moscow Festival of national cinema "Moscow Premiere", August 29-September 7, 2014, the competition program "Art-Line"
- XII Open Russian Film Festival and Theatre "Amur Fall", Blagoveshchensk, Amur Region, 6-14 September 2014, the main competition,
- II International Festival of Film and Television program "Slavic fairy tale", Sofia, Bulgaria, 12-17 September 2014, the main competition,
- The International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific region "Pacific Meridian", Vladivostok, 13-19 September 2014, the program Russian Cinema,
- Open All-Russian festival of documentary films "Salt of the Earth", Samara, 16-20 September 2014, the opening film of the festival,
- Kinoshock.Open Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Anapa, 21-30 September 2014, the program "In Focus - Russia"
- International Festival of Tourist Film "Rendezvous with Russia," Nazran, Republic of Ingushetia, 25-27 September 2014, the main competition,
- St. Petersburg International Media Forum (SPMMF) ROSKINO, Film Market Doors, St. Petersburg, 1-10 October 2014,
- Days of the Russian cinema in Greece Loutraki, 4-9 October 2014,
- VII International Film Festival "The East and the West. Classic and avant-garde ", Orenburg, October 18-24, Russian competition" Bonded Parallels ", 18-24 October 2014,
- Northern Travelling Film Festival, Reykjavik, 23-31 October 2014,
- V festival of Russian cinema in Canada, Toronto, 5-9 November 2014.
- American Film Market (AFM), ROSKINO, Film Market Doors, Santa Monica, USA, 6-13 November 2014,
- 12th Russian Film Week in Paris Regards de Russie, Paris, 12-18 November 2014,
- 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, 20-30 November 2014,
- 8 th Russian Film Festival in Poland "Sputnik over Poland", Warsaw, 20-30 November 2014,
- III International Documentary Film Festival "Arctic", Moscow, 21-23 November 2014, the closing film of the festival,
- VII International Film Festival "Northern Character", Murmansk, 27-29 November 2014
- I International Festival of national and ethnic films "Akbuzat", Ufa, Bashkortostan, 27-29 November 2014, the main competition,
- XX International Film Festival on Human Rights "Stalker", Moscow, 10-15 December 2014, the main competition,
- IX Festival of Russian films "Lipetsk choice", Lipetsk, 16-21 December 2014, the main competition,
- Festival of Festivals, Moscow, 20-24 December 2014, the main competition,

2015
- I International Film Festival in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 16-24 January 2015,
- Russian Film Festival in Nantes, Nantes, France, 04-08 February 2015,
- European Film Market / European Film Market (EFM) on the Berlinale 2015 ROSKINO, Film Market Doors, 05-15 February 2015,
- Russian Film Festival VIII "Kino Lokakuu", Helsinki, Finland, 10-15 February 2015,
- X International Candlemas Orthodox Film Festival "Meeting", Obninsk, Moscow region, 11-16 February 2015, non-competition screenings,
- III All-Russian festival of auteur cinema "Full art house", Chelyabinsk, 13-20 February 2015, the main competition,
- X International Film Festival in Thrissur (IFFT), Kerala, India, 20-26 February 2015,
- Days of the Russian cinema in Munster, Munster, Germany, 08-27 March 2015,
- Festival Grenzlande (38.GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE), Selby, Germany, 9-12 April 2015, the main competition,
- XXI Russian Film Festival "Literature and Cinema", Gatchina, Leningrad, 16-22 April 2015, the main competition,
- The Cannes Film Market (CFM), ROSKINO, Film Market Doors, Cannes, France, 13-24 May 2015,
- VIII International Film Festival Cheboksary, Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic, 18-23 May 2015, the main competition,
- 5th Trans-Baikal International Film Festival, Chita, 21-24 May 2015, the main competition and the opening film of the festival,
- "Days of Russian Cinema" for compatriots in Latvia, Riga, 22-24 May 2015
- XXIV International Film Forum "Golden Knight", Sevastopol, 22-31 May 2015, the main competition,
- European Festival "Le 7e Art dans le 7e", Paris, France, 9-12 June 2015, the opening film of the festival,
- North American premiere at the film festival in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Film Festival 2015), USA, Los Angeles, 10-18 June 2015, the main competition,
- III International Festival of Short Films of the Baltic region Open Place, Rezekne (Republic of Latvia), 12-16 August 2015, Special Screenings,
- XVII All-Russian Shukshin Film Festival, the village Srostki Altai Territory, July 22-26, 2015
- 24th CHICHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Chichester, England, 13-20 August 2015,
- 24th Film Festival "Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers", Tszilin, China, 15-19 September 2015
- 3rd Russian Film Festival in Nice, France, 22-26 September 2015
- Days of Russian cinema in China, Chengzhou, Henan province, China, 1-7 November 2015
- 57.NordischenFilmtagenLübeck, Lyubek, Germany, 04-08 November 2015
- XIII INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL SYCHUANKY, Chendu, Sichuan Province, China, 6-8 November 2015
- 6th Eco International Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, 16-21 November 2015
- Days of Russian cinema in Vienna, dedicated to the Year of Literature, Vienna, Austria, 02-07 December 2015
- The film "White Moss" is included in the competition program of films in the framework of the program "Culture of nations and peoples of Russia", II International festival of children's and family films "Zero Plus", which will take place in Tyumen and Tobolsk, from November 30 to December 6, 2015

Prizes and awards:
- Audience Award at 36th International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia, June 19 to 28, 2014
- Cameraman Innokentiy Ammosov Award to cameraman Dmitry Kuvshinov and Special Jury Award for Close Study of Arctic Nature and Man to director Vladimir Tumaev at 2nd International Film Festival, Yakutsk, Russia, August 20 to 24, 2014
- Best Feature Film Award and Diploma in Art-Line Fans Contest at 12th Moscow Première National Film Festival, Moscow, Russia, September 7, 2014
- Special Audience Recognition Award at 12th Amur Autumn Open Russian Film and Theater Festival, Blagoveshchensk, Amur Region, Russia, September 6 to 14, 2014
- Special Award for Outstanding Rendition of Life and Culture Story of Mysterious and Unexplored Northern Nenets People at 2nd Slavic Fairy Tale International Festival of Films and Television Programs, Sofia, Bulgaria, September 12 to 17 2014
- Winner Diploma in Best Feature Film Nomination of 5th International Tourist Film Festival: Rendezvous with Russia, Nazran, Republic of Ingushetia, September 25 to 27, 2014
- Best Director Diploma at Akbuzat International Festival of National and Ethnic Film, Ufa, Russia, November 27 to 29, 2014
- Special Award for The Visual Journey into The Vanishing World at The Edge of Civilization at 8th Russian Film Festival: Sputnik over Poland, Warsaw, Poland, November 20 to 30, 2014
- Best Film Award at 9th Lipetsk Vote Russian Film Festival, Lipetsk, Russia, December 16 to 21, 2014
- Grand Audience Award at 3rd Full Art House All-Russia Auctorial Film Festival, Chelyabinsk, Russia, February 13 to 20, 2015
- Jury Diploma to The Film Calling for Action to Preserve National Nenets Culture, at 21st Russian Film Festival, Literature and Cinematography, Gatchina, Leningrad Region, Russian, April 16 to 22, 2015
- Jury Special Acknowledgment at 8th International Film Festival, Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic, May 18 to 23, 2015
- Silver Knight Award to director Vladimir Tumaev and Best Cinematography Diploma to cameraman Dmitry Kuvshinov at 24th Golden Knight International Film Festival, Sevastopol, Russia, May 22 to 31, 2015
- Jury Special Acknowledgment at Los Angeles Film Festival 2015, Los Angeles, USA, June 10 to18, 2015
Special Diploma to director Vladimir Tumaev Best Actress Award to actress Galina Tihonova at the 17th All-Russian Shukshin Film Festival, Village of Srostki, Altay Region, Russia, July 22 to 26, 2015
- Award in Most Popular Foreign Actress nomination to Galina Tikhonova at 24th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, Jilin, China, September 15 to 19, 2015.
- Medal of Honor of Security Council of Russian Federation for White Moss Film to Producer Svetlana Dalskaya and Director Vladimir Tumaev at International Arctic Forum, Naryan-Mar, Russia.


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