Co-presented with Le Cinéma Club
Directed by Clément Cogitore, 2017, 49 min.
In Russian with English subtitles
In the middle of the Siberian taiga, 450 miles from the nearest village live two families: the Braguine and the Kiline. Not a single road leads here. A long trip on the Yenissei River, first by boat, then by helicopter, is the only way to reach Braguino.
Self-sufficient, the two families belong to a sect of the Russian Orthodox Church that rejects the authority of the state. They live according to their own rules and principles. In the middle of the village: a barrier. Both families refuse to speak to each other. In the middle of the river sits an island where another community is being built: that of the children.
Free, unpredictable, wild. Between the fear of the other, of wild beasts, and the joy provided by the immensity of the forest, a cruel tale unfolds, a tale in which tensions and fear give shape to the geography of an ancestral conflict.
Stream the film for free from April 10–16 at lecinemaclub.com.
Director Clément Cogitore will participate in a LIVE Q&A on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 5pm ET. He will answer questions on Zoom, and the event will be broadcast on FIAF’s Facebook.
Watch the Recording
Clément Cogitore, 36, has developed a style that lies at the mid-point between cinema and contemporary art. By mixing films, videos, installations, and photographs his work questions the way people coexist with their images.
His work has been exhibited and projected in numerous museums and centers of art including the Palais de Tokyo and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, the Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Kunsthaus in Basel, and New York’s MoMA.
In 2015, his first full-length feature Neither Heaven nor Earth was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and received the Gan Foundation Award and the Prize for Best First Film from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. It was also nominated for a César in the Best First Film category.
His documentary Braguino (2017) won awards at numerous festivals (including the Zabaltegi-Tabalakera Award at the San Sebastian Festival).
That same year, he adapted an extract from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes galantes with the aid of Krump dancers for the Paris Opera’s digital platform, 3e Scène.
In 2018, he won the prestigious Marcel-Duchamp Prize for his video installation The Evil Eye.
In 2019, he made his debut with The Paris Opera & Ballet, directing a critically-acclaimed opera-ballet production of Rameau’s Les Indes galantes.