• Feature
  • 2020
  • 100 Minutes
  • Russian Federation
  • Language: Russian

Devoted to the last days of Soviet writer, poet, and Gulag survivor Varlam Shalamov, this film follows the efforts of two of Shalamov's most devoted admirers to preserve the author's legacy, remnants of which they seek out in lost manuscripts and audiocassettes, and even in the ageing Shalamov's own collapsing memory. Having lost his sight and hearing and living in a retirement home, he carried on doing the only thing that mattered to him - writing - until his final breath. This film is a testament to the value of writings that tell the unpalatable truths of the 20th century.

Director: Dmitry Rudakov

Screenwriter: Dmitry Rudakov

Production Company: Rock Films

Premier Status: MENA Premiere



2020: Fipresci prize at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Dmitry Rudakov

DOP / Camera: Alexey Filippov

Editor: Dmitry Rudakov

Sound: Stepan Sevastyanov

Producer: Alexey Uchitel, Kira Saksaganskaya

Cast: Alexander Ryazantsev, Fyodor Lavrov, Pavel Tabakov ,Alyona Konstantinova, Miriam Sekhon ,Ivan Krasko


Dmitry Rudakov

Dmitry was born on the 4th of January 1994 in Moscow. Being interested in cinematography from childhood, in 2016 he graduated from Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK), workshop of Alexey Uchitel, who later became the artistic director and producer for his first feature film Sententia.

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