The Russians are coming

Children 404

Pavel Loparev, Askold Kurov
Screening time  
27.02. / Subota, 15:00 - 17:00 Dvorana 3  
In 2013 Russia passed a law against "promoting homosexuality" to young people.

Young gays and lesbians became an "error of the system" and their bullying was authorised at the highest state levels. The Children 404 website established by Elena Klimova publishes messages from young people who are the victims of brutal attacks due to their sexual orientation. The filmmakers gave some of these children cameras in order to record their lives. The video journals interspersed with interviews present a chilling picture of contemporary Russia. While in Russia Klimova faces persecution, and the police breaks up screenings of Children 404, the film keeps receiving standing ovations at the prestigious film festivals.


Pavel Loparev

Pavel Loparev was born in 1980 in Tyumen (Russia). From 1999 to 2008, he worked as a news reporter at First Channel, main Russian TV broadcaster. In 2002 he graduated from Tyumen University and in 2008 from Moscow’s Marina Razbezhkina film school. Currently he is the director of Catout animation studio that specializes in social projects. His film Lenin.  Live (2008) won several awards in Russia.


Askold Kurov

Askold Kurov was born in 1974 in Uzbekistan. He lives in Russia since 1991. Kurov studied Philology, Theatrical and Theological sciences. In 2010, he graduated from Moscow’s Marina Razbezhkina film school. Among his works are Leninland (2013) and Winter, Go Away! (2012). Children 404 is his first feature film.

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2014, 76'

Directed by:
Pavel Loparev, Askold Kurov

Screenplay by:
Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev

Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev

Edited by:
Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev

Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev

Produced by:
Kurov, Loparev

Festivals & Awards:

Mezipatra Queer Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award; Hamburg Film Festival 2014 – Political Film Award; Open City Docs 2014 – Emerging International Filmmaker Award; Hot Docs 2014; One World 2014; FilmFest Hamburg 2014; DocPoint Helsinki 2014; Geneva International Film Festival 2014; Tempo Documentary Festival Stockholm 2014; Movies that Matter Film Festival 2014