The Russians are coming

The Conversation

Anastasia Novikova
Screening time  
24.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
Valentin Stepanovich spends most of his days by the window, holding a phone and waiting.

He misses his wife Klavdia. Again and again he tries to reach her over the phone, which has become his only connection with the outside world. The character's life is life of a recluse. He's got no heating, electricity or water supply. Nonetheless, he finds meaning and joy in his existence: he's waiting for his beloved. The film observes the character's life with immense attention to detail. The mosaic of images that captures pieces of his world creates a contemplation on the nature of human soul.


Anastasia Novikova

Anastasia Novikova, born in 1990, graduated from Saint Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television. The Conversation is her short documentary debut.

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2015, 21' 47''

Directed by:
Anastasia Novikova

Screenplay by:
Anastasia Novikova

Pavel Skvortsov

Edited by:
Elena Gromova

Alexander Gutman

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

DocumentaMadrid 2015 – Special Jury’s Prize; Hot Docs 2015; Krakow Film Festival 2015; Timishort Film Festival 2015