International Competition

Holy God

Vladlena Sandu
Screening time  
27.02. / Monday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 3  
04.03. / Saturday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 3  
05.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
05.03. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 3  
05.03. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
05.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5  
A thoughtful and dignified tale of physical and psychological trauma and the normal life of a refugee.

The Sandu family got three kilos of rice from the state as a compensation for their bombed house in Grozny. After that not much was left of the lives of three women – grandmother, mother, daughter. Vladlena Sandu tells a thoughtful and dignified tale of physical and psychological trauma and the normal life of a refugee, including dog food, trauma certificate, homelessness and intensive care. Putin’s thanks on New Year’s Day are meant for the terrorism-fighting home country. Words fail them. Silence. Turmoil. Bewilderment.

Vladlena Sandu

Vladlena Sandu is a director, born in Crimea. In 1988, she moved with her family to Grozny where she studied at the Musical College (1989–1994). In 1998, she was displaced from her home to the Stavropol Krai region of Russia. She studied at the Rodchenko School of Photography (2010–2011). In 2011, she started studying for a degree in Directing at the Russian State University of Cinema (VGIK), under the tutelage of Alexey Uchitel. Her debut short filmKira won the jury prize at Sochi’s Kinotavr Film Festival 2015, as well as the prize for best directing and cinematography at the VGIK International Festival.

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Святы Боже

2016, 25'

Directed by:
Vladlena Sandu

Screenplay by:
Vladlena Sandu

Vladlena Sandu

Edited by:
Vladlena Sandu


Alexey Uchitel

Produced by:
Rock Films LLC

Festivals & Awards:

Apricot Tree International Documentary Film Festival 2016 – Grand Prix for the Best Short Film; International Festival Signes de Nuit 2016 – Special Mention for Night Award; DOK Leipzig 2016; International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017