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Mom, I Befriended Ghosts

Sasha Voronov
A small town in Siberia is quarantined for several months. People are dying of a mysterious illness, the source of which lies hidden in the water. The survivors hide in their apartments, but the contaminated water flows through their homes. Self-defence groups and despondent loners hunting their own kind roam through the empty streets. In an attempt to save her mother’s life, the heroine ventures out into the unknown, so that she can overcome her fear and attempt to rekindle her relationship with the outside world, which is now humanity’s mortal enemy. Sasha Voronov’s film is an attempt to imagine how the relationships between people and nature can change when the former no longer have any reason to be human, and the latter sees an opportunity to be rid of them. One of the roles is played by Alla Mitrofanova, a prominent Saint Petersburg philosopher whose work addresses questions of new ontology.

Sasha Voronov graduated from the non-fiction department of the Russian State University of Cinematography in 2012, having studied under Alexander Klokov. He shot his documentary film debut Bonfires and Stars with the Stereotactic studio in 2015. The film saw its world premiere at Visions du Réel in 2016. In 2017, he shot the short film Knights of Heaven and later began working on a feature film based on it. He started filming Mom, I Befriended Ghosts in the summer of 2018 in collaboration with a group of like-minded people.

Sasha Voronov graduated from the non-fiction department of the Russian State University of Cinematography in 2012, having studied under Alexander Klokov. He shot his documentary film debut Bonfires and Stars with the Stereotactic studio in 2015. The film saw its world premiere at Visions du Réel in 2016. In 2017, he shot the short film Knights of Heaven and later began working on a feature film based on it. He started filming Mom, I Befriended Ghosts in the summer of 2018 in collaboration with a group of like-minded people.

Year of production:
2020
Country:
Russia
Length:
66'
Language:
Russian
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Director:
Sasha Voronov
Script:
Sasha Voronov
Producers:
Vladimir Sorokin, Pavel Karykhalin
Cinematography:
Eugeny Rodin
Music:
Daniil Avramenko
Cast:
Alla Mitrofanova, Sasha Nikiforova, Taya, Sergey Semenov
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