Estonian premiere

How to Save a Dead Friend

Local title
Kuidas päästa surnud sõpra
Title in Russian
Как спасти мёртвого друга
Director
Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Country
Sweden, Norway, France, Germany
Year
2022
Programme
Doc@PÖFF
Subject
individual vs society, drugs, music, youth

Muzzled by the increasingly autocratic regime of the “Depression Federation”, 16-year-old Marusya decides to join her generation’s suicide statistics by the end of the year. Then she meets Kimi and a love story begins between the two millennials caught in the undertow of their oppressive government. Together, Marusya and Kimi film the euphoria, anxiety and misery of their youth, burning the candle at both ends, fuelled by drugs and music. When Kimi’s addiction threatens to make him fade away forever, Marusya’s camera becomes her last chance to save the fragile soul.

Filmed over the course of 12 years, "How To Save A Dead Friend" is a personal cry from the heart, and a message from a silenced generation.

Director
Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Screenwriter
Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Producer
Ksenia Gapchenko, Mario Adamson
DoP
Kimi Morev, Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Editor
Qutaiba Barhamji
Production
A Sisyfos Film, Docs Vostok Production
World sales
LightDox
Runtime
Language
Russian
Subtitles
English
Other festivals
Cannes, Busan

Screenings

8th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening010602 / Kuidas päästa surnud sõpra
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Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening051502 / Kuidas päästa surnud sõpra
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Chill-Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening160101 / Kuidas päästa surnud sõpra
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