The Foundation Pit

Local title
Auk
Title in Russian
Котлован
Original title
Kotlovan
Director
Andrei Grjazev
Country
Russian Federation
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
DOC@PÖFF

Ever since Putin’s government curbed freedom of the press in Russia, criticism has been unwelcome. And yet, all over the country, there are the disaffected and dissatisfied, local citizens’ groups and generally disillusioned people who want to make their specific requests for help, their anger and their despair heard.

For this reason, they are turning to their president. Putin, who stylises himself in the media as the father figure to all Russians, is being directly addressed by people of all ages, including elderly grandmothers, in the hope that things will improve. For even in the most remote villages there are dashcams, mobile phones and video cameras, and just enough internet connections to upload these self-made tirades to YouTube.

Director
Andrei Grjazev
Screenwriter
Andrey Gryazev
Producer
Andrey Gryazev
DoP
Andrey Gryazev
Editor
Andrey Gryazev
Runtime
Language
Russian

Screenings

Hall 1 Kino Artis Tallinn
Screening121503 / Auk
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall 4 Apollo Kino Solaris Tallinn
Screening161304 / Auk
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration