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The Student (2016)

Veniamin, a teenager in the midst of a mystical crisis, has his mother, schoolmates and entire high school turned upside down by his questions.
– Can girls go to their swimming classes in bikinis?
Does sex education have a place in school?
– Should the theory of evolution be taught as part of the Natural Sciences?
The adults are soon overwhelmed by the certitudes of the youngster who swears only by Scripture.
No one but Elena, his biology teacher, will alone challenge him on his own ground. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

Silent Souls (Ovsyanki)

Fedorchenko’s melancholy drama relates the journey of a man and his companion, who travel to a river with the remains of his companion’s late wife.

Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari

This is a collection of portraits: 23 short stories about the Marij women, a sort of Decameron suspended between magic and realism, in which the Autonomous Republic of the Marij El serves as a backdrop for the collective history of a people of ancient tradition. A journey into a mysterious and unknown part of the world.