In the summer 2021, an exceptional heatwave and drought led to giant fires that ravaged 19 million hectares of land in northeastern Siberia. In this region at the heart of the taiga lies the village of Shologon soon to be blanketed by a thick cloud of smoke. Spread by the wind, the black ashes carry alarming news: the forest is on fire and the flames are fast approaching. The government having left them to fend for themselves, the inhabitants must rally to fight The Dragon.
*Opening Film, Cinéma du Réel; Best Cinematograpy, IDFA; Golden Lynx Award for Best Documentary Feature FEST New Directors, New Films; Jury prize, Ile de Porquerolles.
About the director:
Alexander Abaturov. Director. He was born in Russia in 1984 After graduating from Gorki University, he became a journalist. In 2010, he received a Masters’s degree from the French documentary School in Lussas. In 2013, he directed his first documentary, “Sleeping Souls”, selected in numerous festivals and awarded the Institut Français Prize at the Cinéma du Réel Festival. “The Son”, his first feature-length documentary, was premiered at the Berlinale Forum and selected at many other festivals such as Message to Men and Cinéma du Réel.