The Land of Sasha

Julia TrofimovaRussia – 2022

As soon as school is over, Sasha’s otherwise relaxed and complicit mother pressures him to enroll at the university. Sasha, however, lives in the moment. Plus he currently wants to hone his graffiti skills with his friend Max. And maybe get to know his father. But then, he meets the dazzling Zhenya. Carried by the light and the ease of the summer, they fathom their feelings, talents and fears together. In her sensitive debut, Julia Trofimova tells of young people in today’s Russia who cannot possibly please everyone. Parents’ need for security is countered by a variety of possible paths and identities.

Original Title The Land of Sasha
German Title The Land of Sasha
French Title The Land of Sasha
Other Titles The Land of Sasha
Directed by Julia Trofimova
Country Russia
Available Formats DCP
Screenplay Julia Trofimova, Maria Shulgina, Elizaveta Tikhonova
Film Editing Marsel Shamshulin
Soundtrack Sergei Stern
Cinematography Egor Povolotskiy
Sound Vladislav Vodvin
Décors Alexandra Antonova
Production Katerina Mikhaylova, Konstantin Fam
Runtime 82 Min.
Language Russisch/d/f
Mark Eidelshtein Sasha
Maria Matsel Zhenia
Evgenia Gromova Sophia
Alisa Tarasenko Liza
Dmitry Endaltsev Maks

Berlinale 2022
Generation 14plus

«Das Regiedebüt von Julia Trofimova ist eine Reise in private Erinnerungen – aber auch ein eigenständiger, schöner Film.»
Filmbulletin, Oliver Camenzind

«Ein sensibles Debüt.»
Movie Eye, Benny Furth

«Ein ironischer und einfühlsamer Film über das Erwachsenwerden, dem es gelingt, reifer zu sein als seine Hauptfiguren – und doch nicht so reif, dass er bei ihnen genervte Langeweile hervorrufen würde.»
Goethe Institut

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