Trees are everything. In a settlement near the Russian-Finnish border, a traditional family keeps shamanistic rituals alive. The children play in the same forest where photos nailed to trees remind us of Stalin’s bloody repression. Spirituality and politics meet in this intuitive montage of poetic impressions, historical material, nature shots, family scenes and probing testimony. Alternating between the enchantment of a child’s gaze and critical essay, this is the first of a two-part series dedicated to Karelia. The traumatic history of this region, which once belonged to Sweden, still resounds. The father points to the massacre by Ivan the Terrible in 1570. A gnarled block of wood is reminiscent of Pan, god of nature, and panic. But there’s also the long arm of Putin. The daughter of a historian, an activist who investigated mass graves for 20 years, describes how her father was arrested on the basis of a shady accusation.

Spanish premiere
Presented by the director
Eligible for: Premi del públic

Andrés Duque

Andrés Duque

(Caracas, 1972) He lives in Barcelona since 2000. He is a filmmaker and teacher in the Master of Creative Documentary at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He won the Talents Award in D’A 2017 for Oleg y las raras artes.


Carelia: Internacional con monumento (2019), Oleg y las raras artes (2016), Una película recordada (2015, curt), Las manos de Nastasia (2015, curt), Primeros Síntomas (2015, curt), Ensayo final para utopía (2012), Color perro que huye (2011), No es la imagen es el objeto (2009, curt), All You Zombies (2008, curt), La constelación Bartleby (2007, curt), Landscapes in a Truck (2006, curt), Paralelo 10 (2005, curt), Iván Z (2004, curt)


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Mikhaël Hers

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