Egor is a vet at a training facility for hunting dogs in a remote region of the country. Surrounded by foxes, deer, badgers, and dogs, he lives in a small building next to the house of the facility’s master. He treats the dogs, cleans the kennels, oversees the workers, and meets with clients and their dogs. It’s easier for him to get along with dogs than with people. Egor is willing to take on any job to get closer to the facility’s master and his near and dear. He wants the impossible — to become a member of that family.
“Core of the World” directed by Natalia Meshchaninova and co-written with Boris Khlebnikov (“Arrhythmia” director) and Stepan Devonin won the Grand Prix at Kinotavr Film Festival. The film has been selected for San Sebastián’s New Directors’ competition.
Core of the World, dir. Natalia Meshchaninova; Russia, Lithuania; 2018. Cast: Stepan Devonin, Dmitry Podnozov, Yana Sekste, Vita Ovodkov, Ekaterina Vasilieva, Evgeny Syty. 120 min, 18+. In Russian without any subtitles.
Reception at 9 pm. We recommend arriving early for the best available seating. Screening begins at 9:45 pm. The film will be presented by director Natalia Meshchaninova, lead actor Stepan Devonin, lead actress Ekaterina Vasilieva, operator Evgeny Tsvetkov and producer Sergey Selyanov.
The Moscow premiere of the film will be held as part of the third international Strelka Film Festival by Okko. The programme includes Russian and Moscow premieres of films from different countries selected by curator Stas Tyrkin. Winners of and participants in international competitions, including festivals in Cannes, Berlinale and Sundance and the Russian Kinotavr, will be presented in a series of eleven film screenings. The festival is supported by Okko, a streaming service that develops projects provoking viewers’ interest in cinema. Its’ collection includes blockbusters, popular series, short films and independent movies. Okko also supports festivals and hold special screenings.The curator of the film festival is Stas Tyrkin: film critic, member of the Moscow International Film Festival selection committee, program director of the Dvijenie festival and curator of the cinema course at the Gogol Center.