ZAPLYV / ЗАПЛЫВ
eng.: SWIMMERS
feature documentary film 77 min, HD / VHS.
Germany, Russia, Hungary


... for the humble soul of the Russian common people, worn out by grief and toil, and still more by the everlasting injustice and everlasting sin, his own and the world’s, it was the greatest need and comfort to find someone or something holy to fall down before and worship.

.............................................................................- Fyodor Dostoevsky

SYNOPSIS
SWIMMERS is a sketch of an attempt to maintain collective belief on the border of science, cosmology and psychedelic trance theater.

Run-down houses in an abandoned settlement in the southern corner of Russia. A controversial physicist, Boris Zolotov lives here. In the mid-1980s, Zolotov decided to leave the walls of the Soviet research institutions to follow his own beliefs. Today these take the form of hour-long swimming rituals and night-time theater performances. A group of people have collected around him, who choose to share his journey. Like many in the group, the young Ekaterina was led here by the many questions which remained unanswered elsewhere. Together with Boris Zolotov, she discusses the concept of happiness in contemporary Russia.


CAST
Boris Evgenjevich - BORIS E. ZOLOTOV
Ekaterina - EKATERINA VASILENKO


CREW
director, cinematography and editing KRISTINA PAUSTIAN
producer KRISTINA PAUSTIAN
executive producer GYÖRGY GATTYÀN
dramaturgical advisors NORMEN PERKE, CLARISSA THIEME
production advisor ELISABETTA PILIA
director of photography of archive footage JURIJ SVETLAKOV,
ALEKSANDR UDALOV, FEDOR IVACHOV, MIKHAIL MURZIN
music ARTEM BEZUKLADNIKOV
color grading IOANNIS KALTIRIMTZIS
sound design CHRISTIAN OBERMAIER
sound mix JOCHEN JEZUSSEK
subtitleling ANNIE GOH

production UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS BERLIN
in collaboration with KRISTINA PAUSTIAN and GYÖRGY GATTYÀN

poster by NIKA KORNIYENKO