26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

Eighth month of the full-scale war against Ukraine. A few kilometers from the border, Essentuki mud bath clinic is operating as usual. Visitors sign children up for special inhalations, as new portions of throbbing mud is loaded into the rusty soviet supply system. Exhausted nurses immerse customers into thick substance, then swaddle their bodies. Frontline news and barking voices of propagandists are echoing across the halls. And a laundry worker is keeping count, down below in the basement while singing an old Odessan song… One of the first cinematic testimonies from inside the country that started the war.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIDF26.

Direction: Ilya Povolotsky
Cinematography: Nikolay Zheludovich
Editing: Ilya Povolotsky
Sound: Andrey Dergachev, Ilya Povolotsky
Producers: Ilya Povolotsky, Nikolay Zheludovich
Executive producer: Victoria E. Chernukha
Format: DCP
Color: B&W
Production Country: Russia
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 50'
Contact: Blackchamber

Ilya Povolotsky


2017 Northerners (short)
2019 Froth
2023 Grace (fiction)
2023 Mud