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AN ABSOLUTE ZERO

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  • year : 2023
  • country : Russia
  • timing : 8:04'
  • genre : fiction film

written by Yulia Saponova, Yulia Koloshenko
directed by Yulia Saponova
produced by Asya Temnikova, Yulia Saponova, Igor Mishin
DoP Alexey Petrushkevich
music by Sofya Romanova
sound by Alexey Gaidai, Alexey Khasanov
editor Alyona Galushko
cast: Alexander Yatsenko, Elizabeth Damsker, Artem Silin

During casting, the director finds a perfect match, but there is a small nuance: the actor has Down syndrome. And while the director is trying to figure out how to fuse the uninvited candidate, he actually manages to change his life.

  • Moscow International Film Festival (2023, Russia, Moscow)
  • Film Festival “Seize the Film" (2023, Serbia, Novi Sad)
  • Street Film Festival (2023, Russia)
  • International Film Festival “East&West. Classics and avant-garde” (2023, Russia, Orenburg)
  • Volgograd Torch Russian Film Festival (2023, Russia, Volgograd)
  • LAMPA International Film Festival of socially oriented short films, videos and social advertising (2023, Russia, Perm)
  • Moscow International Film Festival "Budem Zhit" (Let's live) (2023, Russia, Moscow)
  • Luchezarniy Angel International Charity Film Festival (2023, Russia, Moscow)
  • Vision International short film festival (2023, Russia, Kemerovo)
  • Arouca Film Festival (2023, Portugal, Arouca)
  • WINDOW International short film festival (2023, Russia, Omsk)
  • We Care Film Festival (2023, India, Goa)
  • International Film Festival “Northern Character” (2023, Russia, Murmansk)
  • Gorodets Film Festival named after St. Alexandr Nevsky (2023, Russia, Gorodets)
  • Golden Eagle Award, Long list (2023, Russia, Moscow)
  • International Charity Film Festival “Radiant Angel” (2023, Russia, Moscow)
  • International Film Festival "You are not alone" (2023, Russia, Yaroslavl)
  • International Festival of social advertising in defense of life and family "Ladoshka", 2nd place in the nomination "Best short film" (2023, Belarus, Minsk)
  • International Film Festival about Human Rights “Stalker” (2023, Russia, Moscow)
  • Russian Elementary Cinema [REC] (2023, Russia, Saint-Petersburg)


Director’s statement

Sometimes it seems to us that we only have one alternative before us: something bad and something very bad. We strive for goals approved by society and our environment. But maybe, in fact, we need something completely different?

In my work, I often come into contact with non-standard characters. Usually, they are called “people with special features”, but I would call them people without borders. In the film, I wanted to share with the audience the discoveries and inspiration that my friends with Down syndrome give me.


ABOUT THE FILM DIRECTOR:

Yulia Saponova was born on 31.01.1969 in Moscow. Graduated from St.Petersburg State University. A professional photographer. In 2013 graduated from the Studio of Individual Directing (MIR). In 2014 graduated from the Moscow Film School as an editor. In 2016 graduated from the Moscow Film School as a film director. Among the director's works - commercials and music videos.


FILMOGRAPHY:

2023 - "An Absolute Zero", short film
2020 - "Eat an Elephant", documentary
2020 - "I Dream of making friends", documentary
2020 - "Zaonezhane", documentary
2020 - "Veps", documentary
2019 - "House of Books", documentary
2018 - "Birthday", short student film \ diploma
2016 - "Choked", short student film
2014 - "Pumpkin", short student film \ debut

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2014, Russia, 35' fiction film producer Mikhail Romanovskiy
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2014, Russia, 20' documentary producer Kirsten Gaynet
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2014, Russia, 16:07' fiction film producer Yury Sukhodolskiy
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2014, Russia, 42:52' documentary producer Olga Arlauskas
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2015, Russia, 90:02' fiction film producer Arseniy Gonchukov
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2015, Russia, 11:25' fiction film producer Efgraph Sorokin
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2015, Russia, 24:16' fiction film producer Dmitry Golubov
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2015, Russia, 24:42' fiction film producer Nikita Ordynskiy
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2015, Russia, 16:22' fiction film producer Anna Kott
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2015, Russia, 88:43’' fiction film producer Alexandr Kott
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2015, Russia, France, 51:28' documentary producer Egor Klimovich
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2015, Russia, 61:03' documentary producer Mariya Linder,Yakov Zakhvatkin
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2015, Russia, 12:22' documentary producer Ilya Zheltyakov
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2015, Russia, 09:00' fiction film producer Kirill Kosolapov
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2015, Russia, 25:02' documentary producer Kirill Burdov
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2015, Russia, 05:05' fiction film producer Kristina Rabotenko
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2015, Russia, 09:59' documentary producer Yuriy Kalyuzhniy
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2015, Russia, 14:30' fiction film producer Maxim Dashkin
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2015, Singapore, Russia, 09:26' fiction film producer Maxim Dashkin
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2015, USA, 53:03' documentary producer Helga Landauer
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2015, Russia, 65:08 ' documentary producer Konstantin Smirnov
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2015, Belarus, 14:59' fiction film producer Mitry Semenov-Aleynikov
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2015, Italy, 17:37' fiction film producer Alina Gurinova
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2016, Russia, 16:01' fiction film producer Ekaterina Stashevskaya
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2016, Russia, 23:27' fiction film producer Andrey Egorov
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2016, Russia, 10:26' fiction film producer Yuriy Kalyuzhniy
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2016, Russia, 90' documentary producer Olga Arlauskas,Svetlana Gorlo
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2016, Russia, 23:40' fiction film producer Nina Vedmitskaya
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2016, Russia, 16:28 ' fiction film producer Elena Piskareva
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2016, Russia, 91:09' fiction film producer Vladimir Rudak
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2016, Russia, 15:58' fiction film producer Andrey Bulatov
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2016, Russia, 30:00' documentary producer Yuliya Kiselyova
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2016, Russia, 22:02' fiction film producer Alena Alenkina
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2016, Russia, 29:59' fiction film producer Yuliya Dmitriyeva
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2016, Russia, 26:59' fiction film producer Petr Levchenko
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2016, Russia, 15:22' documentary producer Karina Vilenkina
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2016, Russia, 93:06' documentary producer Natalia Gugueva
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2016, Russia, 29:47' fiction film producer Anna Simakova
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2016, Russia, 13:55’' fiction film producer Pavel Inin
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2016, Russia, 13:09' fiction film producer Evgeniya Duplyakina
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2016, Russia, 26:00' fiction film producer Veniamin Tronin
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2016, Russia, 22:29' documentary producer Nikita Tikhonov-Rau,Olga Arlauskas
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2016, Russia, 03:27 ' fiction film producer Vladimir Tsarenko
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2016, Russia, Greece, 99:39' documentary producer Mark Visioner
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2016, Russia, 24:20' fiction film producer Alexandra Sokolovskaya
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2016, Russia, 29:55' fiction film producer Tatiana Ra
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2016, Russia, 04:59' fashion fiction film producer Jana Nedzvetkaya
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2016, Russia, 28:00' fiction film producer Denis Lafanov
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2016, Italy, 13:09' fiction film producer Domenico Modafferi
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2016, Italy, UK, 29:08' documentary producer Gloria Aura Bortolini
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2016, Georgia, 08:00' fiction film producer Khukhua Tornike
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2016, Italy, 23:45' fiction film producer Adelmo Togliani
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2016, Russia, 109’' documentary producer Daniil Bondar
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2016, Russia, 21:03' fiction film producer Olga Shtol
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2016, Russia, Hungary, Belarus, 70:51' fiction film producer Lika Alekseeva
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2016, Russia, 10:30' fiction film producer Alexander Saltykov,Darya Homyakova
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2016, Russia, 13:14' fiction film producer Sasha Yastrebova
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2016, Russia, Spain, 50:07' documentary producer Algis Arlauskas
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2016, Russia, 96:58' fiction film producer Sergey Solovyov
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2016, Russia, 09:00' fiction film producer Julia Saponova
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2016, Russia, 22:36’' fiction film producer Konstantin Abaev
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2016, Russia, 14:15' fiction film producer Anastasiya Marsakova
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2016, Belarus, 23:22' fiction film producer Alexander Vysokovskiy
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2016, Russia, 29:59' fiction film producer Nika Barabash,Andreas Costandakes
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2016, Russia, 91:14' fiction film producer Kseniya Baskakova
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2016, Russia, 26:59' fiction film producer Evgeniy Puzyrevskiy
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2016, Russia, 9:50' fiction film producer Tatiana Astapova
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2016, Russia, UK, 27:20' fiction film producer Alexander Mercury
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2016, Russia, 08:14' fiction film producer Pavel Ivanov
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2016, Russia, 22:24' fiction film producer Kirill Vasiliev
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2016, Russia, 21:14' fiction film producer Max Kubrinskiy
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2016, Russia, 59:45' documentary producer Maxim Kobzev
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2016, Russia, 14:41' fiction film producer Yuri Alessin
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2016, Belarus, 28:31' fiction film producer Victor Krasovskiy
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2016, Russia, 08:03' fiction film producer Olga Dibtseva
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2016, Russia, 83:00’' fiction film producer Boris Gouts
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2016, Russia, 13:36' documentary producer Zlata Oronova
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2016, Italy, 14:25' fiction film producer Antonin Bobo
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2017, Kazakhstan, 23:00' fiction film producer Aigul Axambiyeva
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2017, Russia, 30:58' fiction film producer Kseniya Tischenko
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2017, Russia, 17:06' fiction film producer Denis Kudryavtsev
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2017, Russia, 85:28' documentary producer Yulia Kiseleva
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2017, Russia, 17:21' fiction film producer Vakhtang Khubutia
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2017, Russia, 09:30' fiction film producer Alexey Puchkovskiy
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2017, Russia, 79:38' fiction film producer Oleg Ageychev
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2017, Russia, 08:36' fiction film producer Victor Derebenko
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2017, Russia, 27' fiction film producer Sidorov-Frantsuzov
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2017, Russia, 25' fiction film producer Svetlana Sukhanova
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2017, Russia, India, 21:18' documentary producer Maria Khristoforova
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2017, Russia, 28:00' fiction film producer Nikolay Kotyash
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2017, Russia, 25:20' fiction film producer Sergey Pozdnyakov
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2017, Russia, Latvia, 70:51' documentary producer Darya Khrenova
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2017, Russia, 32:56' fiction film producer Narkas Iskandarova
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2017, Russia, 30' fiction film producer Nastya Antonova
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2017, Russia, 50:43' documentary producer Dmitry Zavilgelskiy
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2017, Russia, 10:35' fiction film producer Egor Voronin
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2017, Russia, 28:03' documentary producer Nikita Tikhonov-Rau
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2017, Russia, 25:01' fiction film producer Evgeniy Nikitin
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2017, Russia, 99' fiction film producer Alexander Kasatkin
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2017, Russia, 30:48 / 54:58' documentary producer Yulia Kiseleva
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