They sing about love, war and forgiveness. The voices pertain to drug dealers, thieves or murderers jailed in one of the about thousand Russian prisons or penal camps. They all dream about becoming part of the song contest “Kalina Krasnaya“. Each of the approximately 700,000 Russian prisoners has the opportunity to participate. Natalia Abashkina, director of the show, travels tirelessly through the country looking for talents and caring about her fosterlings.
The film explores the world behind bars, reflects the social reality of a state still characterized by arbitrariness and brutality – and encounters people who, in the penal camps, discover their artistic soul.

 

“It seems as if the filmmaker only wanted to tell about the managing of the show, but the film presents a much broader picture of Russia to the world”. (Vitaly Mansky, Meduza.io)

Gala concert Kalina Krasnaya, Vologda 2014
Concert of prisoners in Penal Colony No. 17, Vologda region
'How about you? Are you on your way of amendment?'
Press conference Kalina Krasnaya, Vologda 2014
“Example for wearing a mandated uniform: Summer / Winter”
Penal camp No 7, St.Petersburg
Show director Natalia Abashkina rehearsling with a prisoner

TRAILER

NEWS


12 - 02 - 2016

DECEMBER 2nd, 2016 WORLD PREMIERE AT THE ARTDOCFEST IN MOSCOW

Stefan Eberlein with W.Klimenkov and E.Podkosina, Managers of the songcontest Kalina Krasnaya


CREDITS

Featuring: Natalia Abashkina, Viatchislav Klimenkov, Anatoliy Kuleshov, Sergei Chumichev, Ivan Derevnin, Elena Filimonova, Maxim Kust, Sergei Abragam, Rafik Djafarov I
 Written and directed by: Stefan Eberlein I Director of Photography:  Denis Klebeev, Manuel Fenn I Second Camera: Natalia Abashkina, Vyachislav Satchkov I
Set Director prison: Dmitrii Pervushin I
Editor: Ulrike Tortora I Assistant Editor: Sophie Oldenbourg (BFS) I Sound: Sorin Apostol, Ingo Burghardt, Ravshan Kuznetsov I
Music: Gregor Hübner, Gerd Baumann I Dialogue Editor: Markus Limberger I
Sound Design and Mix: Jonathan Schorr I Original Music Editor: Sebastian Heinrich I Color Correction: Elmar Weinhold I Title Design: Alexander Degner I
Line Producer: Kathrin Lemme I Producers: Stefan Eberlein, Manuel Fenn
I Editorial Staff: Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri, SWR / Jutta Krug, WDR

 

SUPPORTED WITH FUNDS BY

 FilmFernsehFonds Bayern / MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg I Renovabis  I
A Filmbüro Süd Produktion in co-production Südwestrundfunk and Westdeutscher Rundfunk


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