Zaplyv Film / 2015
HD, VHS, 78 min, 16:9, color, sound
"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
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.
Director, Cinematography and Editing
Normen Perke, Clarissa Thieme
Director of Photography of Archive Footage
Jurij Svetlakov, Aleksandr Udalov, Fedor Ivachov, Mikhail Murizin
University of the Arts Berlin
In Collaboration with
Kristina Paustian and György Gattyàn
East Silver Market
2015 Duisburger Filmwoche
***ARTE Documentary Award***
2015 Torino Film Festival - TFFDOC/INTERNAZIONALE.DOC
2015 ArtDocFest Moscow, Russia
2016 Arsenal Berlin
2016 Nova Cinema Echos of Jihlava, Brussels
2016 Screencity Paris
2018 Arsenal Berlin
2019 Feldfünf, Berlin