Conference

Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Reason8 Films Ltd.
2020
135 Minutes
Russia, Estonia, United Kingdom, Italy
Russian
Drama
Not Rated
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Natalia, a nun from a remote Russian monastery, comes to Moscow 17 years after the terrorist attack on the Dubrovka Theatre. She has been sent there to organize a memorial evening for the victims of the attack that took place in October 2002. We soon learn that Natalia and her family themselves were witnesses to the attack. Almost forgotten now by the outside world, the organizers and participants of the memorial evening or the Conference (as they have been asked to call it officially) are made to feel like a burden by the rest of the society. Following the chronology of the events as told by a few participants in the memorial evening, we learn the dark details of Natalia's personal story.

Cast

  • Natalya Pavlenkova
  • Natalya Potapova
  • Kseniya Zueva
  • Yan Tsapnik
  • Highest Rating
    "Along with the film’s plot, the intensity of its topic and its surprising protagonist, it is the work of DoP Fedor Glazachev that makes Conference so impressive, through his vigorously varied techniques, which include disorienting close-ups, monumental wide shots inside the theatre, skewed POV angles and often surprising lighting related to the theme's religious dimension."
    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa
  • Highest Rating
    "DoP Fedor Glazachev changes from panorama shots of the auditorium to intensive close-ups, showing the incredulity of the situation. Pavlenkova is brilliant, so is the ensemble acting. Tverdovskiy goes right to the bone in this no holds barred account...."
    Meredith Taylor, Filmuforia

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