Ostrov – Lost Island

Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:Switzerland
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Addiction & Mental Health
Asian Cultures & Issues
Rural Life
Russian & Eastern European Culture & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Svetlana Rodina
Laurent Stoop
Producer(s):Corinna Dästner
Sonja Kilbertus
Urs Schnell
Writer(s):Svetlana Rodina
Laurent Stoop
Editor(s):Orsola Valenti
Karine Sudan
Svetlana Rodina
Cinematography:Laurent Stoop
Sound Design:Jérôme Cuendet


Winner—Best International Feature Documentary Award

Once home to a thriving fishing collective farm, the island of Ostrov in the Caspian Sea has fallen into despair. Caught between political turmoil after the fall of the USSR, the few remaining inhabitants have been abandoned by the government of Russia and must rely on poaching to survive. With no jobs and no electricity or gas, the fishermen are forced to illegally fish the heavily patrolled seas, risking both their lives and freedom. In this tale of love, hope and dreams set against the harsh and barren backdrop of the island, some residents pray to escape, while others believe Putin will restore Russia to greatness and rescue the lost island from its plight. Heather Haynes.

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