TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 3:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 10:00 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:France
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Ecology & the Environment
Experimental & Observational Storytelling
Families & Family Stories
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Clément Cogitore
Producer(s):Cédric Bonin
Editor(s):Pauline Gaillard
Cinematography:Sylvain Verdet
Sound:Julien Ngo Trong


The film starts with a dream, a blurred vision. Then images of the endless Siberian taiga, seen through a helicopter's window, suggest a long journey from civilization. That's where the Braguines, a family of Orthodox Old Believers, decided to settle—in the middle of a forest that provides ample food for their many children. But they're not totally isolated: On the other side of a fence live the equally anti-authoritarian Kilines, with whom they've been feuding for as long as they can remember, and whom the director films only from a distance. Yet the constant sense of threat may not come from these estranged neighbours or from the roaming bears that fierce hunters turn into children's slippers; the unspoiled landscape attracts the greed of eager and heavily armed foreigners. At any time, the foggy, eerie fairy tale of Braguino can turn into a downright nightmare. Charlotte Selb

The Changing Face of Europe program presented in partnership with European Film Promotion (EFP). Film recommended by EFP member UniFrance. [More]

Included Shorts

The Farmer (40min) More

Additional Information

Variety - "Hot Docs, EFP Offer Peek at ‘Changing Face of Europe'"

POV - "Braguino Review"