The Golden Buttons

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This Russian school for cadets has frozen in time. Although the boys can use mobile phones to talk to their family members and surf online and the military drill classes include ballet exercises, the spirit and thinking about the power of the eastern empire seem to have remained unchanged for years. The camera patiently portrays students giving them an opportunity to speak about themselves and also captures them in various everyday situations. The documentary shows the picture of regular boys who have become entangled in dangerous mechanisms at a young age. The winner of the Silver Dragon Award for the best short documentary film at the 60th KFF.

directed by
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Alex Evstigneev

He was born in Russia. He studied Documentary Film at the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) under the tutelage of Viktor Lisakovich and Alexey Geleyn. His student film The Track premiered at Dok Leipzig in 2019 and his next film “The Golden Buttons” won the Silver Dragon at the 60th Krakow Film Festival. “Mom's Hair” is his graduation project. Alex makes documentaries, animations, short films, commercials, and music videos.

Alex Evstigneev, Liza Popova
Alex Evstigneev
Iliya Nasirov
Michael Tyukalin
Sasha Gusarova
Alex Kozmenko (VGIK)
Kadr z filmu The Golden Buttons