The Golden Buttons

Russia / 2020 / documentary / 19' / Short Film Competition

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.

directed by
Alex EvstigneevQ&A guest

Born and grown in Shatura, Russia. He has been studying Documentary Filmmaking at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography n.a. Sergej Gerasimov (also known as VGIK), course of Viktor Lisakovich and Alexej Geleyn. He took part in Talent Campus Fajr International Film Festival in 2019. Alex makes documentaries, animations, short films, commercials, and music videos. Filmography: “Mom’s Hair” (2021), “The Golden Buttons” (2020), “Track” (2019).

Alex Evstigneev, Liza Popova
Alex Evstigneev
Iliya Nasirov
Sasha Gusarova
Alex Kozmenko (VGIK)
The Golden Buttons