Life of Ivanna

Russia, Norway, Finland, Estonia2021documentary80'International Documentary Competition

The eponymous protagonist is a true strongwoman. This young mother of five children belongs to the nomadic community of Nenets, an ethnic group living in remote areas of Siberian tundra. Unable to count on her husband – an alcoholic, Ivanna fulfils traditional male and female roles at the same time. But her dream is to abandon her nomadic life in severe conditions. Moving to a city, however, signifies not only a radical change but also a violation of the local tradition. The camera captures the protagonist’s heroic efforts to ensure something more than biological survival for her and her children.

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Renato Borrayo SerranoQ&A guest

Film director, screenwriter and producer He was born in 1992 in Guatemala. Since 2012 he has been living and working in Russia. He is a graduate of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography with a documentary specialisation. He completed a course of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov at Moscow’s School of Documentary Cinema and Theatre. Since 2014 his films have been screened at many international festivals. His picture Film for Carlos received an honourable mention at Dok Leipzig 2017. His latest work "Life of Ivanna" premiered at the main competition of CPH DOX and Hotdocs.

cinematography
Renato Borrayo Serrano, Darya Sidorova
script
Renato Borrayo Serrano, Daria Sidorova
music
Timo Steiner
sound
Israel Bañuelos
editing
Inge-Lise Langfeldt, Renato Borrayo Serrano
production
Vlad Ketkovich (Ethnofund)
Photo
Kadr z filmu Life of Ivanna