The Return of Erkin

A Film by Maria Guskova

Synopsis

Erkin gets out of prison and wants to return to his former life. But everything has changed and he does not know if he can live as a free man.

Director

  • Picture of Maria Guskova © Maria Guskova

    Maria Guskova

    Maria Guskova was born in 1982. She graduated from the Moscow State University's philological department in 2006. Then she began studying filmmaking in Sweden and later film directing at the High Courses of Script-writing and Filmdirecting in Moscow, Russia. In September 2011 she took part in Tonino Guerra's workshop in Pennabilli, Italy. In 2012 participated in Mark Travis' workshop "Technique for Directing Actors".

Awards + Festivals

  • *3rd PRIZE OF CINEFONDATION PROGRAM*
    68th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, France)May 20, 2015
  • *SPECIAL JURY AWARD*
    26th KINOTAVR OPEN RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, Sochi, Russia)June 9, 2015
  • 1st MONTEFELTRO FILM SCHOOL FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pennabilly, Italy)July 29, 2015
  • *PRESIDENT’S AWARD*
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA) 
September 5, 2016
  • 40th TORONTO INTERNATL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada)September 14, 2015
  • *BEST SHORT FILM AWARD*
    13th PACIFIC MERIDIAN INTERNATL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vladivostok, Russia)September 16, 2015
  • *BEST SHORT FILM AWARD*
    25th MESSAGE TO MAN INTERNATL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, St.Petersburg, Russia)October 1, 2015
  • 34th UPPSALA INTERNATL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, Sweden)October 19, 2015
  • 13th TOFIFEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, Torun, Poland)October 23, 2015
  • 13th KONSTANZER KURZ.FILM.SPIELE (Official Selection, Germany)October 23, 2016
  • 25th FILM FESTIVAL COTTBUS (Official Selection, Cottbus, Germany)November 6, 2015
  • *SPECIAL JURY AWARD*
    12th ASIANA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, Seoul, South Korea)November 7, 2015
  • 29th AFI FEST 2015 (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)November 7, 2015
  • *GRAND PRIX*, *FESTIVAL CONNEXION AWARD*
    36th VILLEURBANNE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, France)November 14, 2015
  • 2nd CINEMA OF TOMORROW – CAIRO INTERNATL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, Egypt)November 14, 2015
  • *SPECIAL JURY AWARD*
    14th CINEMAFORUM 2015 (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)November 27, 2015
  • *AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD*
    5th HAMBURGER DEUTSCH-RUSSISCHES KINOFORUM “KINOHAFEN” 2015 (Official Selection, Germany)November 29, 2015
  • *1st PRIZE OF EASTWARD WINDOW PROGRAM*
    10th ZUBROFFKA INTERNATL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, Bialystok, Poland)December 14, 2015
  • *BRONZE EGG* (3rd Prize)
    9th KÜSTENDORF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Mokra Gora, Serbia)January 24, 2016
  • 28th MINIMALEN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Trondheim, Norway )January 30, 2016
  • 44th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM 2016 (Official Selection, The Netherlands)January 29, 2016
  • 38th CLERMONT-FERRAND INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, France)February 6, 2016
  • 46th TAMPERE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Finland)March 9, 2016
  • 22nd REGENSBURG INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Germany)March 12, 2016
  • 8th SHORT WAVES FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Poznań, Poland)March 15, 2016
  • 21st VILNIUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Lithuania )April 1, 2016
  • *JURY PRIZE*
    18th ISMAILIA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Egypt)April 24, 2016
  • 10th RIVER FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Padua, Italy)June 3, 2016
  • 22nd PALM SPRINGS INTL SHORTFEST (Official Selection, Palm Springs, USA)June 21, 2016
  • ALANYA 'CRYSTAL CASTLE' INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Istanbul, Turkey)June 24, 2016
  • 65th MELBOURNE INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Australia) July 28, 2016
  • 1st CINEEAST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Germany)July 29, 2016
  • *AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTING*
    9th LVIV INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WIZ-ART (Official Selection, Ukraine)August 4, 2016
  • 20th FLICKERS’ RHODE ISLAND INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Newport, RI, USA)August 9, 2016
  • *NOMINATED IN BEST FILM & BEST INT’L FILM*
    21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK) September 1, 2016
  • *HUMAN VALUE AWARD FROM THE GREEK PARLIAMENT*
    22nd INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN DRAMA (Official Selection, Greece)September 19, 2016
  • 21st RIGA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL 2ANNAS (Official Selection, Riga, Latvia)September 27, 2016
  • 36th THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ”AUTUMN IN VORONET” (Official Selection, Romania)October 14, 2016
  • 15th INT’L STUDENT AND VIDEO FESTIVAL OF BEIJING FILM ACADEMY (Official Selection, China) October 16, 2016
  • *BEST INT'L FICTION FILM*
    4th UMUT - FORUM OF YOUNG CINEMA (Official Selection, Bishek, Kyrgyzstan)October 28, 2016
  • 1st BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Student Section, Bucharest, Romania)November 1, 2016
  • 9th CHARLESTON INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Charleston, South Carolina, USA)November 2, 2016
  • ALCINE – ALCALÁ DE HENARES / COMUNIDAD DE MADRID FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Spain)November 4, 2016
  • 6th WEYAUWEGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wisconsin, USA)November 9, 2016
  • 23rd L’ALTERNATIVA - BARCELONA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Spain)November 14, 2016
  • UK FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Short Film Category, London, UK)November 23, 2016
  • 2nd PORI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pori, Finland)November 23, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)December 3, 2016
  • 14th BOGOTÁ SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Reconcilement Special Program, Colombia)December 6, 2016
  • *BEST SHORT FILM 2nd*
    5th SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 10, 2016
  • 8th ESPACIOENTER CANARIAS – FESTIVAL INT'L CREATIVIDAD (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands)December 12, 2016
  • 2nd INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA (Official Selection, Island of Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)January 10, 2017
  • 15th DHAKA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Out of Competition, Bangladesh)January 12, 2017
  • SPECIAL AWARD
    20th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ZOOM – ZBLIZENIA (Official Selection, Poland)February 20, 2017
  • LIFF - LUME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brazil)March 3, 2017
  • 2nd FEMUCIQ FESTIVAL MUNDIAL DE CINE INDEPENDIENTE DE QUITO (Official Selection, Quito, Ecuador)March 7, 2017
  • FEMCINE7 - FESTIVAL CINE DE MUJERES (Official Selection, Santiago de Chile, Chile)March 28, 2017
  • 64th BELAGRADE DOCUMENTARY & SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Serbia)March 30, 2017
  • 11th IFEMA - INTERNATIONAL FEMALE FILM FESTIVAL MALMÖ (Official Selection, Sweden)April 3, 2017
  • INDEPENDENT DAYS | 17Tth INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Karlsruhe, Germany)April 5, 2017
  • CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lansing, MI, USA)April 5, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)April 20, 2017
  • FFRESH STUDENT MEDIA FESTIVAL (Shortlisted: International Fiction, Cardiff, Wales)May 2, 2017
  • *SPECIAL JURY AWARD*
    SHORT TO THE POINT MARCH 2017 (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania) June 5, 2017
  • 57th ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL (Zlín Dog International Student Film Competition, Zlín - Kudlov, Czech Republic)May 26, 2017
  • *GRAND PRIZE*
    FESTIVAL OF NATIONS 2017 (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria) June 2, 2017
  • 3rd DOC SUNBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mulvane, Kansas, USA)June 22, 2017
  • 8th FREDERICK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Frederick, Maryland, USA)June 23, 2017
  • 2nd FESTIVAL COURT EN SCÈNE (Int. Competition, Troyes / La Chapelle Saint-Luc, France)November 17, 2017
  • 8th KARAMA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amman, Jordan)December 5, 2017
  • 12th BRAZILIAN INTERNATIONAL LABOUR FILM FESTIVAL / MOSTRA CINETRABALHO (Official Selection, Marília, Brazil)May 25, 2018

Crew

Screenplay
Maria Guskova
Producer
Dennis Guskov, Maria Guskova, Rinat Muslimov; Big Fish Production
Director
Maria Guskova
Director of Photography
Dennis Guskov
Art Direction
Maria Guskova
Sound
Vyacheslav Nesmeyanov
Editor
Maria Guskova, Anna Arlanova
Sound Design
Vyacheslav Nesmeyanov

Details

Running Time
29:29 (DCP@24fps and NTSC DVD), 28:18 (PAL BluRay/DVD)
Shooting Format
RED 5K HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo
Website

Contact

FILM AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 176 - 62965299
markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL

High Courses of Script-writing and Film-directing (VKSR)
Moscow, Russia
http://www.kinobraz.ru/

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Big Fish Production
Producer Dennis Guskov
+7 926 917 1969
cineditor@gmail.com
http://www.bigfishpro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheReturnOfErkin/