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Starring Yuliya Aug, Larisa Damaskina, Olga Dobrina.
Directed by Aleksei Fedorchenko.
Classification: CTC, 77 mins.
Official Site: http://www.iconmovies.com.au/Movies/S/SilentSouls.aspx
Language: Russian (subtitled).
Silent Souls (Russian: Овсянки, "Yellowhammers") is a 2010 Russian film that was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice Film Festival. It is based on a 2008 novella by Denis Osokin. The film was awarded the Golden Osella for best cinematography and a FIPRESCI award.Aist is a middle-aged bachelor who leads a lonely life in the northern town of Neya. Like many of his neighbours, he identifes himself as a Meryan and strives to keep alive the ancient traditions of his people. (In reality, the Finnic tribe of Merya was assimilated by the Russians at some point in the Middle Ages). One day his boss Miron informs him about the death of his wife Tanya. The two men take her body to Gorbatov (the smallest town in Russia) in order to perform cremation rites on the bank of the Oka River. On their way back to Neya they are attacked by yellowhammers and die in a car crash on the Kineshma Bridge while crossing "the great Meryan river" (i.e., the Volga).
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