12 +

How Big Is the Galaxy? (2018)

Section: Competition of European Documentary Films for Children and Youth

Director: Ksenia Elyan, Russia, Estonia, 2018, 72 min.



Fri | 24.05 | 16:30 | Golden Apple Cinema 5

The Zharkov family-father, mother and two young sons-belong to the Dolgan community, one of the last indigenous peoples pursuing their traditional nomadic life in the extreme north of Siberia. The children used to be sent to boarding school, where they became estranged from their family and culture, but nowadays they can get homeschooling from teachers assigned to them by the Russian authorities. Seven-year-old Zakhar and his older brother Prokopy are the protagonists in this calm, observational film. Zakhar's first year of schooling is with Nelly, a young but serious teacher. She tells him about President Putin and the importance of mathematics, and he learns classical poems by heart. Zakhar is an inquisitive and intelligent boy. Each day, he has a hundred new questions about the world, and he's surprised to discover that his teacher doesn't have all the answers.

CountryRussia, Estonia
Production Year2018
Runtime72 min.
Age limit12
SubtitlesEnglish, simul. translation cz
Directed by Ksenia Elyan
Story Ksenia Elyan
Screenplay Ksenia Elyan
Director of Photography Ksenia Elyan
Music Lusia Kazaryan-Topchyan
Edited by Evgenia Ostanina, Ksenia Elyan, Tomáš Doruška
Contact Marx Film
Ksenia Elyan Russian documentary filmmaker, editor and cameraman. She studied documentary film at a school of documentary film and theater in Moscow. She’s been a camerwoman and edited many documentaries, TV shows, commercials and videos. She directed the documentary Uncle Vova (Djadja Vova, 2010) and How Big is the Galaxy? (Chozjain oleněj, 2018), which is her feature debut.