The Summer Ends Soon
A group of young people, fascinated by music, socially and nationally mixed up in a Kazakh neighbourhood against a back-drop of social turmoil and the drastically changing times of the early 90s in the Soviet Union. The main character of the story, an almost adult Kazakh boy, Bakha (16), falls in love with a Russian-Polish girl, Berta (18), who, feeling ready for a relationship of a different kind, is attracted to the frontman of the band from their courtyard – a Russian guy Vitka (19). And Vitka, in turn, does not miss a single pretty girl, while remaining officially a couple with Berta. And in this mess of a relationship, Bakha doesn’t seem to have any real force to fight. The age and the race abyss become an almost insurmountable obstacle for him, but, nevertheless, he ends up the winner. The life around these teenagers is pretty characteristic for the beginning of the 90’s: petty crime, theft and "gop-stop".
This film is very important to me. I was born in Almaty. My story about teenagers intervenes with the beginning of the 90s: petty crime, theft and "gop-stop". The personal drama of the main character here is multi-layered: the gap between the participants of this trinity is not only in age, but also race. Separation, including social, which looms in the movie, is also present nowadays, mainly in small cities of Russia and Kazakhstan. This story of a teenager growing up takes place against the backdrop of a historical event. The event here is the death, in the summer of 1990, of Viktor Tsoi, the famous Russian Rock Singer. It is necessary to say a few words about Viktor Tsoi. Nowadays, young people are singing his songs on the streets of Almaty. He is a significant hero for a generation of today’s teenagers! A few weeks ago, people in Belurus marched in their thousands singing his song “We want Changes” and some of them were arrested for that (in 2020!)
Yana Skopina was born in 1983 in Almaty. After studying at a drama school, she successfully graduated in Advertising Technologies from ORT International College. She then studied filmmaking in VGIK, as well as at the Moscow State University of Theatre Arts. Since 2015, she has been teaching directing at VGIK. Author, curator and teacher of the “Filmmaking. Junior” course at the film school INDUSTRY. Awards winner in multiple film festivals: TEFI, METERS, BASTAU, VGIKfest. Film Festival Fellow, ARTKINO, FILM GUILD.RU, FILM KUSTENDORF, St. ANNA, BIOF2018.
Tamara Bogdanova became an independent producer in 2014 (KINOKULT Producers Center (PC)). In early 2019, with the support of Moscow’s KARO. Art project and October Film Center, Bogdanova launched her company’s own New Cinema project: regular screenings of short films by Russian and CIS filmmakers that participated in international film festivals, followed by Q&A sessions with their authors and film industry professionals. Tamara Bogdanova’s producing credits most recently include The Criminal Man, a Russia/Georgia co-production directed by Dmitry Mamuliya, which premiered in the Orizzonti section of the 76th Venice IFF in 2019. Bogdanova has presented projects in various stages of development at co-production markets such as Karlovy Vary WIP, Les Arcs, Producers Network Roskino (Marche du Film).
Yerkezhan Maksut graduated from the Kazakh National University of Art in 2015, specialising as a director of documentary films. In 2019, she started her own film production company. Tandem Production has offices in Moscow and Berlin
Anna Katchko has produced more than 20 award-winning co-productions ("Harmony Lessons", Berlinale Silver Bear, "Black Hen" Venice IFF best debut, "Mariam" Locarno Competition, "Proxima" Toronto Jury Price etc.) Katchko is a Chief Advisor at the Kazakh Cinema Center and has founded and curated many international film-business/training events in Russia and Kazakhstan (Moscow Business Square, Spotlight: New Kazakh Cinema, EAVE CIS etc). Member of European Film Academy. Speaks fluent German, English, French & Russian.
Moscow-based independent film company KINOKULT was founded in 2015 by producers Tamara BOGDANOVA and Mikhail KARASEV, with a mission to search for new cinematic language and forms. The company’s focus is on domestic production and international co-production of documentary and feature films, as well as video art, with potential for international distribution. The company’s filmography includes titles that have received awards at both Russian and international film festivals (in Europe, Asia, U.S.). KINOKULT has presented projects in various stages of development at co-production markets such as Karlovy Vary IFF WIP, Les Arcs Industry Village, Producers Network (Marche du Film), Roskino Key Buyers Event etc. Domestically, KINOKULT actively supports young independent filmmakers.