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Holidays Programme 2022

by Antoine Cattin Focus Competition

Nowhere else are there as many public holidays as in Russia. Swiss filmmaker Antoine Cattin uses the festivals and parades as an opportunity to guide us through the city of St. Petersburg and into the soul of a country that is difficult to understand. Along the way, we meet Dzhuz, a Kazakh immigrant who hops from job to job, accompany the xenophobic streetcar driver Dina at her rallies, share the joy of flowers on Women's Day with the well-off caretaker Anna, and follow the smart Nikita, who scales the city's roofs. Through its four protagonists, this superbly edited film captures the mood of a country full of contrasts, where the next war constantly hovers over its people like the sword of Damocles.

About the director(s)

Antoine Cattin was born in 1975 in Saignelégier, Switzerland. He graduated with a degree in history, film and Russian from the University of Lausanne. He is the founder and publisher of the film magazine "Hors-Champ" and has lived for the last twenty years in Russia, where he worked as assistant director to Sergey Loznitsa. Cattin has directed several documentary films in collaboration with Pavel Kostomarov, including VIVRE EN PAIX (2005) and LA MÈRE (2007), which was nominated for the European Film Award. HOLIDAYS world premiered at CPH:DOX.

Filmography (selection): Holidays (doc, 2022) | Playback (doc, 2012) | Rubber Mermaid (short film, doc, 2009) | La mère (doc, 2007) | Vivre en paix (short film, doc, 2005) | Transformator (short film, doc, 2003)


About the director(s)


Time Venue

18:00* Piccadilly

16:00* Kosmos 6

13:45 Piccadilly

20:15 Piccadilly

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  • Genre: DOC: Social Interest & Politics
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 2022
  • Runtime: 87 Min
  • Languages: Russian
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Antoine Cattin
  • Cast: Dzhus Kamiev, Nikita Agapov, Dina Garina, Anna Fiodorovna
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  • Screenplay: Antoine Cattin
  • Cinematography: Antoine Cattin, Dzhus Kamiev, Nikita Agapov, Dina Garina, Konstantin Selin, Ruslan Guzov
  • Editor: Antoine Cattin
  • Sound: Antoine Cattin, Adrien Kessler
  • Music: Hugo Noth, Thomas Hill, Serguei Shinurov, Ahmad Zahir, Andrei Antipov, Fyodor Chistyakov
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  • Producers: Elena Hill, Irène Challand, Steven Artels, Philippe Zibung
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  • Production Companies: Les Films Hors-Champ, SRG SSR RTS
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