International Competition

Hydroelectric Joy

Alexander Markov / France / 2024 / 60’ / Russian | English and Italian subtitles


1960. Leningrad, USSR. Vadim Rudenko is a hydraulic engineer and amateur filmmaker.
He felt in love at the vacation with a biologist Vera, but their romance is interrupted by the Soviet chiefs. They sent Vadim urgently to the Egypt.
This trip to Aswan represents a great opportunity for his career, but Vadim is torn between his feelings and his sense of duty. The conquest of Vera’s heart is replaced by the conquest of the Nile. Meanwhile, the USSR is experiencing a wave of euphoria – “hydroelectric bliss”. Villages were relocated, forests and communes flooded.
For the president of Egypt  Gamal Abdel Nasser the construction of the High Dam is a challenge to show to the Western world his power. The impact of the environment, indigenous people and cultural heritage is not thought about.  For Vadim it is a dream of buying a Volga car afterword, so he can return to Vera as a winner.

Editing Svetlana Pechenykh
Music Sologub
Sound design and mix Pierre Armand
Color Clèment Allamand
Production  Petite à Petit Production,
Producer Rebecca Houzel
Co-production Kintop films

Alexander Markov
Alexander Markov was born in Leningrad, Russia (USSR) in 1973. He graduated from the University of Arts and Culture in Saint Petersburg (Film and Video Film and Video Directing) and the Russian Institute of Art History (Film History Department. History of Cinema). He is a filmmaker and artist and has taught documentary filmmaking at the St Petersburg Film and Television Institute. He also works as an independent programmer. His video installations have been shown at the Sharjah Biennial, Calvert 22, Iwalewahaus, Africa.Cont, CEU etc. His films have taken part in and won prizes at many international festivals such as La Berlinale, Visions du Réel, Indie Lisaboa, DocPoint, Sheffiels Doc, Film Africa, Message To Man, NYAFF, Artdocfest, Cinefest, Directors Louge, Stalker, Temps d’images and many others.

May 30 06:00 pm.
Cinema Intrastevere Hall 1
Meeting with the author

May 31 09:00 pm.
Cinema Intrastevere Hall 3