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    Holidays and power

    RUSSIA: Cinematic mosaic of its public holidays as Kremlin 'closes in' on Russian society
    Director: Antoine Cattin
    Producer: Elena Hill
    Country: Switzerland

    Russia plays host to many holidays as its citizens embrace festivities all year round – from New Year’s Eve to Defender of the Fatherland Day, from Women’s Day to Russia Day, and whatnot. Antoine Cattin’s film succinctly titled Holidays (made in memory of late Russian filmmaker Alexander Rastorguev) recounts some of them by following four ordinary residents of Russia’s cultural capital of St. Petersburg. – an impish migrant from Kazakhstan who is never too far off from trouble, a young urban climber who scales the city’s numerous landmarks and roofs, a xenophobic trolleybus driver and a tough head of housing and communal services. Partly shot by the protagonists themselves, the film is a cinematic mosaic of the persons’ inner lives as they partake in the country’s assorted celebrations. However, in essence, the film is not about . . .

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    Sevara Pan
    Journalist and film critic.
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