In June 2013, the Russian Duma passes a new anti-gay bill. What’s it like to live in a country of ideological extremes, with a government that fuels the already prevalent homophobia with a new law? While a military parade outside celebrates the victory of the Great Patriotic War, the film-maker sits on a sofa behind closed curtains and talks to gay and lesbian couples. Despite the resentment, the couples talk about themselves, their sexuality, their families and friends.
Film programme Life’s a Bitch
Since her successful debut Communal Residence from 2002, Alina Rudnitskaya’s films have been shown regularly at numerous international festivals. At the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, she won the Jury Award in 2006 for her film Civil Status and two years later for Kak stat stervoy.
Films by Alina Rudnitskaya (Selection)
Krov 2013 | Ya zabudo etot den 2011 | Kak stat stervoy 2008 | Besame mucho 2006 | Civil Status 2005 | Rural Lessons 2004 | Amazons 2003 | Communal Residence 2002