Social horror "In search of Valentina Abramova"
Screenwriter and director - Valery Otstavnykh.
Camera and installation - Alexey Zotov.
Music: Jan Purtzen, Johann Bach, Alexander Alyabyev.
Accordion - Sergey Vorobyov.
Production of video studio "LIGHT". 2019 Tula.
Contact copyright owner Valery Otstavnykh - firstname.lastname@example.org
68-year-old music teacher Valentina Pavlovna Abramova rested under Yeltsin. And they buried her under Putin. The body of the woman could not be interred for 13 years - it was after such a period after the death that the mummy of the woman was found in her apartment.
We want to tell a story about loneliness and indifference, about how many mummies are in Russian apartments today, and why the dead have been waiting for burial for decades.
In 2008, I caught sight of a note in the local circulation: "The crypt in the Khrushchev". It was about the deceased, who lay in his own apartment for 13 years, until she was accidentally discovered by public utilities.
The collection of textures for the film took six years. I set myself three tasks: to recreate the life story of Valentina Pavlovna, to find the grave of a woman, and to understand why for 13 years no one from the city services, social workers, and district policemen asked the question: “Where did the man go?”.
Statistics mummified bodies no one leads. And besides, not all cases become public knowledge.
I wondered how many mummified people right now lie across Russia? It turns out that at best we are talking about dozens or even hundreds of mummies in the country. Although based on some data, we can assume a figure of a thousand, just not every case becomes a sensation.
In 2015, I ended up at an international event, where directors from different countries presented their projects to attract sponsors.
I talked to the Poles. I shared my idea with them. He said that I want to make a film about a purely Russian problem. They shook their heads: “Such a story could have happened in any city in the world. You are making a film about a global problem - about human indifference”.