The Golden Buttons

Russia 2020
student, documentary
Director Alex Evstigneev
Scriptwriter Alex Evstigneev
DOP Alex Evstigneev, Liza Popova
Producer Alex Evstigneev
2020 Visions du Réel (IDFA Talent Award)
2020 Ethnocineca
2020 Krakow Film Festival (Silver Dragon Award, Best European Film)
2020 Nordic Youth Film Festival (Best International Film)
2020 Gorky fest
2020 FeKK - Ljubljana Short Film Festival
2020 FEST — New Directors | New Cinema
2020 Leiden International Short Film Experience (Special Jury Mention)
2020 Olhar de Cinema
2020 Pacific Meridian Film Festival
2020 Kinoshok
2020 Uppsala Short Film Festival
2020 DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival
2020 Norwich Film Festival
2020 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Award for the best Film in the Programme Sparks)
2020 Message to Man
2020 Seville European Film Festival
2020 European Film Forum Scanorama “New Baltic Cinema”
2020 Lublin Film Festival
2020 Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
2020 Bosphorus Film Festival (Best International Short Documentary Film)
2020 POFF Shorts Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
2020 Flahertiana
2020 Winter Apricots
2021 Vilnius International Short Film Festival (Jury special mention)
2021 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
2021 Watersprite Film Festival
2021 Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS (Best Short Documentary)
2021 True/False Film Festival
2021 Freiburger Filmforum
2021 Regard
2021 Venice Intercultural Film Festival (Best Documentary)
2021 Sole Luna (Best short documentary)
2021 War on Screen
2021 Moscow premiere
In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin created the national guard, whose legal task is to ensure public order, the fight against terrorism and extremism. In fact, this organization is personally subordinate to Putin and is engaged in the suppression of those who disagree with his regime. We ended up in a closed school as photographers and tried to capture not only the faces of the guys, but also what was happening in the background.The film was created from fragments of phrases, observations and faces.

Alex Evstigneev

Was born and raised in Shatura, Russia. Currently studying Documentary Filmmaking at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography n.a. S.Gerasimov (Workshop of V.Lisakovich and A.Geleyn).