Puberty

28'
Russia 2019
16+
student, documentary, dramedy
Director Elena Kondrateva
Scriptwriter Elena Kondrateva
DOP Elena Kondrateva
Producer Elena Kondrateva
Festivals
2019 Window to Europe Vyborg Film Festival
2019 Flahertiana Film Festival (Best Student FIlm)
2019 Dok Leipzig (Golden Dove)
2019 International Festival-Workshop of Film Schools «Kinoproba»
2019 Artdocfest
2019 Laurel Branch Award
2019 Next Wave Awards
2019 Human Rights Film Festival Stalker (Приз гильдии киноведов и кинокритиков)
2020 Créteil International Women's Film Festival (postponed)
2020 ZagrebDox (postponed)
2020 Chelkinofest
2020 Ismailia International Film Festival (postponed)
2020 Fidé - International Festival of Emergent Documentary (postponed)
2020 Hot Docs (postponed)
2020 Budem Fest
2020 Leiden International Short Film Experience
2020 Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival (Audience Award)
2020 Fidé - International Festival of Emergent Documentary
2020 Sehsüchte ( Special Mention)
2020 St. Anna Film Festival (Best documentary)
2020 DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival
2020 Poitiers Film Festival (Grand Prize)
2020 Saratov Sufferings Documentary Film Festival (Jury's Special Mention)
In this large family, everybody, both teenagers and adults, yearn for sex. Inna is in her 50s, recently divorced, she is a famous midwife and a specialist in natural childbirth. Despite all her achievements, Inna feels unhappy. To help her mother cope with loneliness, all 4 of her children try to help her find a boyfriend. Thanks to their efforts, Inna finds a man who calls her on a journey. However, not all goes well: idiotic office workers lose her visa documents and daughters begin to criticise her life choices. It turns out even in the most intelligent and family-oriented women can feel lonely and controlled.

Elena Kondrateva

Was born in 1988 in Mongolia in Ulan Bator in a family of military. She graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2011. After university, she was working in advertising for 7 years. In 2017 she entered the Moscow Film School, the course of Alexei Popogrebsky, Boris Khlebnikov and Denis Klebleev. “Puberty” is the student work of the director.