Silent souls - poetic observation of life by the main character, Aist Vsevolodovich. The director Alexey Fedorchenko known for "The First on the Moon", where he has perfectly proved in a mocumentary genre. In this movie partly the pseudo-documentary stylistics are also used, but it is only done more subtle and artistic. There is a contrast combination of disappeared history and traditions with extremely real environment in which these traditions continue to live. The visual decision was in harmony of simple. The filter of poverty and time clears the world from accidental and temporary.
The settlement of Koslan near Syktyvkar has been chosen as a central place, the hero's homeland. Almost cut off from a civilization, it developed in his own way. It was based as logging factory and it is almost completely constructed of wood buildings. This wood was never painted, washed up by rains, it becomes silver.
The hero of the story - the photographer at paper plant.
The settlement of Koslan is formed around the river and stands on the hilly coast. Constructed in 1940th it all consists of apartment houses and is almost deprived of private ones. This strict geometry of parallelepipeds, casting metal, rhythmically organizes landscape.
The cities across Volga river from Kineshma and Yuryevets to Gorbatov on Oka became the second part of the locations. There is nothing more Russian, than these places. Water has in the movie special mystical sense, and all our places have been located on the rivers. The proximity of big water, gives a shade of slow withering to these places. Piece and sadness poured there was for us the main value.
Director Alexey Fedorchenko
DOP Mikhail Krichman
Production Designer Andrey Ponkratov
Set Decorator Alexey Potapov