Programme

THE FIRST THUNDER (PERVIY GROM)

Anastasia Melikhova

Russia, 2017 / 5 min / without words / Animation

Part of the short film collection Sheep, wolf and cup of tea.

A shepherdess witnesses the awakening of Mother Nature after her hibernation.

One winter night, a woman wrapped up tightly in her coat looks at herself in her favourite mirror. But mischievous little imps made of drops of water steal the mirror and take it to a giantess. The woman pursues them onto a frozen lake. The ice breaks under the weight of the giantess and the woman almost drowns. Thunder crashes. Eventually, she is saved by the relieving warmth of spring.

“A beautifully illustrated musical fantasy that depicts the awakening of Mother Nature after her winter hibernation. Mischievous little water drops dance around the screen as plants once again burst into life to fill the world with vitality and adventure. Reminiscent of the Disney classic Fantasia (1940), the film is a playful tapestry of music and hand-drawn animation that shows the excitement of spring from a child's perspective.” Doha Film Institute

 

The school screenings on 04/03 at 9:30, on 08/03 at 10:00, on 10/03 at 11:00 and on 11/03 at 10:00 unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Screenings
Sat 13/03 14:00 Ciné Utopia Without words Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003363
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Cast & Credits
Screenplay 
Ekaterina Kozhushanyaya
Sound 
Nadezhda Shestakova
Set 
Vera Pozdeeva, Valentina Arkhipova, Nikita Melikhov, Veronika Bessonova, Alena Tomilova
Music 
Arkadiy Klein
Production 
Studio Ural-Cinema
Distribution 
Les Films du Préau
Animation 
Anastasia Melikhova, Vera Pozdeeva, Anna Budanova
Biography

Née à Pyt-Yakh en Russie, Anastasia Melikhova est diplômée depuis 2016 en Architecture et en l’Art, section Graphisme et Animation de l’Université d’État de l’Oural. En 2017, elle réalise Premier Tonnerre, son premier court-métrage d’animation présenté dans de nombreux festivals. Se succèdent ensuite Eternité (2018) et Beginning of the Light (2020).

Filmography
  • 2020 – Beginning of the Light (short)
  • 2018 – Eternity (short)
  • 2017 – The First Thunder (short)