Documentary Competition

Paradise (Paradis)

Alexander Abaturov
Human Rights & Society Documentaries 89 min France, Switzerland
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Into the fire

The villagers of Shologon lies in the taiga of Siberia, and also in the midst of a “control zone” imposed by Moscow that means the authorities are not required to combat the forest fires that often engulf large swathes of forest in the region. The villagers are left to fend for themselves, driving to the edge of the raging fires to tackle the flames as clouds of orange smoke envelop the forests.


  • Alexander Abaturov


  • Paul Guilhaume


  • Myriam René
  • Sorin Apostol
  • Frédéric Buy


  • Benoit de Villeneuve
  • Benjamin Morando
  • Delphine Malausséna
  • Les Percussions de Strasbourg


  • Petit à petit Production


Friday 03 March 2023 14:00
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Sakha
Subtitles : French
Screening : Public Screening
Sunday 05 March 2023 18:30
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Sakha
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening

Alexander Abaturov

Alexander Abaturov
Alexander Abaturov

Born in Novosibirsk in 1984, Alexander Abaturov graduated from Gorky University in Ekaterinburg. After working as a journalist for the Federal press agency, he moved to France to obtain an MA in creative documentary filmmaking from the Lussac documentary school. His first documentary Sleeping Souls (2013) was screened at several international film festivals. Syn (The Son), his first feature documentary in 2018, was selected at the Berlinale Forum and Cinéma du Réel.


  • Paradis (documentary) 2022
  • Le fils / Syn (documentary) 2018
  • La Russie dans l’objectif (TV series) 2016
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