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Season of Mists

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Marina is a forty-something Russian woman living in a small village in South Leicestershire, England. Seven years ago she married Gregory, a village garage owner, collector of Morris Minor cars and Ipswich Town supporter. They met when Gregory went to seem them play against Torpedo Moscow. Marina moved to England with her five year old daughter in the hope of happiness and a secure future for her child.

A journalist and a writer in her previous life, she now works as a local hairdresser and in her spare time writes for the parish magazine. Gregory loves her, and her daughter seems to flourish in a private school, but Marina isn't satisfied with her life, but can't really explain why.

The feeling increases when she meets Valentina, an old friend from Moscow. She is a successful writer and Marina asks herself whether maybe she could also write books in Russian, her native language which nobody seems to need in England.

A chance encounter with a touring string quartet from Moscow throws her out of her daily routine, and unexpected love opens up all the questions which Marina has been hiding deep inside.

It's a story about love and about people who are moving from place to place in search of home, but can't find it anywhere. It's also a story about middle age - the age when one has already (or not) achieved something in life, but when there is still time to start everything anew. And it's a story about a Standing Stone on the outskirts of a small English village where, some of the villagers believe, aliens might land one day.
For this film, Marina Blake won Best Actress at Kinoshock 2008. In addition, the film won awards for Outstanding Achievement, with particular reference to direction, screenplay and cinematography, and for Best Actress, at the Faithful Heart Film Festival, Moscow, in October 2008.


Type of film
Running Time
100 minutes
Anna Tchernakova
Mikhail Gagarin, Elena Badamiants, Olga Kennedy, Anna Tchernakova, Petr Chernyaev
Mikhail Gagarin, Elena Badamiants, Olga Kennedy, Anna Tchernakova, Petr Chernyaev
Marat Magambetov
Anna Tchernakova, Evgenia Tirdatova
Director of Photography
Dmitry Ermakov
Production Designer
Damien Creagh, Vladislav Jorov
Ray Hill, Sergey Ovcharenko
Gavin Bryars
Principal Cast
Marina Blake, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Sergey Chonishvili, Dudley Sutton, Larissa Panchenko, Alexandra Maria Tchernakova, Yuri Nifontov, Heather Chasen, Eve Pearce, Janet Henfrey, Alexander Miakushko, Alexander Rezalin, Barry Shannon, Chris Jury, Lawrence Owen, Nina Veselovskaya, Daya Smirnova, Rayyan Anwar
Editorial Consultant
Vladimir Fenchenko
Nikolay Podzemelny
Focus puller, Camera Assistant
Igor Morin
Production Managers
Jessica Dunlop, Stephen Evans,
Costume Designer
Elena Brunkovskaya
Make-up artist
Monika Tovari
1st ADs
Tiziano Niero, Alexandra Kamyshova
3rd AD/Translators
Olga Borissova, Milly Cundall
Script Supervisor
Elena Sanz
Malcolm Huse, Emma Wild
Grip trainee
Ben Cozens
Johann Cruickshank
Paulo Fernandes, Duncan Riedl
Clapper Loader
Alexandra Davis
Art Dept
Sarah Littlemore, Elliot Day
Boom Ops
Grant Bridgeman, Sam Pullen, Valerio Cerine

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