Anastasia RAZLOGOVA (Kamer-Ton-Film-Russia), Marina KUCHKOVA (Cinema-Profi), Kirill ILINE (Cinema-Profi), Andjei PETRAS (Kamer-Ton-Film-Russia)
A TOUCH OF WIND is a new Russian experimental film, which combines fiction and documentary scenes in one continuous narration. The shooting of the film took place in Buryatia. This region is situated in the South-Eastern part of Russia and it is considered the center of Buddhism in Russia. In the fictional story, a Moscow actress comes to faraway Buryatia to find the man she once loved. She is terminally ill and Buryatia gives her a second chance. She does not believe in miracles, but a miracle happens. The real actress Julia Aug (prize-winning Russian actress Silent Souls, 2010 Venice FF; Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari, 2013 Venice FF, Rome FF; Intimate Parts, 2013), like her character, is also in Buryatia for the first time. The documentary, filmed during the shooting of the feature film, shows the real Julia’s feelings and experiences while she discovers the real Buryatia. She also has serious problems in her life, but she has her own personality and her own experience. At the end of her journey real Julia, as well as her character, also finds herself in the datsan, she goes to a real Lama to find out her destiny and receives unexpected answers… Julias costar is a famous Buryat opera singer Eduard Zhagbaev. He becomes a “guide” in Buryatia for her and for the film crew, revealing to them and to the viewers the unique atmosphere, nature, and culture of Buryatia. Buddhist rituals, national celebrations, martial arts, dialogues with local people – were shot in real time and were not staged.