By Yan Yan MAK, Elisa FUKSAS, Darya ZHUK


Documentary - Development 2012

Grand Tran Siberian is a one way ride from Moscow to Beijing. A journey in a virtual society, the train, constantly changes like lands that it crosses. A travel through memories and dreams, through reality and imagination, accompanied by either euphoria or deep sadness distinctive of any traveller.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 81 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yan Yan MAK, Elisa FUKSAS, Darya ZHUK
    • Writer(s)
    • Darya ZHUK, Elisa FUKSAS, Yan Yan MAK
    • Producer(s)
    • Jacqueline LIU (HAF), Massimiliano NAVARRA (Ang Creazioni)
    • Synopsis
    • A one way trip from Moscow to Beijing, three young directors’ journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway, so different one from another as the countries they’re from: China, Russia, Italy.
      A documentary in three chapters that tells the journey of a virtual society, the train.
      Three different ways of looking at reality and representing it.
      A collective oral story inspired by the language of Cinema Veritè. A recollection of memories to shed light on the fragments of a mosaic shattered in pieces by the fall of the socialist dream.
      Darya Zhuk will live the train as a time machine on which past and future coexist. A travel in space and time, a journey through history (Bolshevik Revolution, end of communism) and events of the present (evolution of a society transformed by consumerism).
      A journey that faces the cultural identity and the cross-cultural communication matter in a globalized world, in which these notions are so hard to define.
      The train as a metaphor for life: "Life is a long trip; a trip, a short life". Yan Yan Mak will follow the travel of EG, a famous chinese hip hop dancer who will dance aboard an ancient Cossack Dance.
      EG's passion for this traditional dance represents for the chinese director the perfect synthesis between the preservation of his own cultural identity and the attraction towards new frontiers of the future.
      A research, an experiment in which the camera becomes a dream recorder, that records the dreams of the passengers sleeping in front of us.
      What did you dream last night? That is the question Elisa Fuksas will ask the passengers.
      On a first level the memories that come to the surface after the sleep are frozen and the movie originates from a private protected world, the unconscious. As an outcome the film will tell a collection of true stories indistinguishable from fictional facts and tales. This episode moves between dream and reality, switching from the interviews to the dream representation and finding its own dimension in this middle space.
    • Partners & financing
    • Total Budget: Euro 250.000
      ITALY: 35% of the budget: Euro 87.500
      CHINA 30% of the budget: Euro 75.000
      EUROPE: 20% of the budget: Euro 50.000
      RUSSIA: 15% of the budget: Euro 37.500
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2012