RUSSIAN LADY

LA DAMA RUSA

By Laura BONDAREVSKY

CORUYA CINE - as PROD

Second film - Development 2021

A woman. A man. A cat. Three shot´s gun.
A suicide.
A love and espionage story that spans a century

    • Year of production
    • 2021
    • Genres
    • Second film, True Story, Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA, URUGUAY
    • Languages
    • SPANISH, RUSSIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Laura BONDAREVSKY
    • Producer(s)
    • Javier DIAZ (CORUYA CINE), Soledad SAN JULIÁN (SENDEROS FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Laura (director´s film) is in a police station in Montevideo. In front of her, an officer types the chronicle that another police officer dictates to him on his typewriter. It is the chronicle of the murder of Mario Jaunarena and the subsequent suicide of its author, the elderly Yenia Dumnova, his wife. Laura couldn´t relate what she hears to those beings she knew and loved. "Kinship with the occisa?" Asks the officer coldly. "It was my grandmother," replies Laura. “No, it really wasn't my grandmother. But it was". Laura will later be reunited with the empty house of her "adoptive grandparents". The memories, the letters, the illustrations, the piano, everything he sees has a meaning associated with his childhood. Laura needs to explain what happened, and for this she begins a retrospective search that will lead her to meet those who knew Yenia and Mario, to review papers, photographs, home films, in search of a key. Little by little, she will discover a new dimension in the history of Yenia: Pushkin's admirer, pianist, painter, set designer, political activist, she is a complex woman, moved by deep passions and reasons. You will discover that this tragic outcome, after a lively romance of more than half a century, was the requirement of a story that began in 1944, in the last months of World War II, in the ex-Soviet Union. From the marriage of Mario and Yenia, the young woman's difficulties to leave Soviet soil and travel to Montevideo, her place in the world; that he moved, after a new exile during the siege of the Uruguayan dictatorship towards Allende's socialist Chile, later in the Pinochet dictatorship and then in another exile, towards European soil. While discovering Yenia's secret history, admired for her commitment to ideals and for her unwavering ethical integrity, Laura will review her own history, her relationship with exile and with the world, art, adulthood and death.