THE PENCIL

By Natalya NAZAROVA

VICTORIA FILMS - as PROD

Drama - Post-Production 2017

Russia, 2017. Antonina, an artist from Saint-Petersburg, follows her husband, a political prisoner, to the north of Russia. She starts teaching art in a local school, and is determined to lift the spirit of the children in her class. But she finds herself opposed by a twelve-year old bully.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA
    • Languages
    • RUSSIAN
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Natalya NAZAROVA
    • Producer(s)
    • Anna VON DZIEMBOWSKA (VICTORIA FILMS), Maxim DASHKIN (VICTORIA FILMS), Denis KOVALEVSKIY (Salt Studio)
    • Synopsis
    • 2017. Russian society is in crisis. Government demonstrates complete lack of every day challenges peoplearefacing, step by step reconstructing the ideas and suffocating atmosphere of the Soviet state. Political activists are being sent to jail with fabricated evidences.

      Antonia, an artist from Saint Petersburg, has spent her life in the shadows of her brilliant husband Sergei, a star of the city art underground and a leader of the opposition. Their marriage was all but dead, as Antonina couldn’t compete with his many luminous lovers. But when Sergey is put to jail for his political activities, Antonina realizes: this is her chance, now she can prove to her husband that she is worth something. She quits her job, leaves her comfortable life and follows him to a far-away settlement in Taiga.

      Antonina's husband is not particularly happy with her good deed. He asks her to go back, her sacrifice is not appreciated, he never loved her. But Antonina won’t quit. She finds a job as an art teacher at a local school. Almost the entire population works either in the prison, or at the pencil factory. Antonina decides to teach her students how to change your life with this simple and primitive tool, the pencil.

      Antonina is determined to lift the spirit of the downtrodden children in her class. However, she quickly discovers that the power in the school belongs to a twelve-year-old boy Misha, whose brother is a feared local gang leader. Antonina starts to fight for the souls and lives of her pupils against the boy who bullies, intimidates and tortures his classmates and the teachers