Everybody Dies But Me

Genre: Drama
Duration: 80 mins
Format: 35mm
Director: Valeria Gai Germanica
Cast: Polina Filonenko, Agniya Kuznetsova, Olga Shuvalova, Donatas Grudovich, Yulia Alexandrova
Awards: Golden Camera (Cannes Film Festival 2008) Prix Regards Jeune (Cannes Film Festival 2008)

Life is never easy, especially when you are fourteen. Some teenagers have to deal with internal turmoil and anxieties but others have to face the unbearable cruelty of their surroundings. On Monday Katya, Vika and Zhanna, three ordinary schoolgirls from suburban Moscow, discover that there will be a school dance on Saturday night. The girls start feverishly preparing for the most important event in their lives. But Katya offends a teacher. The disco may be cancelled. All week the girls rebel. They try to find common ground with their parents, their teachers, their classmates and finally between themselves. On the night of the disco, a night that they have so longed for, things spiral out of control. It results in enormous upheaval in their friendship and their sense of who they are. Now they are no longer children…Director, Gai Germanica is one of the most controversial and authentic voices of Russia's youth. She has documented the pains of adolescence through a series of groundbreaking documentaries. This powerful, highly realistic insight into Russian teenage girls is her stunning feature film début.