What if..
А если бы..

2015 | Drama, Road Movie, Coming of Age | 18.5 min | BA Film

Directed by Olga Dinnikova

Collection: Degree Films 2015

1991, Riga Latvia, time of the perestroika. The nine-year-old Lena is a child of divorced parents. Her parents separated when she was still very small. Since then they didn’t exchange a single word, their last connection is Lena. Her father is a drinker and her mother tries to renew her love life. When Lena is fed up with her drunk father she escapes from home and strolls through the nocturnal Riga. That’s when Lena’s journey back home begins.

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Runtime18.5 min
Year of Production2015
Country of ProductionSwitzerland, Latvia
Distribution FormatDCP, ProRes, Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio2.39:1
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting FormatRAW, 5K
Spoken LanguageRussian
Available SubtitlesGerman, English, French
Director Olga Dinnikova
Cinematography Tom Keller
Production Design Pia Meier
Music Sandra Stadler, Bänz Isler
Bänz Isler
Screenplay Olga Dinnikova
Editor Olga Dinnikova
Markus Fischer
Creative Producer Markus Fischer
Leading ActorsSofija Stavinskaya
Dana Cernecova
Andrej Lavrinec
Supporting ActorsGirts Kesteris
Anatolij Fechin
Sara Stavinskaya
Andrej Jakunin
Lyudmila Golubeva
Pasha Kashkin
Dmitrij Jerjomin
Vitaly Yasinsky
Raimond Blagov
Adam Kaupuzh
Timofej Oniscuk
Thomas Kaufmann
Costume Design Alina Fedotova
Makeup Artist Alina Fedotova
Location Sound Engineer Andrey Trainovsky
Sound Design Andrey Trainovsky
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Compositing Tom Keller
Project Supervision Stefan Jäger
Production Company snakefilm GmbH
Co-Production Company ZHdK
Financial Support Bundesamt für Kultur, Sektion Film
Katholische Kirche im Kanton Zürich
Katholische Kirche im Kanton Zürich
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Head of Programme BA Film Prof. Bernhard Lehner


23. April 2016
Studio Hamburg Talent Award

Olga Dinnikova's BA degree film "Luftschloss" has been nominated for the 2016 Studio Hamburg Talent Award in the Category "Best Short Film".

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