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Marusya Syroechkovskaya

How to Save a Dead Friend

Edition 2022
103' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: Russian
Director: Marusya Syroechkovskaya Composer: Felix Mikensky With: Marusya Syroechkovskaya, Tatyana Moreva, Kimi Morev
A gut-punch of a documentary about the past years in Putin's Russia, a country that has seemingly given up on its youth. A heartbreaking debut.
Marusya is 16 and, like many Russian teenagers, is determined to end her life. Then she meets her soulmate in another millennial, Kimi. They spend a decade filming the euphoria and anxiety, the happiness and misery of their youth, muzzled by a violent and autocratic regime in the midst of a “depressed Russia”. This film is a cry from the heart, a tribute to an entire silenced generation.
“For anyone currently wondering about the condition of nonconformist youth in Russia this film makes a fascinating watch – although the picture it presents is more than a little desolate. This documentary memoir cum love letter is moving, harrowing and, despite everything, hopeful; above all, it is fearsomely candid.” - Screen Daily

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Marusya Syroechkovskaya


Felix Mikensky


Marusya Syroechkovskaya, Tatyana Moreva, Kimi Morev


Marusya Syroechkovskaya


Qutaiba Barhamji, Qutaiba Barhamji


Ksenia Gapchenko, Mario Adamson

Production studios

Sisyfos Film & Docs Vostok Production

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Countries of production

Norway, Germany, France, Sweden




Marusya Syroechkovskaia
Chistiy chelovek (short, 2012), Exploration of Confinement (Short, 2013), How to Save a Dead Friend (2022)

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