DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Wolf and the Seven Kids

The Wolf and the Seven Kids

It’s as if a curtain was pushed aside. But there is no long shot of the stage or any interaction discernible from the distance. In Elena Gutkina’s and Genrikh Ignatov’s film we’re very close to everything. Very. As if a camera had focused on the interior of a doll’s house, standing fixedly still on thresholds and waiting, or lurking in front of a bed. The frame is just big enough to show the lower body and thighs. This is what we get for a while: a young man pulling up his underpants and pulling them down again, making sounds, perhaps singing.

Gutkina and Ignatov take their time. And so do the two men in whose world they are staying, albeit not moving. A father and his adult son, living in a shabby house on the edge of a forest. It’s hard to know what’s going on here. But something is going on, all the time, this much we know: fingers move, hands grasp. The unusual framing makes the content look abstract, even though everyday life is observed here. Gutkina and Ignatov offer no answers to the question of what to make of it.

Carolin Weidner

Nominated for MDR Film Prize
Original Title: Wolk i semero kozlyat
Country: Russia
Year: 2017
Language: Russian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 52 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Elena Gutkina, Genrikh Ignatov
Producer: Elena Gutkina, Genrikh Ignatov
Cinematographer: Elena Gutkina, Genrikh Ignatov
Editor: Elena Gutkina, Genrikh Ignatov
Sound: Anna Voskoboynikova
Script: Elena Gutkina, Genrikh Ignatov

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.