Sweden / Finland / Poland 2020, 86 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles

Sailing along the river Volga, the passengers of Russian ship “Maxim Gorky” could easily have been characters from a 19th-century Russian novel. Long-time couples trying to break the drudgery of their routines, young ladies hoping to find exciting new lives, women and men dreaming of falling in love, and even a fortune teller—all spend three weeks on the water, surrounded by faux opulence. Intimacy comes easily to them, often only to fade away with the same ease; personal conversations blossom between people who have just met, as the camera reaches the depths of its subjects. Jerzy Sladkowski (director of Don Juan) created a film filled with dramas both large and small, music, singing, dancing, a lot of alcohol, and human moments that wrench your heart and make it swell with compassion at the same time.


  • The film will be available until September 30th

How it works

Please note that tickets are limited

Meet the Filmmakers

  • Filmmaker Jerzy Sladkowski in conversation with Daphna Lewy

    Wed 09.09 at 17:00

Director: Jerzy Sladkowski
Production: Antonio Russo Merenda
Editing: Jakub Sladkowski
Cinematography: Wojciech Staron
Music: Timo Hietala

Source: Cat n Docs


Jerzy Sladkowski was born in Poland in 1945. He immigrated to Sweden in 1983. Since then he has worked as a freelance director and producer making over fifty documentaries. Recipient of several prestigious prizes including the European Film Award for "Vendetta", the IDA Award for "Swedish Tango", the Golden Dove for ”Vodka Factory” and the VPRO IDFA Award for ”Don Juan”.

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