Best Feature Narrative, 2011

Ryabinoviy Vals (The Rowan Waltz)

Ryabinoviy Vals (The Rowan Waltz) (Russian Federation, 98 min)

Directed by Alyona Semenova & Alexandra Smirnov

The flowers of rowan are delicate and fragile and bloom for less than ten days. The same appeared to the lives of the young girls who were sent to clear bombs left after the World War II on the fields of northern Russia. They were young, their lives were in bloom and their hearts were longing for love. Marusya was a promising artist. Polina, a young widow, was learning to live without her beloved. But destiny had its own plans for their lives. It prepared for each girl her own waltz on the battle field.

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