They party the nights away, craving excess and letting themselves go. When Marina once again goes too far, she knows her brother Sasha will save her. He spends his days training with the Olympic squad and is trying to steal his teammate’s girlfriend. The film captures the lives of young adults in Russia caught between drill and ecstasy, police checks and the desire to be there for each other.
by Anastasia Veber
with Ignat Dvoinikov, Elizaveta Broshkova, Anastasia Arzhevikina, Eugene Zherdy
Russian Federation / Lithuania 2021 Russian 20’ Colour


  • Ignat Dvoinikov (Sasha)
  • Elizaveta Broshkova (Marina)
  • Anastasia Arzhevikina (Liza)
  • Eugene Zherdy (Dima)


Written and Directed by Anastasia Veber
Cinematography Anton Gromov, Egor Sevastyanov
Editing Konstantin Koryagin, Dmitry Novikov, Anastasia Veber
Sound Design Veniamin Volfson
Music Bhima Unusov
Art Director Zlata Kalmina
Producers Anastasia Veber, Anastasia Braiko
Co-Production Diana Gulina Klaipeda

Anastasia Veber

The director, screenwriter and poet was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1995. She studied directing at the city’s School of New Cinema and screenwriting at its State University of Film and Television. Her short film Syndrome IO won two awards at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and went on to screen at numerous international festivals. She currently works as an assistant director and screenwriter in Moscow.

Filmography (short films)

2018 The Glass 2019 Syndrome IO 2021 Sedated · Trap

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022