Strana Sascha

The Land of Sasha
“I think I felt I could be interesting to you even if I was normal. Or not?”

As soon as school is over, Sasha’s otherwise relaxed and complicit mother pressures him to enroll at the university. Sasha, however, lives in the moment. Plus he currently wants to hone his graffiti skills with his friend Max. And maybe get to know his father. But then, he meets the dazzling Zhenya. Carried by the light and the ease of the summer in Kaliningrad, they fathom their feelings, talents and fears together. In her sensitive debut, Julia Trofimova tells of young people in today’s Russia who cannot possibly please everyone. Parents’ need for security is countered by a variety of possible paths and identities.
by Julia Trofimova
with Mark Eidelshtein, Maryia Matsel, Evgeniia Gromova, Dmitry Endaltsev, Alisa Tarasenko, Darya Rumyantseva
Russian Federation 2022 Russian 83’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 14 years and up


  • Mark Eidelshtein (Sasha)
  • Maryia Matsel (Zhenya)
  • Evgeniia Gromova (Sophia)
  • Dmitry Endaltsev (Maks)
  • Alisa Tarasenko (Liza)
  • Darya Rumyantseva (Natella)


DirectorJulia Trofimova
ScreenplayMaria Shulgina, Elizaveta Tikhonova, Julia Trofimova, based on the novel „Strana Sascha“ by Gala Uzryutova
CinematographyEgor Povolotskiy
EditingMarsel Shamshulin
MusicSergei Stern
Sound DesignVladislav Vdovin
SoundViktor Timshin
Production DesignAleksandra Antonova
CostumesSvetlana Shadrina
Make-UpNelli Belkovskaya
CastingVladimir Golov, Olga Aulina
Assistant DirectorElia Krupina
Production ManagerIvan Borisov
Executive ProducerIvan Borisov
Line ProducerTatiana Moiseeva
ProducersKaterina Mikhaylova, Konstantin Fam

Julia Trofimova

The director was born in Kaluga, Russia and currently lives in Moscow. She studied screenwriting and film at the New York Film Academy, followed by film directing at the Moscow School of New Cinema. Her short films have screened successfully at over 70 international festivals.


2018 The Narrator; short film 2019 Tramvai (The Tram); short film 2020 Pyat minut na lyubov (Five Minutes for Love); short film 2021 Instalife; web series 2022 Strana Sascha (The Land of Sasha)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022