The historical drama directed by Konstantin Fam is dedicated to the memory of World War II and the Holocaust. It consists of three novels that are united by one artistic purpose.
The film tells about the history of the Holocaust through the stories of its unwitting Witnesses... Through the history of a pair of women's shoes, which begins in the shop's show-window and ends in the show-window of Auschwitz. Through the history of the German Shepherd puppy, which turns into a killer. Through the history of the violin, which goes through all the horrors of the war.
Cast: Oksana Fandera, Filipp Yankovsky, Mikhail Gorevoy, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Vladimir Koshevoy, Vyacheslav Chepurchenko, Maria King, Marusya Zykova, Uliana Elina, Anna Churina, Alexey Petrukhin, Anzhelika Kashirina, Alim Kandur, Vyacheslav Ganenko, Marta Drozdova
The project aspires to tell about the events of mid-twentieth century and remind younger generation about the Catastrophe that took place, hoping that the memory will prevent it from happening again. The project started as an idea that its authors got while visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp and seeing the display of thousands of shoes which once belonged to its prisoners.«SHOES»
The first novel of the film «Witnesses» follows a story of a pair of women’s shoes, from a department store window to the display window at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The film has won multiple awards at Russian and international film festivals. It was nominated for the Academy Awards in 2013.«BRUTUS»
The second picture of the film tells about the Catastrophe through the eyes of a German shepherd named Brutus. The Nuremberg Laws separated the dog from his beloved mistress, and special training turned the harmless pet into a concentration camp killer dog. The film is based on the short story of the same name by Czech writer Ludvik Ashkenazy. The cast of the film includes Russian top actors such as Oksana Fandera, Filipp Yankovsky, Vladimir Koshevoy and Marta Drozdova. The premiere of «Brutus» took place at the 2016 Moscow International Film Festival as part of its competition program. «Brutus» has won awards from international film festivals and was longlisted for Oscars in 2016. The film was also nominated for the Golden Eagle Award.«VIOLIN»
The final part of the film «Witnesses» opens at the beginning of the 20 century in a violin shop, where an instrument was created as a present for a Jewish boy. Later that violin became a witness to the tragic events that took place during the Holocaust. And when the instrument turned a hundred years its journey ended a concert at the Wailing Wall. The filming of the picture took place in Moscow, New-York, Prague and Brest. It starred Mikhail Gorevoy, Vladimir Koshevoy, Vyacheslav Chepurchenko and Alim Kandur. «Violin» premiered as part of the competition program of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival. It is also longlisted for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
The distribution of full-length film «Witnesses» will take place in Spring 2018