Original Name: Interesnaya Zhizn
English Name: Exciting Life
Run Time: 87'
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Russian Federation
Director: Anna Yanovskaya
Producer: Natalya Lissovskaya, Vladimir Golikov
Cast: Alexei Yudnikov, Prokopy Nogovitsyn, Andrei Borisov, Sergey Potapov
Screenplay: Anna Yanovskaya, Andrei Shemyakin
Cinematographer: Semen Amanatov
Production Company: Andrei Shemyakin Studio, Sakhafilm
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Anna Yanovskaya was born in Ukraine 1971. She is started her career as an actress, and while continuing to do so, she is also a prominent writer-director. She wrote and directed short, and feature films, documentaries, which have participated at many international film festivals. She Graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre. As an actress, she has participated in many international theatre and film projects. Her short films, documentaries as director have also travelled multiple festivals. Exciting Life is her second feature film.
The story is based on real events, a travel of a failed Moscow actor to the shooting that takes place in the Autonomous Republic of Sakha-Yakutia. Looking through his eyes, we find ourselves in an absolutely mysterious world of the Olonho culture, the Republic of Sakha and the present-day Yakutian cinema with all its ethnic peculiarities. We will find many adventures, discoveries, love, findings and losses.
It is here, in Yakutia, that we manage to create an islet of creation that would help interaction and merger of various cultures and bring attention to the peculiarities of development of the local, ethnic-based cinema. Lots of films are being made here. But we do not know almost anything about the Yakutian cinema. Its phenomenon is its incredible popularity among the local population. Neither American blockbusters nor Russian comedies are as popular here as the local Yakutian films. Local films, it should be remarked, are made very quickly and have very low budget.