Archive Cinema City 2014.

Way in Rye

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Duration: 28:10 min

Director: Goran Stanković
Scenario: Liska Ostojić, Justin Partridge

Cast: Ravil Isyanov, Irina Dubova, Sasha Feldman

Programme selection: California Dreaming


Along a rutted, dusty road, an army truck carries a plain wooden crate through a remote region of Soviet Russia.

Stopping at a small farmhouse, two soldiers deliver the crate to a hardened farmer, KOSTYA, and his wife, LIDA. The sight of it fills the couple with dread, having not heard in months from their only son, a soldier fighting on the Eastern Front.

But inside the crate are paintings -- priceless works of Russian art evacuated from Leningrad days before the German invasion -- which Kostya and Lida must now protect at all costs.

Determined to keep his dying farm alive for his son's return, Kostya sees the paintings as a nuisance and a painful reminder. Yet, as his fields dry up, a harsh winter shrouds the region, and it becomes ever more likely that his son will not return, Kostya must find meaning in his new, strange stewardship, as these works of art become the only legacy he can leave behind.

Original language: Russian
Subtitle: English, Serbian
Production co: Pin-Chun Liu

Filmography: 2013 Way in Rye (Short), 2012 Il Mantello (Short), 2011/II Here I Am (Short), 2010 Polazak (Short), 2006 Ko cuva cuvare (Short)

Way in Rye - Official Trailer from Way in Rye Film on Vimeo.