Director: Alexey Fedorchenko (Russia)
Alexey Fedorchenko In 2000, he graduated from the scriptwriting faculty of the VGIK. Since 2005 he has worked with the film company «February, 29th» as a director and producer. He Alexey has won numerous awards including the Ecumenical Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice IFF in 2010.
When Miron's beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merya culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero. Although the Merya people blended into Russians in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in their descendants' modern life. The two men set out on a roadtrip thousands of miles across the boundless lands. With them, two small birds in a cage. Along the way, as is custom for the Meryas, Miron shares intimate memories of his conjugal life. But as they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, he realizes he wasn't the only one in love with Tanya...