Director: Andrey Stempkovsky (Russia)
Born in 1975 in Vilnius. Studied in Moscow. His first higher education was gained at the Finances Academy of the Government of the Russian Federation, which he graduated in 1999. Following graduation he worked as a journalist and photographer for a number of magagines (Kommersant, Afisha, Playboy, Jealouse, GQ, Persona, Domovoi, Yes, NRG and others). participant of major exhibition projects in Russia and Europe. In 2005, he entered the Higher Courses for Directors and Screenwriters (class of Pyotr Todorovsky). Reverse Motion is his debut feature.
At the center of this existential drama lie the figures of the Mother and the Son. One day, a mother is informed that her only son, who is serving in a military combat zone, has gone missing in action. A soldier who served alongside her son soon arrives to confirm that he has probably been killed. Nothing interrupts the everyday course of events. After a short while, the mother notices a homeless boy - an immigrant worker with an injured hand. She takes him in. But she doesn’t realize that in some way she has decided the fate of her son, who has in fact survived and is soon to return home.
The 21st Open Russian Film Festival “Kinotavr”
GORIN PRIZE FOR THE BEST SCRIPT
SPECIAL MENTION OF THE GUILD OF RUSSIAN FILM SCHOLARS AND CRITICS
Film received the "Silver Zenith" for Best Newcomer at the Montreal Film Festival.