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Ilia Povolotskiy / Feature Documentary / Russian Federation, Qatar / 2019 / 90 min / Original Language: Russian / Interests: Social Issues, Creative Documentary


‘Froth’ depicts the customs and everyday life on the coast of the Barents Sea. At the heart of the narrative are the stories of three ordinary people. Bardak is a salty old sea dog, who after taking his pension opts to see out his years with hard work in an abandoned village on the very edge of the world. Sasha and his team of self-taught divers have taken the initiative to raise World War II shipwrecks, which the experts consider to be outside the realms of possibility. Young poacher Dima, whose sense of adventure and recklessness have earned him the nickname “Catastrophe”, manages to evade capture and read his daughter a fairy-tale all in one evening. The characters are united by an incredible blend of humility, inherent rebelliousness, a very specific moral code, and attitude towards life. Nowhere except for these hills and severe sea can they find peace, while they hustle through the days and the waves making froth.


Ilya Povolotskiy
Ilia Povolotskiy
Anna Shalashina
Production Company
Black Chamber

About the Director

Ilya Povolotskiy graduated from the law department of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2009, and founded Black Chamber film production. He started as a director of advertisements for leading international brands and his last commercial project 'Push the Limit' (2016) for Toyota Russia was awarded at the 27th Red Apple International Advertising Festival.

Awards and Festival History


Thessaloniki Documentary FF 2020


Jury Special Mention, IDFA 2019 (WP)


  • Director

    Ilia Povolotskiy

    Black Chamber
  • Main Contact

    Anna Shalashina

    WISH Media

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