Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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Wenn es blendet, öffne die Augen
Documentary Film, AT 2014, Farbe, 75 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2014

Director, Script: Ivette Löcker
Cast: Alexey Pirumov, Schanna Karaseva, Maria Tschirkova
Camera: Frank Amann
Editor: Michael Palm
Location Sound: Alexey Antonov
Music: PTVP (Last Tanks in Paris)
Sounddesign: Gailute Miksyte
Additional Credits: Produktionsleiter Sankt Petersburg: Vladimir Haunin
Producers: Ralph Wieser
Production: Mischief Films


Zhanna and Lyosha are survivors. The couple, now in their mid-thirties, became heroin addicts in the turbulent years of upheaval in Russia. They know their days are numbered, and pit their frail zest for life and gallows humor against this fact. The film draws on these moments and offers an intimate portrayal of a fragile and highly ambivalent love affair. (Production note)