The Golden Buttons


Russian President Vladimir Putin created the national guard, whose legal task is to ensure public order, the fight against terrorism and extremism. In fact, this organization is personally subordinate to Putin and is engaged in the suppression of those who disagree with his regime. This is the school where these officers begin their careers as young cadets.

Festival selection highlights:
2020 Visions du Réel (IDFA Talent Award)
2020 Ethnocineca
2020 Krakow Film Festival (Silver Dragon Award, Best European Film)
2020 Nordic Youth Film Festival (Best International Film)
2020 FeKK - Ljubljana Short Film Festival
2020 FEST — New Directors | New Cinema
2020 Leiden International Short Film Experience (Special Jury Mention)
2020 Olhar de Cinema
2020 Pacific Meridian Film Festival
2020 Uppsala Short Film Festival
2020 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Award for the best Film in the Programme Sparks)
2020 PÖFF Shorts Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
2020 Bosphorus Film Festival (Best International Short Documentary Film)
2021 Vilnius International Short Film Festival (Jury special mention)
2021 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
2021 Watersprite Film Festival
2021 Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS (Best Short Documentary)
2021 True/False Film Festival

2021 Regard

Alexey Evstigneev

Was born and raised in Shatura, Russia. Graduated from the VGIK in 2020. He is now completing a master's program at the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic).

Mom's Hair (2021)
The Golden Buttons (2020)
The Track (2018)