Maria Ignatenko
Gorod Usnul,  71’, 2020

It begins with a serious allegation: Victor is accused of having beaten a mechanic to death on a boat where he worked as a sailor. From then on, the film follows the course of events that might have led to this happening over three chapters. After his girlfriend dies in an accident, Victor leaves the ship and returns to shore. Gradually his perception begins to shift and what was already a cold, forbidding world through and through appears to become an all-encompassing realm of the dead where everyone and everything lies sleeping.

Maria Ignatenko was born in Moscow in 1986. She graduated with a degree in Journalism. Ignatenko then studied Film Directing at the Moscow School of New Cinema, where she has been teaching Film Directing since 2018. In Deep Sleep is her first feature film.