The legendary Oleg Nikolaevitch Karavaychuk is the mysterious and moving subject of this loving film by director Duque. He was moved by the music the pianist composed for a film by Kira Muratova and is the first foreigner to win the trust of the eccentric and still active 89-year-old Russian.

Several biographical facts: Oleg Nikolayevich Karavaychuk (1927) played the piano for Stalin as a child prodigy, attended the Leningrad Conservatory and in the course of his career primarily wrote music for theatre and film - for instance, for Paradjanov and Muratova. In Russia, he is admired for his music and his playing, but also for his unique and eccentric personality. At the age of 89, Karavaychuk is still a controversial and puzzling figure in Russian culture. Who is this man, who looks as if he stepped out of a story by Gogol?

The beautiful film that Andrés Duque made about him is a gift to the viewer, a gift from an old artist who wants to be reconciled with the world and who transports us away from reality with words, gestures and piano playing, free of social conventions, to a world where clashing dissonants have a liberating beauty.


Participant:  Oleg Nikolaevich Karavaychuk.

Executive Production: Marta Andreu, Tània Balló, Lluis Miñarro, Serrana Torres

Director Assistant: Karina Karaeva.

Director of Photography: Carmen Torres.

Line Producer- Interpreter: Alexey Smychenko.

Editing: Felix Duque

Sound Engineer: Boris Alekseev

Etalonage: Federico Delpero

Sublimage Award and Video de Poche Award at FIDLab, FID Marseille (France, 2014).

Rotterdam International Film Festival. Sección Oficial: "Voices" (Nederland, 2016).

"Punto de Vista Best Film" Award. Festival Internacional de Cine Punto de Vista de Navarra (España, 2016).

"Special Mention of the Jury of the International Competition" and "Best Original Soundtrack" Award at Cinéma du Reel, Festival International des films documentaires. (France, 2016).

Festival Internacional de Cine de Montevideo. Official Selection (Uruguay, 2016).

Film Society of Lincoln Center, Art of the Real. New York (EEUU, 2016).

Play-doc Festival Internacional de Documentais in Tui. Official Selection (España, 2016).

Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Buenos Aires. Official Selection (Argentina, 2016).

"Talents Best Film" Award and "Special Mention of the Critics" Award at D’A Festival Int. de Cinema d’autor Barcelona, (España, 2016).

Bildrausch Film Festivan, Basel. Official Selection (Schweiz, 2016).

Beat International Film Festival. Moscow, (Russia, 2016).

(S8) Mostra de Cine Periférico A Coruña. Sección Oficial (España, 2016).

Olhar de Cinema, Festival Internacional de Curitiva. "Outros Olhares" Program (Brasil, 2016).

München International Film Festival.  "International Independents" Program (Deutschland, 2016).

Riviera Maya International Film Festival. Official Selection (México, 2016).

Honorary Award to Andrés Duque at Festival Internacional de Cine Lima Independiente (Perú, 2016).

Odessa International Film Festival. Official Selection (Ucraína, 2016).

Hermitage State Museum, Saint Petersburg. July Program (Russia, 2016).

GARAGE  Contemporary Art Museum Moscow. July Program (Russia, 2016).

New Horizons Film Festival Wroclaw. Official Selection (Polska, 2016).

"Best Feature Film" Award at Dokufest, Prizren (Kosova, 2016).

National Centre for Contemporary Arts - NCCA. Moskvá (Russia, 2016).

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. “Latitudes”  Program (España, 2016).

Jury Special Mention. Alcances, Festival de Cine Documental, Cadiz, Official Selection (España, 2016).

Pancevo Film Festival, Official Program (Srbija, 2016).

International Film Festival CINEMATIK Piestany, Official Program (Slovenka, 2016).

"Jury Special Mention" at Les Rencontres Cinématografiques de Cerbère-Portbou (Francia, 2016).

Message to Man Film Festival Saint Petersburg. Official Selection (Russia, 2016).

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de León MUSAC. October Program (España, 2016).

DocLisboa International Documentary Film Festival. Official Selection - Opening Film (Portugal, 2016).

VIENNALE. Official Selection (Österreich, 2016).

Jihlava IDFF "Witness" Program (Ceska Republika, 2016).

Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de la Plata. Official Selection (Argentina, 2016).

"Best Film" and "Critics" Awards at CARACASDOCS, Festival de Cine Documental(Venezuela, 2016).

Minsk International Film Festival. Official Selection (Respublica Belarus, 2016).

Cambridge International Film Festival. Official Selection (U.K., 2016).

Centro Niemeyer, Avilés. October Program (España, 2016).

Museo Tabakalera, Donosti. October Program (España, 2016).

Museo Universidad de Navarra, November Program (España, 2016).

FIDOCS - Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago de Chile, Focus Andrés Duque (Chile, 2016).

Jury's Special Mention, Antofadocs - Festival Internacional de Cine Documental (Chile, 2016).

Museo Würth La Rioja, "The Screen of Arts" Program November (España, 2016).

BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, November Program (Bruxelles, 2016).

Pravo Ljudski Film Festival - Sarajevo, Official Selection (Bosna i Jertzegovina, 2016).

Festival Internaciónal de Cine de Cali. Official Selection (Colombia, 2016).

Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal. "BeatDox" Program (Canada, 2016).

SiberiaDOC Krasnoyarsk. Official Program (Russia, 2016).

Festival Cinespaña, Toulouse. Official Selection (France, 2016).

Festival Internacional de Cine de Zaragoza. Official Selection (Spain, 2016).

Porto/Post/Doc, Film & Media Festival. Official Selection (Portugal, 2016).

Nomination "Best Cinematography" and "Best Original Score" Premios Fenix Iberoamérica (México, 2016).

Elektra Theater, Moscow. December Program (Russia, 2016).

MIRADASDOC Tenerife. Official Selection (España, 2017).

Göteborg International Film Festival. Official Selection (Sverige, 2017).

"Best Feature Film" Award and "Lab80" Award at SEEYOUSOUND Film Festival Torino, (Italia, 2017).

Colección del Museo Ruso, San Petersburgo / Málaga. April Program (España, 2017).

Center Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona. April Program (España, 2017).

EDOC, Encuentros del otro cine. Official Selection (Ecuador, 2017).

The Montalban Theater. "L.A. Ola" Showcase (EEUU, 2017).

Anthology Film Archives. "L.A. Ola" Showcase (EEUU, 2017).

Festival Argeles/Mer. Official Selection (France, 2017).

"Best Internacional Documentary" and "Audience Award" AricaDoc International Film Festival (Chile, 2017).

Cinemaissí Latinamerican Film Festival Helsinki. Official Selection (Finland, 2017).

Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival. Official Selection (Lietuvos, 2017).

Frontera-Sur Festival Internacional de Cine de No-Ficción in Concepción. Official Selection (Chile, 2017).

"Best Foreign Documentary" Award at Golden Unicorn Awards London (UK, 2017).

DK Zattere Exhbition - V-A-C Fundazione Venezia. April Program (Italia, 2019).

Atlantida Film Festival - Filmin "Retrospective Andrés Duque" (España, 2019).

Cuarto Cine Helsinki - Orion Theater (Suomi, 2019).

Casa de Rusia Barcelona. January Program (España, 2020).

Filmoteca de Catalunya. March Program (España, 2020).

Retrospective to Andrés Duque, Festival de Cine Documental Alcances, Cádiz (España, 2020).

Grezenlose Wirklichkeit Spanishes Independent-Kino (Deutschland, 2022).

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