Sashinka

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Canada (Québec) | 2017 | 78 minutes | Kristina Wagenbauer

On the night before her big break, a 22-year-old musician and her carefully constructed world gets thrown into chaos when her troubled, estranged mother shows up on her doorstep in this naturalistic drama about what we choose to leave behind in order to succeed.

"This is a story about one of the most important human relationships, that between mother and daughter." Gillian Anderson - The Stranger

Sasha (Carla Turcotte) is a 22-year-old Montreal musician one day away from her big break, a nightclub gig in front of some industry professionals. But while having a night in with her friends to calm her pre-performance nerves, said nerves get frayed when Sasha's estranged mother, Elena (Natalia Dontcheva, "Doc Martin"), appears at her doorstep. Broke, manic, and apparently homeless, Elena had recently hit it big gambling in Atlantic City only to have her young boyfriend run off with the earnings, and she's come to find emotional support in her own flesh and blood, her little Sashinka. Elena promises to only stay the night but quickly oversteps Sasha's well-defined boundaries. And when the big day arrives, it becomes clear what tore mother and daughter apart in the first place. Both mother and daughter struggle against their own anxieties of their tenuous existence—Sasha's self-assigned nickname is "Nobody"; Elena's greatest fear is being forgotten—but maybe this time, somebody will notice them. Making her feature debut, director/co-writer Kristina Wagenbauer doesn't shy away from the frustrations of a fractured family, unpeeling each layer with a naturalistic storytelling ability equal parts funny and painful, in a drama about what we choose to leave behind in order to succeed.

Director Biography
Russian native Kristina Wagenbauer began her career in filmmaking in 2007, and has since left her mark on over 35 films as a director, writer, and producer. For her achievements, she was selected to attend multiple prominent workshops including The Summer Film School at the Locarno Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus. She follows the principles of the Kino movement, which practices minimalism for short-film production in terms of small budgets and crews.

Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada, Quebec Government Office in LA, Boulart Bread

  • Director: Kristina Wagenbauer
  • Principal Cast: Carla Turcotte, Natalia Dontcheva, David Giguère, Emmanuel Schwartz, Eliane Préfontaine
  • Premiere Status: US
  • Country: Canada (Québec)
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 78 minutes
  • Producer: Nellie Carrier, Hany Ouichou
  • Screenplay: Kristina Wagenbauer, Marie-Genevieve Simard
  • Cinematographers: Marie Davignon
  • Editors: Jules Saulnier
  • Music: Jean-Sebastien Williams
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: FunFilm Distribution
  • International Sales: FunFilm Distribution Inc