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Блажь | Blazh

Блажь | Blazh

Original name: Блажь | Blazh
English name: Grace
Year: 2023
Run time: 119 Min
Language: Russian, Georgian, Balkar
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Russia
Director: Ilya Povolotsky
Producers: Ivan Nechaev, Ilya Povolotsky
cast: Maria Lukyanova, Gela Chitava, Eldar Safikanov, Ksenia Kutepova
Screenplay: Ilya Povolotsky
Cinematographer: Nikolay Zheludovich
Editor: Aleksandr Kletsov, Ilya Povolotsky
Sound Designer: Alexander Krotov, Andrey Dergachev
Music Composer: Zurkas Tepla
Production Company: Blackchamber
World Sales: Pascale Ramonda


  • Cannes FF 2023
  • San Sebastián IFF 2023
  • São Paulo IFF 2023
  • Stockholm IFF 2023
  • MAMI Mumbai FF 2023
  • IFF Kerala 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2019 Froth (Documentary)
  • 2017 Northerners (Short Doc)

Director's Biography:

 Víctor Erice

Ilya Povolotsky (1987, Izhevsk) studied Law, and soon after graduation started a small production company. Directing commercial and commissioned work he gradually shifted to developing independent film projects. His first short documentary film Northerners was presented in competitions of Krakow FF and Camerimage, and was soon followed by a feature-length documentary Froth, which received a Special Mention at IDFA 2019 and numerous distinctions worldwide. Grace is the director’s first scripted picture.


An old camper van passes through obscure Russian province, carrying a teen girl, her father and a rusty film projector. They’ve been on the road for long, drifting among the eerie picturesque “nowheres”. She’s used to his melancholy and random women. He bears with her whims. But everything changes on the way up North, when their world packed in the tight space of the car along with hopes, hurts, fears, and unburied past — eventually explodes.