μicro Competition
24.07.04

Monument

by Maksim Avdeev, Russia, 2024, 15' World Premiere

In a reflection on family, identity and the abyss of ideology, director Maksim Avdeev confronts the stark parallels and irreconcilable differences with his father. Bound by blood yet torn apart by divergent beliefs, their relationship exists only within the confines of archival footage. Forced into exile because of his queerness, Maksim breaks the silence and dials his father’s number after 1.5 years.

Monument emerges as a raw and intimate exploration of the fractures within a family, as Maksim struggles with the painful realisation that his father’s loyalty to Russian propaganda eclipses their bond as parent and child. Through this distant dialogue, Maksim embarks on a soul-searching journey to bridge the gap between them, navigating the complexities of love, acceptance and the relentless pull of conflicting truths.

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