• Length:
    70 minutes
  • Year:
  • Type:
  • Realisation:
    Alexander Abaturov
  • Scenario:
    Alexander Abaturov
  • Image:
    Artiom Petrov, Alexander Kuznetsov, Alexander Abaturov
  • Sound:
    Alexander Kalachnikov
  • Montage:
    Luc Forveille, Alexander Abaturov
  • Production:
    Petit à Petit Production, Sibériade
  • Co-production:
    IDA Studio
  • Festival / Price:
    SELECTION : Berlinale 2018 (Germany)
  • Financing:

A long feature documentary by Alexander Abaturov


Dima is killed on the 23rd May 2013 at the age of 21. Enlisted in the Russian army, he is shot in the head during a military operation in Daghestan. His parents brave the emptiness following his death; whilst those he calls brothers in arms continue to train for war in harsh conditions that create strong bonds between them. The two worlds echo one another in their reflection on death and absence.


Alexander Abaturov was born in 1984 in Russia. After graduating from Gorki University, he became a journalist. In 2010, he obtained a Master Degree from the French documentary School in Lussas. In 2013, he made his first documentary, Sleeping Souls, selected in numerous festivals and awarded the Institut Français Prize at the Cinéma du Réel Festival. The Son is his first feature length documentary.