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Lado Kvataniya Shows the Monstrous Side of Domestic Violence in Russia for IWD

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Manizha's dark fairytale music video by the Great Guns director fuels new app to support victims of abuse

Lado Kvataniya Shows the Monstrous Side of Domestic Violence in Russia for IWD

This International Women’s Day, Director Lado Kvataniya depicts the monstrous side of domestic violence in Russia with a dark fairytale music video for Manizha. The music video supports a new app called SILSILA that aids survivors of abuse in Russia. Recently signed to Great Guns for representation in Europe and Asia, the director’s gripping new film, ‘Mama’ firmly solidifies him as a significant talent to watch. Written and directed by Lado and produced by Moscow production house Hype Production, the film tells not only a dark story but a very real one for Russian women. 

‘Mama’ is an eerie fairytale about a family isolated in the woods. Their seemingly mundane daily life is brutally disrupted every night, when the father becomes a werewolf and violently pursues his wife and daughter. As the mother hides her scars day-in and day-out, the daughter begins to notice strange transformations in her body and, ultimately, nurtures a superhuman strength to face the monster head-on to save both herself and her mother. The film ends with the statistics that up to 36,000 women are abused daily in Russia and that an estimated 14,000 women die each year as a result of domestic violence. 

Manizha explains, “The main goal of the film is to act as an awareness campaign to restart the discussion about the decision to decriminalise domestic violence in Russia in 2017. The domestic violence statistics in Russia are no longer accurate and women are left unprotected from abuse in their homes, especially when there’s no previous record on file. First time physical abuse is now prosecuted as an administrative offence rather than a criminal one unless serious bodily harm has been caused.”

Commenting on the music video, Manizha continues: “It’s a heavy, important message so the cinematic language, the genre, and the metaphor of the father as a werewolf accentuating that theme were deliberately chosen to attract a young audience - the generation that can hopefully make a difference. The superhero genre is extremely popular amongst the 12-30 age bracket in Russia. We wanted to hook them in with that on the initial, superficial level but hit them with the realisation at the end of the video that it’s a strong, immediately relevant social message - dark message packaged in entertaining content. I strongly believe that the transformation of society through the metaphor and symbolism of art is one of the greatest responsibilities of an artist.”

This powerful piece of work follows closely on the heels of three equally impactful pieces of work from the director: the videos for Nico Cartosio’s  'Christmas on the Moon', Leningrad’s ‘Gold’ (produced by fellow Great Gunner and good friend Ilya Naishuller), Tim Aminov’s ‘Orpheus’ and ‘Lovesong’ for Biting Elbows, the band fronted by Naishuller. And it’s not just Lado’s music videos that are turning heads. He has created commercial work for brands such as Adidas, Paypal, Google and Visa, and delivered a new kind of sports film for Reebok’s ‘Be More Human’ campaign, featuring UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.  

Laura Gregory, CEO of Great Guns says: “Lado is one of the most exciting emerging young talents today whose work demands to be seen by a global audience. It’s an absolute honour for us having him join the Great Guns roster and we look forward to creating some powerful work together.”

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Production Company

1st AC/Focus Puller: Aleksander Budarin

1st AD: Natasha Deeva

Casting Director: Margo Sayapina

Color Grading and Final Mastering: Artem Leonov

Co-Producers: Nadezhda Usmanova, Pavel Burya, Olga Mitina

Costume Designer: Nadezhda Usmanova

Edit: Vladislav Yakunin

Electricians: Shota Khijaradze, Giorgi Marsagishvili, Misha Saganelidze, Leri Kapanadze, Robert Arqeliani, Roma Gujabidze, Giorgi Aslamazishvili, Giorgi Chanturia, Beka Kharaishvili

Hair, Make Up & Prosthetics: Andrey Plesovskiy, Evgeniy Mikhaylov

Producer: Andrey Samsonov (Producer), Manizha (Creative Producer)

SFX: Master Ioseb Gvasalia, Dato Gvasalia

Camera Assistant: Sergey Ivanov

Co-Production: Nadezhda Usmanova, Pavel Burya, Olga Mitina

Director: Lado Kvataniya

Director of Photography: Andrey Krauzov

Executive Producer: Murad Osmann, llya Stewart, Ilya Dzhincharadze

Makeup Artist: Andrey Plesovskiy, Evgeniy Mikhaylov (Prosthetics Make Up)

Production Company: HypeProduction

Set Decorator: Tamuna Djanashvili (Set Dresser)

Writer: Lado Kvataniya

Production Service

Line Producer: David Kavtaradze

Location manager: Irakli Qiria, Nini Sardlishvili, Irakli Chakhnashvili

Make up Artist: Madona Chanturia, Maya Jincharadze (Assistant)

Producer: Daria Slivkina (Assistant)

Production Designer: Papuna Papaskiri, Besik Abesadze, Koka Ramishvili, Giorgi Chelidze, Zviad Gogiashvili, Teimuraz Janezashvili, Levan Kilashvili (Assistants)

Prop Master: Zura Gogorikidze, Giorgi Gogorikidze, Lasha Abramishvili (Assistants)

Service Producer: Yaroslav Nuvariev

Post Production / VFX

Comp: Saigam Studio (Computer Graphics)

Post producer: Anna Vinnik

Post Production: Suzanna Noruzi (manager)

CG: Saigam Studio

Colourist: Artem Leonov

Sound Mix: Roman Urazov


Music Mix: Roman Urazov (Mix Engineer)

Music & Sound Design: 433 Sound Agency


Editor: Vladislav Yakunin


Gaffer: Vazha Aprasidze

Set Design: Tamuna Djanashvilli

Genres: Music performance, People, Storytelling

Categories: Women's Rights, Corporate, Social and PSAs

Great Guns London, Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:56:00 GMT