Subtitles: English, Spanish
Runtime: 92 mins.
Lost in the Caspian Sea, the island Ostrov was once home to a well-functioning fishing collective farm. After the fall of the USSR, the farm was destroyed, and black caviar extraction was banned. 3'000 people used to live on the island. Now, around fifty remain. The island has no gas or electricity, it has no jobs, no doctors, or police. On the mainland, Ostrov is known as the "poachers' island". For Ivan (50), the stubborn descendant of a dynasty of fishermen, there is only one job: illegal fishing for caviar, the black gold of the Caspian Sea. Ivan was imprisoned twice for poaching. Yet he goes out to sea again. There is no choice – he either gets the caviar or he starves.
Film presented with the kind support of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico.
Svetlana Rodina has worked as a reporter and host for various television programs on the RTR channel. In 2011, she became the editor-in-chief of the documentary department of United Media Group, one of the largest production companies in Russia. Since 2006, Rodina has primarily worked as a documentary scriptwriter and director. Laurent Stoop has a diploma in literature and photography. Just after the end of the Soviet Union he moved to Moscow and worked as a freelance photographer with the photo agency Lookat. In 1995 he founded the production company Mayak-Film. Since then he worked as DOP for various television and feature documentaries, including the award winning and critically acclaimed CITIZEN KHODORKOVSKY (2016).
Svetlana Rodina, Laurent Stoop
Cinematography: Laurent Stoop
Production: Corinna Dästner, Sonja Kilbertus, Urs Augstburger.
Screenplay: Laurent Stoop, Svetlana Rodina
Editing: Karine Sudan, Orsola Valenti, Svetlana Rodina
Music: Marcel Vaid