In the fairytale city of St. Petersburg, 8,500 children live on the streets but the innovative circus Upsala and its director Larissa have decided to give some of those children a chance to leave all that behind them.
AWARDS: Amnesty International Award.
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: International Filmfestival Visions du Réel/ International Film Festival Sao Paulo/ International Film Festival New Delhi/ Olympia International Film Festival/ Giffoni Film FEstival/ Solothurner Filmtage/ Duhok Internatal Filmfestival/ RIA Novosti Moskau
Lucky Devils, From the streets to the circus
This endearing documentary takes us on a journey from the Russian slums to the big top’s lights and the joys of a tour to Switzerland.
The film follows the half-orphan Danja, who discovers the pleasure of playing and performing, the street kid Mischa, who learns the importance of being responsible and helping others, and restless Igor, who’s trying to grow up with a single mother unable to cope with her four children.
They’re surrounded by the kindness of the Swiss clown Gardi Hutter, who shares her dreams with them all.