FILM ABOUT THE LIFE OF KAMCHATKA BEARS TO BE SHOWN IN CINEMAS ALL OVER RUSSIA
"Kamchatka Bears. Life Begins" by Vladislav Grishin and Irina Zhuravleva is a story of two female bears and their cubs: Samapyata with four cubs and Tesla with two cub bears. The film thought leader was the famous wildlife photographer, a devotee of reserve management in Russia and two-times winner of BBC Wildlife Photographer, Igor Shpilenok. Together with his brother Dmitry Shpilenok, he set the goal to tell about the first, most eventful year in the life of brown bear cubs and their adventures, how the little ones get acquainted with the surrounding world and learn to avoid dangers awaiting them among the congeners. The main part of the film was shot in the South Kamchatka Federal Sanctuary near the Kurile Lake, the largest spawning ground of red salmon in Eurasia, where dozens of bears come every year in summer and in autumn.
Igor Shpilenok, nature photographer:
— Kamchatka bears are an endless topic, and the main objective of our film is to show what wonderful creatures they are. Yes, they are large predators with teeth and claws, but I have always wanted people to wish to protect them. Currently, the South Kamchatka Sanctuary has over 1,000 species, and there are about 20,000 bears in Kamchatka. But even here, where everything seems good, new production companies appear and it destroys their habitat. And the main wealth of Kamchatka is its wildlife, that is why the film will be very important for conservation of the species.
Shooting became possible
thanks to the crowdfunding campaign which was supported by one and half
thousand people all over Russia and several dozens of people from Norway,
Italy, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Iceland, France, the USA,
Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and other countries.
Irina Zhuravleva, producer, one of the film directors:
— We have made a very beautiful and vivid film. We neither used any special effects or stage scenes nor stuck to any strict scenario, but we wholly trusted nature and what it wants to show us. We really want the film to make a strong emotional pressure on the audience, enrapture them with the pristine beauty of reserve lands and make them wish to preserve this miracle.
"Kamchatka Bears. Life Begins" is a pass to the enchanting reserve world for today's urbanized people. This film gives the audience a unique opportunity to watch the inhabitants of the peninsula, the origin of new life and the enchanting beauty at the extremity of the earth. The animation solutions and the hour format make it interesting and exciting even for the youngest audience.
Tatyana Gulbina, Deputy Director for Environmental Awareness-Building and Public Relations at Federal State Budgetary Institution Kronotsky State Reserve:
— It is really a long-awaited premier. The subscribers to Kronotsky Reserve in social media from all over Russia just bombarded us with questions when and where they could see the first documentary film about the childhood of bears. We are glad that thousands of Russians and foreign guests will be able to touch the wilderness of Kamchatka and to understand how fragile and priceless it is. The uniqueness of this film is that it does not need translation. For 55 minutes, the viewers get fully immersed in the wildlife.
Sergey Rafanov, Director of Kamchatka/Bering Ecoregional Office of WWF:
— This film is distinguished by the amazing shooting of the unique Kamchatka nature, made with love for our job and the primeval beauty around us. At the back of mind, the film echoes with kind fairy tales about tender bear cubs and the dangers awaiting them in the first years of their life. And here you understand: one of the main dangers is man himself, his activities and consumer attitude to natural ecosystems. We hope this film will have an imperishable impression on the audience and make people think about the wildlife fragility.
The film "Kamchatka Bears. Life Begins" is 55 minutes of
happiness, a feeling of involvement in what is happening around and in the
wildlife. The international premier of "Kamchatka Bears. Life Begins"
took place on February 2 at the Helsinki International Documentary Film
Festival. Now the film has been chosen for 35 festivals and has already received 15 awards (from special prizes to grand prizes) at
domestic and international festivals in Finland, Slovakia, Canada, Italy,
Spain, Germany, Poland and other countries.
| Documentary film | 55 min. | Russia | 0+
For family watching
The documentary film
"Kamchatka Bears. Life Begins" tells about the first year of life of brown
bears with the scenario written by nature itself. For seven months, the LESFILM
shooting team watched several bear families in T. I. Shpilenok South
Kamchatka Federal Sanctuary to capture the secrets of growing-up of one of the
largest predators in Russia. "Kamchatka Bears. Life Begins" is a
special picture taking the audience to the world of volcanoes, rivers and
wild animals, the world where man is cast in the role of observer. Our goal is
to immerse the audience in an atmosphere of biological balance, which is
still preserved in conservation areas. The project is implemented by a team of
professionals, experts of the wilderness. The thought leader is the nature
photographer Igor Shpilenok, taking photos of wild animals for 10 years
already. The team was consulted by Valentin Pazhetnov, Doctor of Biological
Science, Honored Ecologist of Russia.
Off-screen voice is by film and theater actor, honored artist of Russia, Anatoly Bely.