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‘The Secretary of Ideology’ and ‘Immortal’

‘The Secretary of Ideology’

Ivan Komendantov is just 16 years old, but he has already become the secretary of ideology at the local Komsomol committee. Ivan craves to grow up, so he takes every challenge with enthusiasm, whether it is a world financial crisis or a secret mission to hit a chick.

Director Yuriy Pivovarov has become a Komsomol member himself during the shooting of this movie.


Apatity, a far-north industrial town in Russia, first came into being as a USSR concentration camp. Although its environment is at the brink of ecological disaster, the people here still believe in the state’s promise of immortality that can be gained through sacrificial service to the fatherland. This is how the elite in a totalitarian state buy a person’s will, strength, talent and, indeed, life, turning the human being into another resource that is as faceless as a grey lump of ore.

‘I cannot fight big corporations or state structures with a film. But I hope that there is someone in the darkness of the cinema whose heart will get a bit warmer after seeing it,’ says the director. The larger part of the film was shot during the polar night.

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