Director: Alina Rudnitskaya
Three young Russian women seek security, a higher social status, and eternal happiness. Not an easy wish to fulfill in a country where the patriarchy dominates. So they join a course in the art of seducing a wealthy man. Seven years of recordings paint a sometimes tragicomic picture of gender roles and femininity in Putin's Russia.
Alina Rudnitskaya's documentaries always have a characteristic original perspective – she is interested not only in depicting the facts of life but also in exploring the internal world of her characters. She succeeds in painting a vivid image of modern man while maintaining a very personal and humanistic approach to each of her stories in visually stunning films.
Curator's point of view: Imagine a Brazilian or Mexican soap opera of 200 series, which is compressed into one film of an hour and a half. Here we see the story of three-fold “Simplemente María” or “Escrava Isaura” from modern Russia.