Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

School of Seduction (2020)

According to School of Seduction, working-class women have few options in patriarchal Russia, and all of them involve finding a man. To aid young ladies in that quest, there are seduction schools where they can learn the timeless art of bumping, grinding and butt-wiggling their way into a prospective partner’s heart and pants – in particular, the pocket where he keeps his wallet.

Focused on a trio of women navigating this warped and sexist landscape, Alina Rudnitskaya’s documentary is an eye-opening snapshot of gender dynamics in modern Russia. Praised by President Vladimir Putin as a place where “a man is a man and a woman is a woman,” it’s a country that instills in its female population the belief that independence is a pathway to ostracization and sorrow, and that marriage and parenthood is the primary means by which happiness can be attained. As a result, there can be no greater aim than to land a man willing to put a literal ring on it – regardless of whether love is also part of the matrimonial package.

That’s where the schools of seduction come in.

Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

[eventio_frame id=5a44a0a26563f3db2b8b4567 cef_5a434efa6563f3531e8b4567=%the_title%]

Film Title : School of Seduction
Language : venäjä
Director : Alina Rudnitskaja
Year : 2019
Length : 97
Age limit : K12
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Alina Rudnitskaja, Alexander Demyanenko, Fedor Bakulin
Editing : Cathrine Ambus
Music : Karwan Marouf
Producer : Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Production Company : Danish Documentary

Screenings :
Mon 27.1. at 17.30, Kinopalatsi 5
Sat 1.2. at 18.00, Kinopalatsi 1, followed by a Q&A with director Alina Rudnitskaja
Sun 2.2. at 14.30, Orion, followed by a Q&A with director Alina Rudnitskaja