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Out of the rubble of the Soviet Union, she is ready to pounce: the invincible lioness - determined, reckless, and exhausted from the pursuit of finding security for herself and her cub, her reflection, her mirror, her child LEV.. Upon their arrival in Germany, a new jouney into the unknown begins.


LEV is a surrealistic German-Russian fairy tale about a young man who retreats to the world of his imagination in order to escape the problems of the real world.

The young LEV uses his imaginary world as an escape, and as a tool to interpret the world around him. All the while his mother finds herself a prisoner in the cultural trappings of traditional motherhood. They both flee in order to find a better life together.

English subtitle: 
Screenings / Awards: 

BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST · Chicago - Project has been selected as a finalist.

Directed by: 
Alina Yklymova
LEV - Stepan Diakov Mascha - Anna Zhara Fortune teller - Jana Lissovskaia Nikolai the Father - Alexander Eisenbraun Horst the Stepfather - Rainer Wager Alex the Lover - Bastian Korff
Produced by: 
Johannes Witt & Alina Yklymova
Music by: 
Tristan Kühn Lukas Kuth Jacob Letz
Cinematography by: 
Luis Jacobi & Hermine Smit
Film Editing by: 
Marco Hülser & Alina Yklymova
Casting by: 
Alina Yklymova
Production Design by: 
Johanna Amberg
Art Direction by: 
Johanna Amberg
Set Decoration by: 
Johanna Amberg
Costume Design by: 
Alina Yklymova
Makeup Department: 
Yasmin von Nagy, Monica Wegenast, Janine Kusche
Production Management: 
Martin Kadel
Other crew: 
Dramatic consaltant and 1st AD Fabian Weber
Release Date: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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