When Miron’s beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merja culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in west central Russia. Although the Merja people assimilated into Russia in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in their descendants’ modern life. The two men set out on a road trip thousands of miles across the boundless land, with them, two small birds in a cage. As they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, Miron realizes he wasn’t the only one in love with Tanya...


Aleksei Fedorchenko

Rus 2011 78m