Tzarevna Scaling (Fisherman's Daughter)

Дочь рыбака
In her feature film debut Uldus Bakhtiozina brings the campy, saturated aesthetic fingerprint of her artwork to a full-fledged narrative. One central to Tzarevna Scaling is that of trial and transformation that the quest to overcome uncertainty contains. 

A fish van attendant named Polina Schukina is struggling through tough times when a peculiar babushka approaches her stall looking to feed her cats. The treats are served back with a journey into the World of Tzareven – the graceful female crown characters of Russian folk tales – that turns out a place ruled by bureaucracy and its long winding corridors are crowded with young women hoping to find ‘tzarevenness’ within themselves. Polina, too, sets to discover what it takes to be a Tzarevna and learn the tricks of ‘the highly competitive profession’.
2020, Russia, 69 min., 12+
Uldus Bakhtiozina
Alina Korol, Viktoria Lisovskaya, Valentina Yasen, Serafima Solovyeva, Alexandra Kusotskaya, Uldus Bakhtiozina
Awards & Festivals
  • Zerkalo - Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival – participation 

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