The Lord Eagle

The Lord Eagle

Directed by Eduard Novikov • 2018 • Russia

Set in the 1930s, Eduard Novikov’s adaptation of Vasily Yakovlev’s short story follows an elderly couple deep in the Russian taiga. When they find themselves playing host to an unexpected guest one winter — a sacred eagle – they fear its arrival signals ill fortune. With this sparse but moving tale imbued with a deep appreciation for Sakha folklore, beautifully intermingling shamanism and Christianity, Novikov sheds light on an indigenous culture trying to cope with modernity and Soviet rule. The Lord Eagle’s win at the Moscow Film Festival propelled Sakha film into the limelight.

THE LORD EAGLE • ТОЙОН КЫЫЛ
Directed by Eduard Novikov
Written by Semyon Ermolaev
From a short story by Vasili Yakovlev
Cinematography by Semion Amanatov
Music by Andrey Guryanov
Starring: Stepan Petrov, Zoya Popova, Afanasi Fyodorov

In Sakha with English subtitles

Winner of the Best Film Award at Moscow International Film Festival, 2018

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The Lord Eagle
  • The Lord Eagle

    Directed by Eduard Novikov • 2018 • Russia

    Set in the 1930s, Eduard Novikov’s adaptation of Vasily Yakovlev’s short story follows an elderly couple deep in the Russian taiga. When they find themselves playing host to an unexpected guest one winter — a sacred eagle – they fear its arrival signals...

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