Doch rybaka Tzarevna Scaling
Uldus Bakhtiozina, Russian Federation 2020
A fisherman’s daughter knows but one way to scale, yet all is too different for a daughter of a tzar. 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’.