Robinsons of Mantsinsaari

The film tells the story of two elderly men who are the last residents of a now-Russian-controlled island on Lake Ladoga. Although they are sole inhabitants on the islands, neither speaks to the other: one is of Belarusian origin, the other of Finnish origin. And between the two, there is a long history. Occasionally though, the younger of the two men climbs up on a hill during the evening to see whether light still burns at his neighbour’s.


Country of Production
Germany / Finland / Poland

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal

57 min

Victor Asliuk

Production Filmproduktion in co-production with Making Movies, WDR and Belsat TV, in association with YLE and ARTE

Original Language

English, French

Festivals / Awards

Rotterdam IFF 2009
Cinéma du Réel Paris 2009 (SCAM International Award)
Hot Docs Toronto 2009
Encuentro del Orto Cine Quito 2009
DOXA Documentary Film Festival Vancouver 2009
Santiago de Chile FF 2009
Pärnu IDF 2009
Int. Insular FF Groix 2009 (Special Mention Int. Competition)
Cinéma Verité IDF Tehran 2009
Prix Europa Berlin 2009 (Special Mention TV Documentary)
"Ânûû-rû âboro" IFF New Caledonia 2009 / France (Prix ânûû-rû âboro 2009)
ArtDocFest Moscow 2009
Alpe Adria Cinema Trieste 2010
BAFICI Buenos Aires Independent FF 2010