Cinetrain: unique cinema journeys

Just the way it is…

Date of completion: May 2013
Format: HD
Running time: 13″15′
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English

A movie which gives an insight into the mysterious Russian Soul through a portrait of a fragile and strong Russian woman who behaves like Dostoyevsky’s lonely hero of the 2nd class on the Trans-Siberian Railway. As a carriage attendant she serves hundreds of passengers every day, even if she’s longing for home and dreaming about being a ballet dancer. The journey with her in the middle of the frozen Siberia gives a glance into the Russian dreams, love, suffering and happiness – in an unusual form of documentary storytelling.


As I was listening to her in her small, tight cabin, where she has spent the last 20 years I was thinking – if this fragile, unnoticed Russian woman represents the Russian stereotype – we were totally wrong what we were thinking till this moment about the Russian Soul.
– Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, Director of “Just the way it is…”

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (Hungary) - Director of "Just the way it is"

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (Hungary) – Director of “Just the way it is”

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter is an independent filmmaker, specialising in fiction and creative documentaries. She graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Hungary in 2009. She was the editor of several Hungarian features, shorts and documentaries that have been screened internationally and have received numerous awards at renowned film festivals. She’s been working also in international movies as an editor and script supervisor with directors from over 12 countries. The Cinetrain project was Bernadett’s first time directing a documentary. As she loves traveling and working on international projects her dream is to travel around the world whilst shooting a cookery show with John Craine and Dimitris Tolios..

John Craine (UK) - DP of "Just the way it is"

John Craine (UK) – DP of “Just the way it is”

John Craine was born in the Isle of Man in 1986. He studied English and Philosophy at the University of York before enrolling at the London Film School where he studied cinematography until he graduated in 2010. John now works as a freelance cinematographer in both fiction and documentary genres. He shot his first feature in Scotland in the summer of 2011. John is mainly based in London but he works all over the world, wherever a project beckons that requires a bold visual style and expressive cinematic images. Cinetrain was John’s first trip to Russia.

World Premiere: 2013 Edindocs

Directed and edited by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Image by John Craine
Sound and Mix by Eugene Goryainov & …

Produced by Tanya Petrik and Guillaume Protsenko

Production assistants: Alina Lobzina, Alexandra Marchenko, Ekaterina Okhonko

With: …

MIRUMIR studio,

With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Special thanks to Mr Epifanov.

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