Cinetrain: unique cinema journeys

Sounds of the Soul

Date of completion: January 2014
Format: HD
Running time: 30′
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English

NNothern Russia, Siberia, Winter 2013.

We can not say that they are alone, but we can not say that they are part of society.
We can not say they are illegal, but we can not say that they abide by the law.
We can not say they do not love their life.



“By filming spontaneous slices of life that unfold endlessly, in the image of this sprawling country, I’ve attempted to capture something of the Russian soul, in which fatalism and black humour exist side by side..”

- Robin Dimet,
Director of “Sounds of the Soul”.


Robin Dimet

Robin Dimet (France) – Director of Sounds of the Soul

Robin Dimet studied cinema at the University of SaintDenis (Paris VIII) before going on to complete his studies at the Russian National School of Cinema (VGIK) in Moscow. He has made several documentary films including, Zéro Neuf (2003), A l’Ouest (2005), Moskva-Chmelkova (Poem) (2007), Chiméra’s dream (2012), and shot his first fiction film, Nagavé City (2010) on super16 mm. He is currently working on his second fiction film and on the script for a feature film, The King of Omoul, which takes place in Siberia. Robin Dimet also works as a director of photography and editor on documentary and institutional films.



John Craine (UK) – DoP of “Sounds of the Soul”

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.

  • Eastern Breez International Film Festival: BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD


Directed and edited by Robin Dimet
Image by John Craine
Sound and Mix by

Produced by Tanya Petrik and Guillaume Protsenko

Production assistants: Alina Lobzina, Alexandra Marchenko, Ekaterina Okhonko


MIRUMIR studio,

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

Special thanks to Mr Epifanov.

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