Date of completion: May 2013
Running time: 21′
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An introspective journey following the thin line between transcendental inspiration and bleak visions evoked by the spirit of vodka.
I was driven by the interest for substances that enhance life. So I sought passionate vodka-drinkers, those walking a thin line between euphoric inspiration and bleak nightime visions of a more psychotic nature.
– Benny Jaberg,
Director of “The Green Serpent”.
Benny Jaberg studied film and directing at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), where he graduated in 2010 with a Master in Film directing. His first feature length and award-winning documentary for cinema «Daniel Schmid – Le chat qui pense» premiered at the 2010th Berlinale and has been shown at several film festivals worldwide, such as Chicago, Pusan and Buenos Aires among others.
Since 2009, Benny Jaberg works as an independent filmmaker. He is currently writing his first feature length fiction film.
Joona Pettersson(b. 1983 Helsinki, Finland) is a cinematographer who also makes projects in photography and projection design. His movies has been seen in major international film festivals like Clermont-Ferrand Film Fest, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Edinburgh Film Fest. Pettersson studied cinematography at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow and video art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris.
He has visited over 60 countries.
Xavier Thieulin is a sound director. Graduating in 2007 with a Master in Sound Engineering from the ENS Louis-Lumière, Xavier started working in the French film industry. He specializes in postproduction for feature films (which have been selected in Cannes, Toronto and Durban Film Festivals). He also works for documentary makers, on sound design for exhibitions, and teaches sound in foreign countries. Xavier resides between Paris and Berlin.
66th Locarno Internation Film Festival: World premiere – BOCCALINA FILM CRITICS PRIZE
28th Vancouver International film festival – Official selection
International Kurzfiltage Winterthur 2013 – Official Selection
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2013
City of Winterthur prize – BEST SHORT FILM
Solothurner Filmtage 2014
SWISS FILM AWARD – Short Film Nominee
MECAL IFF – Official competition
With the participation of
(order of appearance)
Aleksandr Nikolaevich Bashirov
Actor and director, St. Petersburg
Nikolai Mikhailovich Budnev
Director of Research and Development Center
of Applied Physics, Irkutsk State University
Written, edited and directed by
Sound record and edit, re-recording mix
Additional cinematography, picture design,
sound composition and Korg MS-20 sounds
Tanya Petrik, Guillaume Protsenko, Benny Jaberg
On set interpreter
Alexandra Marchenko, Guillaume Protsenko
Transcriptions and translations
Technical post production support
Title and graphic design
Gregor Huber, glashaus, Zürich
Film und Video Untertitelung, Berlin
Post production facilities
Color grading at Plan B Film, Zürich
Re-recording mix at SDS Studios, Bern
DCP manufactured at Redsmoke Productions, Zürich
With the financial support of
Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Accent Bank, Russia
This movie was produced within the Cinetrain 2013: „Russian Winter“ project
© 2013 Benny Jaberg and MiruMir Film Studio
THE GREEN SERPENT
of vodka, men and distilled dreams
Special thanks to Mr Epifanov.
With the support of: