Cinetrain: unique cinema journeys

The Green Serpent



Date of completion: May 2013
Format: HD
Running time: 21′
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English/German/French


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 (Switzerland) - Direcor of "The Green Serpent"

Benny Jaberg (Switzerland) – Direcor 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.

774186_10151373706772485_2077324529_oJoona 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.

774935_10151373718677485_677607752_oXavier 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)


Mstislav Biserov

Poet, Murmansk


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

Benny Jaberg



Joona Pettersson


Sound record and edit, re-recording mix

Xavier Thieulin



Marcel Vaid


Additional cinematography, picture design,

sound composition and Korg MS-20 sounds

Benny Jaberg



Tanya Petrik, Guillaume Protsenko, Benny Jaberg


Production assistant

Alexandra Marchenko


Research assistant

Ekaterina Okhonko


On set interpreter

Alexandra Marchenko, Guillaume Protsenko


Transcriptions and translations

Alina Lobzina


Technical post production support

Fabian Wegmüller


Color grading

Patrischa Freuler

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

Migros Kulturprozent

Succes Cinema


This movie was produced within the Cinetrain 2013: „Russian Winter“ project


© 2013 Benny Jaberg and MiruMir Film Studio

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of vodka, men and distilled dreams

Special thanks to Mr Epifanov.

accent bank


With the support of: