Cinetrain: unique cinema journeys



A portrait of a season – a journey through North Russia and Siberia, through the feelings and thoughts of the people who have to cope with one of the world’s harshest climates; a reality where the boundary between life and death is so thin that is sometimes almost nonexistent, where civilization constantly both fights and embraces nature and its millenarian rules and rites. A reflection on life, adaptation and the immutable cycles of existence.

Date of completion: May 2013
Format: HD
Running time: 12″10′
Language: Russian/English
Subtitles: English


There is something majestic about the Russian winter, something beautiful and intimidating at the same time that forces you to think and “feel” beyond the mere landscape and the everyday human actions. With this short film I tried to capture, or at least briefly touch on, that elusive feeling.

- Cristina Picchi,
Director of “Zima”.

Cristina Picchi

Christina Picchi (Italy) – Director of “Zima”

Cristina Picchi (Lucca, 1981) is an Italian documentary filmmaker and writer based in London.

As a filmmaker she has directed and edited the documentaries Zima (2013), Under Your Skin (2011), Fragments of a Dream (2011) and The Disassociated (currently in post-production). Her films have been screened in festivals and galleries worldwide. Her written work includes short stories and contributions to award-winning books. She holds a degree in European Literature from the University of Pisa and and a master’s degree in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths University.

Saulius Lukoševičius

Saulius Lukoševičius (Lithuania) – DP of “Zima”

Saulius Lukoševičius is a cinematographer who graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) in 2010. After graduation he shot his first mid-length fiction road movie “Book Smuggler” (“Knygnesys”, 36′), which was very well received in Lithuania. After that he shot several short fictions: “On Wednesdays”, “Rendezvous”, “Goodbye cruel world!”, “The Swimmer”. Also – documentaries: “A Place We Call Home”, “Game of the Nation”.He participated in various workshops and projects such as Berlinale Talent Campus #10, “Aristoteles” international documentary film workshop in Romania, “Summer Media Studio” in Lithuania. Films that Saulius shot were screened and awarded in international festivals ( Sheffield Doc/Fest, Kino Pavasaris, Arsenals, River Film Festival and others).
At the moment, Saulius is working as freelance cinematographer.

Henri d'Armancourt (France) - Sound Director of "Zima

Henri d’Armancourt (France) – Sound Director of “Zima

Henri D’Armancourt is a sound director and mixer who graduated from the ENS Louis Lumière sound department in 2011. His works ranges from producing and mixing music to recording sound on movie sets and making sound design for films. He’s also done some radio work making audio documentaries and wacky radio plays. In the past years, he has worked on several short features screened in various international festivals but the most famous project he’s worked on is the French TV series BREF as sound director. Now he’s very busy traveling the world, recording and mixing live bands for La Blogotheque and also pursuing a career as a songwriter in his band Shoefiti whose songs ended in most of Cinetrain’s trailers!


- 66th Locarno international film festival: Pardi di domani competition.

  • World Premiere
  • Pardino d’argento Swiss Life for the Concorso internazionale
  • Premio Pianifica – Locarno Short Film nominee for the European Film Awards

- Message to Man International Film Festival 2013 (Saint Petersburg) – International Competition

  • Russian Premiere

- 42e Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montréal) – Official selection

  • North American Premiere

- International short film festival “ShortForm”

- Impakt (Utrecht) – Official Selection

- L’Alternativa (Barcelone) – Official Selection

- International Goteborg Film Festival – Sweden – In competition

- L’Alternativa Festival De Cinema Indepedente Barcelona – Spain 

- Kratka Forma — Serbia

- Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo – Spain

- EU Short Film Festival – Hong Kong

- Filmfestival Münster – Germany

- Panorama of European Cinema – Greece

- Uppsala International Short Film Festival – Sweden

- EU Short Film Festival – Macau

- Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film festival – France – In competition

- Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival – In competition

- Hong-Kong International film festival – Honk Kong – In competition

Directed and edited by Cristina Picchi
Image by Saulius Lukoševičius
Sound and Mix by Henri D’Armancourt

Produced by Tanya Petrik and Guillaume Protsenko

Production manager: Ekaterina Okhonko
Production assistants: Alina Lobzina, Alexandra Marchenko

Music by Shoefiti

With: Ay Ogunlana, Alxander, Vladimir, Alexey Beznosov, ALexander, Alexey Laptev.

MIRUMIR studio,

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

Special thanks to Mr Epifanov.

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