Hermitage Dwellers
Hermitage Dwellers


Director: Nova van Dijk
23 min., 2009, rus.


2011, 1 june, Moscow



16 october, Perm

17 april, 16:20, Saint-Petersburg

17 april, 20:00, Saint-Petersburg


TZIRK is an intimate portrait of 8 year old circus child Alina, who works with her parents, Natasha and Sergei, in a small travelling circus. They live in a small caravan, which they share with their monkeys, rats and snakes that they use in their circus act.
Natasha and Sergei could not leave Alina at home and had no choice but bring her up in the circus. She is the only child there. Alina works like her parents in every performance, She announces the artists together with her mother and she is preparing for an act with three pytons.
Alina is trying hard to fulfil her parents wishes. The main question seems to be if it is a good idea to raise a new generation of circus artists, in a country where everything changes so quickly and the travelling circuses seem to disappear like snow in the sun?


About the film:

TZIRK is a graduation film of the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. It has been screened at several theatres in The Netherlands. The film has also been screened at the Hermitage in Amsterdam.


Алена ван дер Хорст

About the director:

Nova van Dijk studied at a number of art schools in the Netherlands between 1995 and 1999: the prestigious Rietveld Academy, the Photography Academy and Theatre School ‘De Trap’. She decided to work in front as well as behind the scenes in the world of theatre, film and television. In 2004 she enrolled at the directing department of the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, where she graduated in 2009.




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