How to Save a Dead Friend

Marusya Syroechkovskaya is a suicidal teenager when she meets troubled Kimi Morev. She knows right away that she has found a kindred spirit. “He had scars on his wrists and he knew every single Joy Division song by heart,” she says in the voice-over of her personal debut film. But where love gives her a new perspective, he fights his demons with more and more drugs. So Syroechkovskaya focuses her ambitions on recording the loss of her loved one. HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND is more than a portrait of a hopeless drug addict. Syroechkovskaya shows how many of her contemporaries are struggling with childhood trauma and a lack of prospects. Drugs and suicide take a heavy toll among Russian millennials. (IDFA)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
How to Save a Dead Friend (2022, doc) - Exploration of Confinement (2013, short) - Chistiy chelovek (2012, doc short)
European Panorama Documentary 2023
Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Sweden / Norway / France / Germany 2022
104 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Cinematography Marusya Syroechkovskaya, Kimi Morev
Editing Qutaiba Barhamji
Sound/Sounddesign Yngve Leidulv Sætre, Thomas Angell Endresen, Gasan Hagverdiev, Ada Laub
Music Felix Mikensky
Producer(s) Ksenia Gapchenko, Mario Adamson, Anita Norfolk, Alexandre Cornu, Marusya Syroechkovskaya
DOCS Vostok, Sisyfos Film Production, Folk Film, Les Films du Tambour de Soie, Lyon Capitale TV, RBB/Arte
World Sales
Additional Credits
VOSIS: Image and video audification synthesizer Dr. Ryan McGee; Sound recordists Gasan Hagverdiev, Ada Laub Voice-over recording Sergey Martynov / DoubleRec Studio
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Visions du Réel 2022

Trigger Warning: Drug Use, Death