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Lofty Senses


Sins draw people to the ground.

Film, 27 min, Color, 35 mm

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Special Thanks to:

  • Sergei Selyanov and CTB Film Company, Igor Kalyonov and Nikola Film, Valery Smirnov and Vek Studio, Konstantin Lopushansky, Eduard Rozovsky, Sergei Astakhov, Valeri Revich, Konstantin Kostin, Anatoli Lapshov, Stepan Kovalenko and Miracles-Film, Mikhail Brovarnik and Sergei Turaev, Igor Kabishchev, Alexandra Olonovskaya, St. Petersburg Gymnasium #61, Nadezhda Popova and Training Film Studio of SPbGUKiT, Admiralteisky District Administration, Azimuth Hotel, Admiralteisky District Gilkomservice #2, Metropolis Night Club, Lider Club management, guest workers at 5 Vladimirsky Pr., and many other.


This work is an expression of attitude of the new generation. Arkanov’s ironic short story, written decades before, here reveals an epic nature. What a valuable quality! Teenage characters depicted vividly and accurately. In addition, both the jury and the audience were shocked with the plot which can’t be broadcasted on TV.

Kirill Razlogov

This dynamic, anguished film based on a classic situation of love triangle, looks very modern and would definitely be appreciated by a wide audience. The main characters, two classmates and their female friend, meet on a roof in St. Petersburg, ready to love each other to death or jump down. Katerina’s line from Ostrovsky’s “The Storm,” learned at a literature lesson, prevails: “…why don’t people fly like birds?” They balance on the edge, recklessly deep in their feelings.

Maria Grositskaya
Culture portal

Starting with a classic form of the narrative at the beginning of the film, the director does something almost impossible in the end — he gets away from verified dramatic moves, like letting the story go. And it moves to a new — sensual — level. Сonventionality of a fiction film collapses, time stops, and the characters suddenly become real people. A script rich with events, plenty of action and, in general, a certain density of narration leave an impression of a feature-length film, although it lasts only 27 minutes and is watched smoothly.

Elmira S.,
Kinoshok Film Festival official website

Shakespeare pales beside reviving Russian cinema. Brevity is the soul of wit. In a half-hour film youthful illusions were smashed up. The truth of life, diabolical temptation. A true, not contrived passion.

Marina Suranova,
Pravda. Ru

“Lofty Senses,” a motion picture by Leonid Plyaskin, which already conquered the St. Petersburg’s Peterkit Film Festival, won the jury of Higher Directors Courses led by the institution’s rector Andrey N. Gerasimov.

Serafima Skibyuk,

The audience was greatly excited by watching a movie called “Lofty Senses.” The picture deals with the problems of irrepressible teen sensitivity and sexuality. Petersburg’s intellectuals were pretty cool to have managed to confuse the seasoned Moscow public at VGIK festival with explicit scenes comparable with “Y tu mamá también” at its best. The audience reacted very actively — giggling, applauding, cracking comments.

Katya Vizgalova,

Memories of youth will rush immediately on you after watching Leonid Plyaskin’s “Lofty Senses.” Maybe there are cold winds blowing in the northern capital, but young hearts are not cooled. It was a tension that can’t leave anyone indifferent, as confirmed by the number of awards that the film has already won at various festivals.

VGIK official website

This film will blow your mind up, takes a single breath to watch

Inna Popova,
Gaudeamus newspaper


  • Diploma “For an Authentic and Ruthless Realization of Youthful Hypersexuality” — St. Anna National Awards, Moscow (2008)
  • Best Debut Award to the Crew — Literature And Cinema Festival, Gatchina (2009)
  • Higher Directors Courses Special Award — Kinoshock Festival, Anapa (2008)
  • Grand Prix — Golden Ribbon Contest, Tomsk (2009)
  • Diploma “For Talented and Original Cinematorgaphy” (shared w/other participants) — Peterkit Festival, Saint Petersburg (2007)
  • Best Acting — Artkino Festival, Moscow (2008)
  • Diploma “For Mastery in Performance” to the cast — Peterkit Festival, Saint Petersburg (2007)
  • Best Cinematorgraphy in a Fiction Film — Artkino Festival, Moscow (2008)
  • Grand Prix — Interesting Movies Night, Nizhnevartovsk (2009)
  • Best Directing — Peterkit Festival, Saint Petersburg (2007)
  • Best Fiction Film — Ecology of Soul Film Forum International Contest, Riga, Latvia (2009)

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