The Golden Buttons

Russian Federation
20 min.



Director | Alex Evstigneev
Script | Alex Evstigneev
Directors of photography | Liza Popova, Alex Evstigneev
| Sasha Gusarova
Sound | Michael Tyukalin
Composer | Iliya Nasirov
Producer | Alex Kozmenko
Production company | Eastwood Agency


“Everyone can accomplish a heroic act in their life,” says the instructor. But such a destiny is prepared for volunteer teenagers in the presidential school of cadets that trains them to serve in the National Guard created by Putin in 2016. Alex Evstigneev captures these future heroes and reveals their extreme fragility on the verge of indoctrination with sound and images.


About the director:

Alex Evstigneev was born and grew up in Shatura, Russia. He has been studying Documentary Filmmaking at Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (also known as VGIK), course of Viktor Lisakovich, and Alexey Geleyn. His student film The Track premiered at Dok Leipzig in 2019, the festival circle of the next documentary The Golden Buttons was launched on Visions du Reel in 2020. Recently, Alex has been working on an animated documentary Mom’s Hair.