Project Description

Can you persuade your wife to emigrate to America?

Beautiful America
Lost Water Part 3

1899 A.D.
The traveling Russian cloth salesman, Igor Gruzeveyich, uses letters and film images to try and persuade his wife to emigrate to America. She refuses and Igor takes further measures…

5627 A.D.
IfHR – Institute for Historical Reconstruction:
Historians find the material and from this reconstruct the film of Igor’s journey.

director: Peter Roloff
genre: mock doc
duration: 22 min.
format: 16 mm

original title Krasna Amerika – Verlorenwasser 3
year 2000
format 16 mm | 241 m | 1:1,34
writer  & director Peter Roloff
photography Peter Roloff
sound Peter Roloff
editing Peter Roloff
music Polka Service, Adolph Hofner
production maxim film

From Igor’s diary:

My dearest Jelena,
I had to wait in Vladivostok for ten days. The raging pacific caused the delay. No ship could sail for America. My baggage is my trusty kinematograph, a newfangled phonograph, and stacks of paper so I can write you often. All is stowed securely on the Pushkin.
It is a unique feeling. When you read these line, God willing, I will be no stranger to the New World.
You ever-loving Igor

“Message to Man” Film Festival Petersburg, Premiere

2000 BBC Short Film Festival London
2000 dokumentART Neubrandenburg 2000 Intern.
2000 Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm Leipzig
2000 Mostra Internacional de Cinema São Paulo, Brazil
2000 Festival Tous Courts Aix-en-Provence, France
2001 Szczecin Film Festival, Poland
2001 International Film Festival Figueira da Foz, Portugal
2001 Palm Springs Int. Short Film Festival, USA – Best Documentary Award
2001 Circles of Confusion, Berlin
2001 Worldwide Short Film Festival,Toronto, Canada
2001 Bamberger Kurzfilmtage, Germany
2001 Belo Horizonte Int. Short FilmFestival, Brazil – Best Short Film Award
2001 Intern. Dokumentarfilmfestival München
2001 Int. Grenzland Filmtage Selb – Zuschauerpreis – 3rd prize Audience Award
2001 Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA – Honorable Mention
2001 Dahlonega Int. Film Festival, USA
2011 kunstfrühling, Bremen, Germany

SBS Australia (02/03), etc.

Theatrical and DVD distributor in Germany
Basis-Film Verleih