The Golden Buttons
How to make a movie on a subject that is not allowed to be filmed? The Golden Buttons confronts this problem in an unconventional and fragmentary way, while diving into the tight and shielded world of the students of a Russian cadet school. The seemingly secretly filmed shots and the subtle arc of tension create an authentic and oppressive impression of everyday life in the cadet school. The road from the first drill to the fully trained soldier is hard and not all the boys are up to it, but still: They learn how to function.