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by Alina Rudnitskaya


How does a woman seduce a rich man? In Putin’s modern Russia, women can supposedly achieve anything they want. However, in its patriarchal everyday reality, a wealthy husband is often the only key to social advancement. Thus, in a country where there are not enough (single) men, ambitious women take part in costly “seduction” workshops: here they learn how to move sensually, dress seductively and ultimately wrap a man around their finger. Lida, Vika and Diana, who live in the metropolis of St. Petersburg, long for a life of money, prestige and maybe even romance. However, do these things really make you happy? Filmmaker Alina Rudnitskaya accompanies these three women from the beginning of the workshop and for a further seven years of their lives. The result is a fascinating and intimate insight into their personal dreams of security and independence, as well as the deeply rooted role models of a whole society.

international title: School of Seduction
original title: School of Seduction
country: Denmark, Austria, Norway, Germany
sales agent: Autlook Filmsales GmbH
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Alina Rudnitskaya
film run: 95'
screenplay: Alina Rudnitskaya
cinematography by: Alina Rudnitskaya
film editing: Cathrine Ambus
music: Karwan Marouf
producer: Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær, Alina Rudnitskaya
co-producer: Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber, Christian Aune Falch, Torstein Parelius, Heino Deckert
executive producer: Eva Mulvad, Mikala Krogh, Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
production: Danish Documentary Production, Golden Girls Filmproduktion, UpNorth Film, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Filmproduktions-GmbH

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