EN - Russian bear Nicolaï emigrates to Europe to prove to the love of his life (his beautiful ex-wife Natasha) that he’s not a loser. To convince Natasha that he’s the one and only for her, he wants to get his ‘Official European ID card’ as soon as possible. But this is not easy as he lives and works in a zoo inside the fridge in which he was smuggled into Europe. During the day he works as a bear; in the evening he tries to forget his problems by playing the piano. Immigrants come and go, and one day a certain Gennady arrives at the zoo. He turns out to be Natasha’s new husband…

NL - De Russische beer Nicolaï is naar Europa gevlucht om zijn grote liefde, zijn bloedmooie ex Natasha te bewijzen dat hij geen loser is. Om haar te tonen dat hij ‘the one and only’ is wil hij zo snel mogelijk ‘officiële Europese verblijfsdocumenten’ te pakken krijgen, dit blijkt moeilijker dan gedacht. Net zoals alle andere immigranten leeft en werkt Nicolaï in de zoo, waar hij overdag werkt als ‘Beer’ en ‘s avonds zijn zorgen probeert te vergeten met piano spelen. Vreemdelingen komen en gaan. Op een dag arriveert er een zekere Gennady. Hij blijkt niemand anders te zijn dan de nieuwe man van Nicolaï's onvergetelijke liefde - Natasha.

FR - L'ours russe Nicolaï émigre en Europe pour prouver à l'amour de sa vie (sa merveilleuse ex-femme Natasha) qu'il n'est pas un raté. La journée il travaille comme ours au zoo et la nuit il essaie d'oublier ses problèmes en jouant du piano. Les immigrants vont et viennent jusqu'au jour où un certain Gennady arrive au zoo. Il s'avère être le nouveau mari de l'inoubliable amour de Nicolaï, Natasha... Un film sur un ours et l'amour de sa vie.


Title Natasha
Original title Natasha
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Genre drama, comedy
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-02-19


Cast Benoît Grimmiaux, Arsen Pogosov, Timur Dyussembekov, Natalia Louponossova
Photography Roman Klochkov
Editing Roman Klochkov, Barend Weyens
Music Art-times, Tiffany Veys, Kris Van Roy
Animation Roman Klochkov

Technical specs

Running time film 14'
Release format 2K
Other available formats Blu-ray, DigiBeta, HDCam, DCP, (35mm)
Aspect ratio 16:9
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Province Oost-Vlaanderen


2013: Short Film Competition - Aubagne International Film Festival (FR)

2012: Anima (BE), Krakow Film Festival (PL), Huesca International Film (SP), 5th International Animated Film Festival Animator Poznan (PL), Anima Mundi (BR), Linoleum Festival (RU), Ostends Film Festival (BE), Cartoon D'Or (BE), KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival Netherlands (NL), 10th International Animation Film Festival "TINDIRINDIS" (LT), 3rd CineMigrante International Film Festival (AR), Tous Courts Film Festival (FR), Montreal World Film Festival (CA), Animage International Animation Festival of Pernambuco (BR), Big Cartoon Festival Moskow (RU), International Short Film Festival Louvain (BE)


2012: SACD prize - Anima (BE), Ensor prize - Ostends Film Festival (BE), International Grand Prix - 10th International Animation Film Festival "TINDIRINDIS" (LT), Best Original Soundtrack - Tous Courts Film Festival (FR), Price of the Jury - International Short Film Festival Louvain (BE)

Flanders trio triumphs in Aubagne

Fien Troch’s Kid, Peter Monsaert’s Offline and Roman Klochkov’s Natasha were the big winners at the 14th Aubagne International Film Festival (8-23 March). While Kid received both the Grand Jury Prize and the Award for Best Music, Offline scooped the Award for Best Script. Roman Klochkov’s Natasha was awarded the Prize for Best Animated Short Film. It was also announced that French distributor Mica Films is to release Monsaert’s Offline in French theatres this summer.

Director Peter Monsaert @ Aubagne Film FestivalIn addition to the Grand Jury Prize Fien Troch’s third feature film, Kid, also received the Award for Best Music, acknowledging Senjan Jansen’s original musical score. Kid follows the story of a seven-year-old boy who lives with his mother and brother on a farm. The fatherless family struggles to make ends meet. When disaster strikes and the two brothers have to move in with their aunt and uncle, Kid misses his mother more than ever and longs to be with her. The film received a special mention at the latest edition of the Ghent Film Festival.

Published on Tuesday 26 March 2013

Flemish Award winners at Leuven short Fest

Benoit De Clerck’s The Importance of Sweet and Salt, Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar nominated Death of a Shadow, Wouter Bouvijn’sCrossroads and Roman Klochkov’s Natasha were the winners in the Flemish competition at the 18th Leuven International Short Film festival (1 – 8 December). The Humo Award, a guest competition, went to Kiss Me Softly by Anthony Schatteman (pictured on the left).

Director Anthony Schatteman receiving his HUMO Award at Leuven shortThe Importance of Sweet and Salt, a tragicomedy about a man's inner struggle to escape from an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his wife, grabbed the Jury Award. The Award, which comes with a cash prize of € 2,000, also ensures the short a spot on the 2014 Academy Awards longlist. Meanwhile Wouter Bouvijn’s short Crossroads received the Award for Best Debut.

Published on Sunday 9 December 2012

Time of My Life and The Invader grab Awards in Ostend

At the close of the Ostend Film Festival (7 – 15 September 2012) the Flemish film industry gathered in Ostend for the third annual Flemish Film Awards, now called the ‘Ensors’. Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Frank Van Mechelen’s Germaine were the winners of the evening with three or more Awards. This edition also saw the introduction of a number of new awards such as Best Documentary (Epilogue).

Still of Nic Balthazar's Time of My LifeTime of my life (pictured on the left) won the awards for Best feature, Best actor in a leading role (Geert Van Rampelberg) and Best Editing (Philippe Ravoet). Based on a true story, Time of My Life is the story of MS-patient  Mario Verstraete who was not only instrumental in legalising euthanasia in Belgium… but was also the first to make use of that new law. Peter Bouckaert produced the film for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.

Published on Saturday 15 September 2012

Welcome Home and Little Black Spiders Flemish eye-catchers in Montreal

Tom Heene’s Welcome Home, which only recently received an invitation to Venice, and Patrice Toye’s Little Black Spiders are the Flemish eye-catchers at the 36th World Film Festival in Montreal (23 August-3 September). Heene’s debut feature will be screening in the First Films World Competition, while Toye’s film will be celebrating its world premiere in the prestigious Focus on World Cinema section. In total, no less than 10 Flemish (co)productions were confirmed for the Canadian fest’s line-up.

tom heene welcome homeWith selections for both Montreal and the International Critics’ Week in Venice, filmmaker Tom Heene has pulled off an impressive feat. In Montreal’s First Films World CompetitionWelcome Home is in the running for one of three Zenith Awards. Producer of Welcome Home is Tomas Leyers for Minds Meet. The Brussels-based production company even has a second film screening in Montreal: minority co-production The World Belongs to Us by director Stephan Streker was confirmed for the Focus on World Cinema programme.

Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012

Flemish shorts land awards at ANIMA

Two Flemish films charmed the juries at the Brussels ANIMA festival for animated films: both Roman Klochkov’s bear love story Natasha and Boris Sverlow’s  Russian revolution odysey Shattered Past were laureled with awards. The festival’s main award went to South Korean animator Beomsik Shimbe Shim's The Wonder Hospital.

shattered pastThe Academy Award nomination for A Cat in Paris, a French/Flemish co-production, and the international popularity and sales successes for the Chickentown series showed once again that the Belgian and Flemish animated film industries are booming. The ANIMA festival received no less than 99 Belgian animated films, 20 of which entered in official competition.

Published on Tuesday 28 February 2012

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