Can moments be defined as fate or coincidence? The people who touch our lives, the choices we've made, the many turns we could've taken but didn't? Some coincidences we aren’t meant to understand and some things aren’t coincidences. For Russian immigrants Yulia and Sasha, a pivotal moment arrives on the eve of their upcoming wedding in America, as they reflect on the fateful ways they met and the journey that brought them together; from random acts, to deliberate choices, and the people who helped along the way.
Like many in a diaspora, they yearn to share their wedding celebration with the friends and family that remain overseas. Sadly most of them can't make the long journey to attend. It's a challenge that seems insurmountable, until the night Sasha presents Yulia with a simple gift, an old Russian nested doll, the ubiquitous matryoshka. It's an old family heirloom that comes with a very powerful message, one that inspires Yulia to action. All alone, Yulia travels to their Russian homeland to create a special video of their friends and family as a thoughtful surprise to share with everyone at their wedding, including Sasha. Challenges arise immediately upon her arrival. As Yulia's journey unfolds, questions unravel like the layer upon layer of a matryoshka.
Written and directed by Pacific Pictures founder Kevin Shahinian, "Matryoshka" was shot over six days on-location in Moscow, Russia, and guest stars Evgeniy Volovenko and Olga Prikhodko. Don't miss the full-length concept feature, inspired by true events, "Matryoshka" Wedding Concept Feature.
*Concept Feature (Trailer)