Pioneer Heroes

by Natalya Kudryashova


1987. Olga, Katya and Andrey are going to be Pioneers. Sticking up to Soviet ideology, the kids dream of becoming heroes.

They are going to be the last Pioneers of the USSR. Nowadays in their 30’s, they are facing another reality with no place for heroic deeds.


Russia  2015  115mn  2.39:1  5.1  Russian  1st Feature Film

written by

Natalya Kudryashova

Original title


Produced by

CTB Film Company


Natalya Kudryashova (Olga), Daria Moroz (Katya), Aleksei Mitin (Andrei), Varya Shablakova (little Olga)

Festivals & Awards

  • Les Arcs – Best Work In Progress
  • Berlinale Panorama 2015- World Premiere
  • KinoPavasaris, Vilnius, Lithuania 2015 – Competition
  • Cinepolitica, Romania
  • Seattle, USA
  • Cluj-Transilvania, Romania
  • Kinotavr, Russia – Diploma of the Guild of film critics and scholars
  • Karlovy Vary- Another view, Czech Republic
  • Palic, Serbia
  • Melbourne, Panorama, Australia
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Women make Waves, Taiwan
  • Eastern Neighbors, Holland
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Antalya – Golden Orange – Special mention Award
  • Hamburg, Germany, Cinemathek
  • Chennai, India – Panorama
  • Wurzburg, Germany
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Women Festival, Turkey
  • Flying Broom – Ankara, Turkey
  • Teplice, Slovakia

Press Quotes

“A poignant and funny film” – Dog and Wolf

„A visually stunning fantasy about the loss of orientation and the new artificial worlds of post-socialist life.” Berliner Zeitung

« absolute faith in the flag is quietly devastating »- Ex-Berliner “with impressive fluency and makes her point succintly” Ex-Berliner

„A lot of things in this beautiful film live from the contrast between the times.“ Tagesspiegel