Lost children

About the project

Title: Lost children
Title in Russian: КАЗЁННЫЕ ДЕТИ
Production company: Artvideo
Country of production: Russia
Year of Production: 2014
Production stage: post-production
Duration: 90 min.
Planned premiere: 07.2014

Film crew

Scriptwriter: Gayane Petrosyan
Film director: Olga Arlauskas, Nikita Tikhonov-Rau
Producer: Nikita Tikhonov-Rau
Director of photography: Olga Arlauskas, Nikita Tikhonov-Rau


Russia. The day that Dima Yakovlev’s Law banning American adoptions was signed, Russian people suddenly discovered that something desperating was happening.


This documentary deals with those children who have lost their way, both physically and morally. They are lost because of the age they are living, they are lost in the streets of big cities, and they are ‘hopeless cases’ because of the society that surrounds them, children who have lost hope…
Some of them have been thrown in the garbage, others have become ‘wild animals’ (they have lost the ability to talk or to walk); sometimes they are even forced to prostitute by their parents.
This is the story of a boy who has grown up in the orphanage; he dreams of finding his parents and making them regret abandoning him. After studying and working for many years he becomes a successful man. When he finds his parents, he discovers they are sick and low. Now it is his parents who ask him for help and not to abandon them.


About the film director Olga Arlauskas, Nikita Tikhonov-Rau:


Olga Arlauskas She was born on July 18, 1981 in Moscow.


In 1991 she moved to Spain, where she successfully completed her studies at the Faculty of Audiovisual Communication at the University of the Basque Country.


In 2004 she got a grant from Spanish government to study filmmaking and moved back to Russia. In 2006 she graduated as a documentary filmmaker from VKSR (Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors).


Since then she’d been working for Channel One Russia, Channel Kultura, Russia Today (Spanish version) and made nearly 20 documentary films in all possible doc genres from intimate doc portaits to prime-time TV-blockbusters.


In 2011 together with Nikita Tikhonov-Rau she founded a production company Artvideo Studio Ltd., based both in Russia and Spain and specializing in creative documentary projects and TV-production.


Olga Arlauskas has been awarded by mostly all Russian (LAVR, ARTDOCFEST, STALKER etc) and some prestigious international Film Festivals (United Nations Film Festival in New York, V Russian Film Festival in New York etc) for her award-winning project «Labels» (26 min, 2011) Member of the Russian Documentay Guild.

About the Producer Nikita Tikhonov-Rau:


Nikita Tikhonov-Rau was born in Moscow in August 1980.


In 2003 he became a specialist in International Copyright and in 2006 he graduated from Higher Courses of Directors and Screenwriters (Moscow, Russia).


Having worked for television for 7 years he made a lot of documentaries. Among them mostly films, balancing on scientific, religious and philosophic topics, which the author himself calls "Documentary Blockbusters".


In 2011 together with Olga Arlauskas (his wife and co-producer) he founded a production company Artvideo Studio Ltd., based in Russia and Spain, specializing in TV-production and social issues creative film production.


In 2012 he became the vice-president of The Russian Guild of Documentary and TV (www.rgdoc.ru), managing documentary film distribution and non-commercial doc club releases in Russia.

About production company Artvideo:
The film production company ARTVIDEO STUDIO was established in Russia in 2010 and in Spain in 2012.
The main goal of our company is to make documentaries that touch the right chord with audience, honest and provocative documentaries. On the one hand, we are specialists in large film productions, and on the other, we use cinema as a social tool. We always choose the most interesting and red-hot issues. Our projects make impression both on general people and on the most demanding experts on cinema.
Our documentaries get the audience caught in the first minute. With our documentaries, we achieve good levels of rating, cinemas are packed, we win awards in festivals and we instil interest in the cultural life.
We believe strongly the documentary cinema can impact the viewers' perspectives, making them reflect about new ideas otherwise unknown to them.

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