Elephant is an unforgettable journey into the backstage world of the circus, where human and animal emotions intertwine! The movie’s characters set out on a fascinating adventure full of unexpected encounters and discoveries. Fate brought them together on purpose, and together they will go through disappointment and hope, sorrow and joy, doubt and faith, and only the Elephant will help reveal the truth! This kind and touching story won’t leave anyone indifferent — neither children, not adults!

Release Date 4 October,
Genre Road Movie
Running time 87 minutes
Production Telesto production company in connection with ROCK Films and with support of the Ministry of Culture
Director Vladimir Karabanov
Scriptwriters Alexander Dorbinyan,
Vladimir Karabanov
Director of Photography Ruslan Gerasimenkov
Art Director Igor Kotsarev
Composer Sergey Ahunov
Producers Yaroslav Zhivov,
Elena Glikman,
Alexey Uchitel
Starring Sergey Shnurov,
Anastasia Bagrova,
Alexander Adabashyan,
Ivan Zhidkov,
Irina Shevchuk,
Yuri Sherstnev and others.

The circus is underway. But backstage there is a commotion: the crowd favourite elephant Bodhi is ill. The circus management decided to euthanise the elephant. In the morning a trailer comes. However, instead of a fatal trip, Bodhi together with the trailer driver Zarezin and the cute circus girl Bonnie sets of on a wonderful journey full of adventures, chases, plot twists and joyful meetings…



Vladimir Karabanov, director

This is a parable of the Miracle that hangs around people and which nobody wants. This is not a

Film on festivals


«Leaf Fall» International Film Festival in Minsk

«Reflection» Moscow Open Youth Films Festival

«Smile, Russia» Open Russian Comedy Film Festival

«Spirit of Fire» International Festival of Cinematographic Debuts

«Golden Roof» International Theatre and Film Festival in Yaroslavl


Kinoshock Open Film Festival of the CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia
GRAND PRIX at the children’s feature films festival «KinoMalyShock»

St. Petersburg Children’s Charity Film Festival
Diploma «For the best film in competitive program»

Moscow National Film Festival «The Moscow Premiere»
«Family Jury» prize for the best «adult» role of Anastasia Bagrova (Smetanina)

International festival of the Young European Cinema «VOICES»

Russian visual arts festival «Orlyonok»
GRAND PRIX in the «Cinematography» category; diploma «For the Best Female Role», diploma «For the Best Camerawork»

Open St. Anna Student and Debut Film Festival


Cairo International Film Festival

Honfleur Russian Film Festival

Tokyo International Film Festival

Warsaw International Film Festival

International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries in Vladivostok «Pacific Meridian»
Special Yul Brynner award for the best female role was granted to actress Anastasia Bagrova (Smetanina)

Open Russian Film Festival «Kinotavr»