Grey Violet - Odd One Out

Reetta Aalto, 54 min, Finland.

Russia’s current patriotic bluster and turn to ultra conservative values have driven many of its citizens to flee abroad. Grey Violet (not he or she, but ze) is a mathematician by profession, an activist by heart and one of those who has had to leave Russia for fear of imprisonment. In Moscow, ze has become a target of various neo-conservative groups and has even been singled out by President Putin himself. Now ze is in Finland seeking asylum.

Left behind in Moscow is Grey Violet’s mother Svetlana, worrying about her son’s future and thinking back over how things culminated to such a serious state. Throughout the years she has tried her best to accept and protect her eccentric and radical son. Apart from one another, they each have to find their own way to cope with this situation which was forced upon them.