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In Russia's remote Yakutia region, the film industry is booming, despite shooting schedules being restricted by some of the coldest winters on Earth and directors blaming "spirits" for disturbing the production crew. Six time zones away from the country's film schools and without state funding for its filmmakers, the region nonetheless produces half of all Russian movies made outside Moscow and Saint Petersburg.When the director came back to Yakutia, a vast territory that is home to fewer than a million people, the local industry consisted of two cameramen.Romanov estimated an average local movie budget to be between $40,000 and $80,000 .Last year, a Yakutian film "The Lord Eagle," about an elderly couple living with an eagle in the forest, received the top prize at the Moscow Film Festival.South Korea's Busan Film Festival in 2017 showed a dozen Yakutia productions in a special retrospective, praising their unique cinematic style.Though shot in Yakutia, the film was made by Bulgarian writer-director Milko Lazarov.
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