The Zimov Hypotesis

Cannes Docs

Project curated by: Cinema For Change

The Zimov Hypotesis

Original title: L'Hypothèse de Zimov

Directed by: Denis Sneguirev

Produced by: Caroline Roussel (Arturo Mio, France), Cyrille Perez (13 Productions, France), Alon Knoll (Take Five, Belgique), Vladislav Ketkovich (Ethnofund, Russia)

Country of production: France, Belgium, Russia

Runtime: 90', 52'

Expected release: November 2021

Production stage: Post production

Budget: 750 000€

Budget in place: 80%

Looking for: Fundations, Private Funds, TV Presales


Two scientists, Sergei Zimov and his son Nikita, have taken on a mission to save the world from global warming.
How? By attempting to repopulate the Siberian taiga with species long since disappeared.
Back to the Ice Age, and Welcome to Pleistocene Park.

Director’s profile:

Denis Sneguirev was born in Nijni Novgorod in 1976. Since 1998 he lives and works in France. For the last 15 years he has made documentary films in collaboration with french and german tv stations (Arte, ZDF, France TV) as well as independently (Between the Bear and the Wolf, awarded at Visions du Réel 2008). The range of the topics he’s working on goes from underground culture to political or ecological issues. He particularly favours strong, controversial characters who bring messages of hope. Notorious films : MADA UNDERGROUND, 52′, 2016 – awards: Silver Medal of the best documentary – Prix Harambee of the best documentary about Africa – festivals:FIPA (Biarritz-France), Sheffield Intl Doc Festival (UK), FIFA (Montréal Canada), Festival international de Saint-Louis (Sénégal), Ethnografilm Festival (France)

Producer’s profile:

Caroline Roussel
ARTURO MIO is an independent production company created in 2000 by Caroline Roussel. The company counts today more than 50 documentaries, 4 feature films and numerous original productions, short films, web series. Every year the films produced by Arturo Mio are selected in the main international festivals and rewarded. Berlinale, Locarno Festival, Sheffield Doc Fest, etc. The films produced by Arturo Mio marry creative originality and the ambition to reach large audiences.

Cyrille et Gilles Perez
13 PRODUCTIONS: Prix Producteur Procirep, primés dans de nombreux festivals, nous produisons près de 20 documentaires par an, des magazines pour la télévision, des fictions et des longs métrages, et nous exploitons un catalogue riche de 400 œuvres.

Alon Knoll
TAKE FIVE is the result of a close collaboration between two film enthusiasts, Alon Knoll and Gregory Zalcman. Over time, Take Five has expanded its spectrum, between documentaries, short films and feature films, our aim is to produce films offering an original point of view, a strong narrative and artistic approach.

Vladislav Ketkovich
ETHNOFUND (RUSSIA) was established in 2000 and has produced more than 20 documentaries, mainly international coproductions.We won number of prizes at different IFFs including MDR Award for Best East European film at DokLeipzig.