On the edge of the Caspian Sea, Elza and her shady fisherman husband Dzhiga are carving out a life together ­– but Elza is dreaming of escaping to the city beyond her tiny snowbound town, where superstition has as much weight as science.

While he is at work, she plans to be gone by the time he gets home, but she is too timid to go through with it. And then one day, he doesn’t come home at all, and she unexpectedly has been gifted with the power to change her life.

A feature debut from young writer-director Ella Manzheeva, featuring the affecting performance by international fashion model Eugeniya Mandzhieva, The Gulls is also the first film to be shot in the Republic of Kalmykia in 25 years.