Artem & Eva
Eva is actually Julia and Artem is still the same Artem in this modern, bold, and intimate real-life love story. Yulia and Artem grew up as a faithful loving couple since their early school years in industrial Siberian Omsk. After graduating, they moved to Moscow with plenty of bright hopes and plans for their future together. Law student Artem convinces gorgeous wannabe journalist Julia to shoot homemade sex videos and upload their private content to PornHub. Quick cash is necessary to survive in a big expensive city. Their amateur scenes capture the unexpected attention of influential American porn industry producers. Julia and Artem are invited to Los Angeles, where Julia is advised to change her name. That’s how she becomes Eva Elfie. Currently one of the most watched and downloaded porn stars.
Long-desired fame knocks on their doors too fast and radically changes the couple's relationship dynamic. They still keep their promise to only appear in porn films together and not to betray each other with hired partners for bigger money. But even broken hearts and tears of a disillusioned American dream can’t stop Eva’s selfish addiction to exposing her body more often and vividly. Jealous Artem hides the new immoral profession from unsuspecting parents and starts to doubt if he chose the correct path. For the first time, Eva goes to Los Angeles alone to seek freedom and more attention. Can long-term love survive such a challenge when their intimacy and passion are sold to thousands of unknown observers?
Developed at Sunny Side of the Doc and Baltic Docs, the non-judgmental documentary premiered at Artdocfest 2023 in Riga which was organised and curated by Vitaly Mansky.