An original portrait of young people in Russia, mostly amateurs who received cameras from the directors and help in filming their own life stories. A mosaic of everyday situations with unexpected camera angles revealing characters’ ordinary but also hidden lives. Pavel Kostomarov and Alexander Rastorguev join forces in this modern experiment, in search of a new cinema language and new methods. There are three stories of three young male friends from Rostov-on-Don. The authors were chosen from fifty open-minded non-professionals who would not be scared to use a camera themselves and who could record their own lives while being totally natural.
CAST & CREW
Sergei Melkumov, Aleksandr Rodnyansky
Pavel Kostomarov, Sousanna Baranzhieva
Pavel Kostomarov, Aleksandr Rastorguev
Tatyana Kulish, Manushak Vartevaryan, Larisa Cherkasova, David Surmalyan, Evgeniy Karlo
Born 1975, Moscow. Graduated from the VGIK’s Cinematography Faculty in 2002. He worked as a cinematographer with directors like V. Aslyuk, A. Uchitel, S. Loznitsa, A. Popogrebsky. Since 2004 he works as a director himself. Three of his documentaries participated in Golden Apricot IFF. His Together won the Best Docomentary Award of Golden Apricot in 2010. Among his awards are the Best Movie (Tampere International Short FF, 2004), Silver Dragon for the Best Documentary (Cracow FF, 2005), the Best East Europe Movie (International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, 2007), and Silver Bear for his camerawork in How I Ended This Summer by A. Popogrebsky (Berlin IFF, 2010).
Tramsformator (2003), Peaceful Life (2004), La Mere (2007), Together (2009), I Love You (2011)
Born 1971, Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Graduated from the St Petersburg Academy of Theatre Art (LGITMiK) in 1998. He worked as a TV-director and theater dramatist. He founded the Kino Studio in 2001. Among his awards are the Best East Europe Movie (The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, 2003), Grand Prix (Cinema du reel International Festival of Documentary Films, 2004), Jury Prize (International Documentary FF, Amsterdam, 2006).
Mummies (2001), Clean Thursday (2003), Tenders’ Hit: Wild, Wild Beach (2006), I Love You (2011)