LFF ’18: “The camera is a gun” – An Interview with Viktor Kossakovsky on Aquarela.

“In aquarela, in watercolours, there is no sharp border between one colour and another, it’s diffusing. ” – director Viktor Kossakovsky tells me as we discuss the edit of his latest piece Aquarela – a transfixing observational experience of water and its unpredictable, ever-changing nature. Although other filmmakers have previously experimented conducted frame speed experiments, with results […]

Zvyagintsev returns: Russia’s foremost director on his new film Loveless, critics and creativity

The Calvert Journal, October 2017 “Leviathan director Andrey Zvyagintsev is back with his fifth feature, Loveless — the story of a bitter divorce and its tragic effects on a young boy. The Calvert Journalcaught up with the director ahead of the film’s UK première last weekend at the BFI London Film Festival” Read More

Yuri Bykov

Yuri Bykov was born in 1981 to a working-class family in the town of Novomichurinsk. In 2005 he graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, where he studied acting. Yuri had a number of jobs prior to graduation, including a loader and an engine driver. He never studied film directing but was close friends […]

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

Serbia/France/Germany, 2013 dir. Marta Popivoda Compiled from documentary archival footage from 1945 to 2000, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body is a research-based essay film that offers a very personal perspective on the history of socialist Yugoslavia, the collapse of the socialist state and its transformation into democratic nation states. The film focuses on […]

Yevgen Nikiforov 

DECOMMUNISED (2013-) ‘Decommunised’ is a photographic project exploring the aftermath of the so-called “decommunisation” law passed by the Ukrainian Parliament in 2015 that condemned “the totalitarian Communist and Nazi regimes” and banned all related symbols and propaganda.This meant that all USSR-related imagery and Socialist Realist artwork around the country was to be demolished. In this […]

Da i Da (Yes and Yes)

Russia, 2014 dir. Valeriya Gai Germanika Sasha is a young, non-conformist elementary school teacher from the moscow suburbs who lives with her conservative and hostile family.  Soon, she meets Antonin – a young and troubled artist, and escapes her home to live with him. Antonin introduces Sasha to an art world of a surrealist dimension. […]

Yelizaveta Smith

Yelizaveta Smith was born in 1990 in Odessa, Ukraine. She graduated with a degree in film directing from the Kiev National Theatre, Cinema and Television University in 2014. Her short films have screened at several Ukrainian festivals and she has participated in international workshops and projects. One focus of her work is documentary theatre. In 2016 she […]

Women of The Gulag + Screentalk with director Marianna Yarovskaya

A collection of unique and candid interviews with women who survived Stalin’s repression in the 1930s. Marianna Yarovskaya’s documentary tells the compelling and tragic stories of six female survivors of the Gulag. It was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary – Short Subject. While Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago largely tells of the men caught in Stalin’s camps and […]

We Are Never Alone

Czech Republic/France, 2016 dir. Petr Vaclav In a non-descript small Czech town, a handful of people come together: a paranoid and rage-filled prison guard, his hypochondriac neighbour and the latter’s silent, despairing wife, a lovesick nightclub manager, and a stripper who is a single mom. Their encounters soon weave into a drama of explosive proportions […]