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Pavel Kostomarov



After earning his first degree in biology, Kostomarov graduated from VGIK’s Cinematography Department in 2002. In 2005 he studied at the European Discovery Campus, and then in 2006 at BBC’s London office. As a DoP, Kostomarov shot features with Sergei Loznitsa, AlekseiUchitel, Aleksei Popogrebsky, and Boris Khlebnikov. Beginning in 2003, Pavel worked as a director and cinematographer on his own projects. In 2010 Kostomarov received the Berlinale’s Silver Bear “For Outstanding Artistic Achievement”. His director’s filmography includes: I Don’t Love You (Warsaw IFF, 2012, Kyiv IFF, 2012, Minsk IFF, 2012, East Silver Market, Best Documentary nomination, 2012, Tromsø IFF, 2013), I Love You (premiered in Rotterdam IFF in 2011), Together (Grand Prize at Vyborg FF and Golden Apricot IFF in Yerevan, Armenia), The Mother (Best East European Film Award at DOK Leipzig 2007), Life in Peace (Silver Dove atDOK Leipzig 2004), The Transformer (Best Documentary at Tampere International Short Film Festival, Best Film Award and Public Award at Cellul’Art 2004). His latest film directed by Pivovarov/ Kostomarov/ Rastorguev, The Term, premiered in Karlovy Vary in 2014, and the last producers' work by Kostomarov/Rastorguev, Kiev/Moscow. Part 1 (directed by Elena Khoreva), premiered in Locarno in 2015.

THE TERM (with Alexey Pivovarov and Alexander Rastorguev), Estonia/Russia, 2014, 52', documentary
PLAYBACK (with Antoine Cattin), Switzerland/ Russia, 2012, 66’, documentary
I DON’T LOVE YOU (with Aleksandr Rastorguev), Russia, 2012, 85’, documentary/fiction/experimental
I LOVE YOU (with Aleksandr Rastorguev), Russia, 2011, 80’, documentary/fiction/experimental
TOGETHER, Russia, 2009, 48’, documentary
THE MOTHER (with Antoine Cattin), Russia / Switzerland, 2007, 80’, documentary
LIFE IN PEACE (with Antoine Cattin), Russia / Switzerland, 2004, 45’, documentary
THE TRANSFORMER (with Antoine Cattin), Russia / Switzerland, 2004, 16’, documentary


I Don't Love You

Ya tebya ne lyublyu (Orig.) / 2012 / Russia / 85 min

A youth comedy about the tragedy of first love. An experiment in the area of the cinematic language. REC, accidentally pressed in the middle of a fight. A few bedroom scenes, shot with a home camera. Cries and whispers from the working outskirts. The audience of the film is both Bergman fans and YouTube users.


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Living In Peace

Mirnaja žizň (Orig.) / 2004 / Russia / 52 min

As of December 11, 1994, the war in Chechnya continued. Sultan's wife was killed and their home was plundered. The husband and the son flee to the Russian countryside, where they are trying to start a new life...



The Term

Srok (Orig.) / 2014 / Estonia, Russia / 52 min

This documentary project was conceived in May 2012, when Putin had just settled into the Kremlin for his third term. The original experimental format of “documentary bulletins,” which were published daily online, allowed for wide-ranging content; the feature film focused solely on the members of various opposition groups...



Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

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- 26.9.2016 -

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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- 12.9.2016 -

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

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- 8.8.2016 -

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