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Kossakovsky

Victor Kossakovsky

Russia

Biography

Viktor Aleksandrovich Kossakovsky (born 1961 in Leningrad) is a Russian filmmaker. He began his career in motion pictures at the Leningrad studio of Documentaries as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor in 1978. In many of his films, Kossakovsky plays the role of editor, cinematographer, writer, and director. He graduated from the Higher Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow in 1988. In 1993, his first feature Belovy (The Belovs) won both the VPRO Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

Other awards include the Special Jury Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam for Pavel i Lyalya in 1999, the Documentary Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival for Sreda (Wednesday), the Award of Honor at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for Sreda, the Dok Leipzig 'Findling' award for Pavel i Lyalya, the True Vision Award at the 2012 True/False Film Festival and the Genziana d'Oro – Gran Premio Città di Trento at the 60th Trento Film Festival (2012) for Vivan Las Antípodas.

He has begun his own film production company in St. Petersburg, Kossakovsky Film Production, with the objective of creating a cinema of poetics and reality.


Filmography:
DisplAir (short, 2012)
Long Live the Antipodes! /¡Vivan las Antipodas! (2011)
Svyato (short) / (2005)
Russia from my Window / Россия из моего окна (2003)
Hush /Тише!/Tishe! (2002)
I Loved You / Я любил тебя (2003)
Pavel i Lyala / Павел и Ляля (1998)
Wednesday 07.19.61 (short)/Среда 19.07.61 (1999)
The Belovs /Belovy/Беловы (1993)

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Hush!

Tishe! (Orig.) / 2002 / Russia / 80 min

From his apartment window in St. Petersburg, filmmaker Victor Kossakowsky has made a documentary, which he himself describes as a comedy. During one year of endless repairs for the 300th anniversary of the city, he filmed a few square meters of a St. Petersburg street...

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Losev

Losev (Orig.) / 1989 / Russia / 56 min

It was one of his mentors who once told Kossakovsky, "There are two types of intelligent people; some say what they know, while others think while they speak, in order to try and say something they did not know yet, something that suggests itself in them."...

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Masterclass - Victor Kossakovsky

Master Class Victor Kossakovsky (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic, Russia / 111 min

Victor Kossakovsky introduced himself in the role of a lecturer on January 23 in Světozor Cinema. He introduced his film work, selecting important moments he commented on, and explained how he approaches the film documentary not only from the position of a director but also from the perspective of a screenwriter, cameraman and editor.

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Pavel & Lyalya

Pavel i Lyalya (Orig.) / 1998 / Russia / 34 min

An elderly man is on his deathbed. It is the Russian filmmaker Pavel Kogan. He lives together with his wife Lyalya, also a filmmaker, in Jerusalem. Old friends from Russia, paying them a visit, are making a film about them. The atmosphere is relaxed and homely...

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Svyato

Svyato (Orig.) / 2005 / Russia / 33 min

Svyato opens with a quotation from an old legend: “But then everything changed on the day that man first saw his own reflection.” In Russian, “svyato” means both “happy, clear and joyful” as well as “considered holy.” But Svyato is also the short form of Svyatoslav and the nickname of Victor Kossakovsky’s son...

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The Belovs

Belovy (Orig.) / 1992 / Russia / 58 min

It is all very uncomplicated. Anna Feodorovna Belova lives in a small village. She is twice a widow and now lives together with her brother Michail Feodorovich. Sometimes two other brothers, Vasily and Sergei Feodorovich come to visit them...

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¡Vivan las Antipodas! / CS version

¡Vivan las Antipodas! / CS version (Orig.) / 2011 / Argentina, Chile, Germany, Netherlands / 104 min

What would be the shortest route between Entre Rios in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth's surface...

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¡Vivan las Antipodas! / EN version

¡Vivan las Antipodas! / EN version (Orig.) / 2011 / Argentina, Chile, Germany, Netherlands / 104 min

What would be the shortest route between Entre Rios in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth's surface...

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