Victor Kossakovsky (Russia)

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.


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

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