Scene from the film Wednesday 19. 07. 1961
Scene from the film Wednesday 19. 07. 1961

Wednesday 19. 07. 1961

  • Russia
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The starting point of SREDA (WEDNESDAY) is rather bizarre. For one year Victor Kossakovsky searched obsessively for inhabitants of St. Petersburg who were born on Wednesday 19 July 1961, his own birthday, in former Leningrad. Fifty-one women and fifty men fitted the profile. In the course of time a few of these 101 people had died, others had moved to another community or abroad. But in 1995 Kossakovsky managed to capture on film all seventy remaining residents, in the street, at work or simply at home. While doing so he spent time with doctors and patients, entertainers and businessmen, construction workers and homeless people. In his unorthodox style Kossakovsky has produced a beautiful profile of people in their thirties in St. Petersburg.

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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Victor Kossakovsky
  • DOP
    Victor Kossakovsky
  • Editing
    Victor Kossakovsky
  • Music
    Alexander Popov
  • Sound
    Leonid Lerner
  • Duration
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Russia
  • Production
  • Awards
    • Berlin International Film Festival – Panorama. FIPRESCI Prize
    • “Message to Man” Int. Film Festival, St. Petersburg – Ecumenical Jury Award
    • Edinburgh International Film Festival 1997, Best Documentary (Observer Prize)
    • Jekatarinenburg Film Festival 1997, Critics Prize, Award of Professional Championship
    • Critics’ prize at Buborg FF
    • Balticum Film Festival, Bornholm 1997, First Prize
    • Vyborg Festival of Russian Film 1997, Russian Critics Award
    • Hononary mention in Karlovy Vary IFF
    • “Nika” – Russian Film Academy Award 1998
    • “Triumph” Russian Independent Prize for Achievment in Art 1998 – an Achievement Award for the Outstanding input in Russian Art
    • Russian State Order for Achievements in Art 1994 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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