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I Don’t Love You

Pavel Kostomarov, Alexandr Rastorguev
Ya tebya ne lyublyu
Russia, Estonia 2012 / 84’

It’s as if Ingmar Bergman made his films in the YouTube era, someone once wrote about films by Kostomarov/Rastorguev. Love is portrayed here every bit as genuinely as in works by the Swedish master who did not shun from recording lover’s quarrels, mutual grudges, sudden break-ups and painful reunions. In I Don’t Love You Bergman is replaced by Vika a young girl from impoverished suburbs, want of affection. First, she dumps her boyfriend and finds herself in the arms of another. After all, her T-shirt says, Girls are nice, but I’m a Goddess. While conquering men’s hearts proves easy, emotional stability remains out of reach and hateful hollers outpace tender whispers.

Urszula Lipińska

Pavel Kostomarov

Pavel Kostomarov was born in 1975 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 2002 and spent many years working mainly as a cinematographer including on Alexey Uchitel’s The Stroll (2003), Alexandr Rastoguev’s Tender’s Heat: Wild Wild Beach (2006) and Alexey Popogrebsky’s Simple Things (2007). He received the Golden Bear in Berlin for his second collaboration with Popogrebsky, How I Ended This Summer (2010). Co-author of the Realnost’ online documentary project www.nowehoryzonty.pl/realnost.

Selected filmography

2003 Transformator / Transformer (co-dir., doc., short)

2004 Mirnaya zhizn / Peaceful Life (co-dir., doc., short)

2007 La mère / Mother (co-dir., doc.)

2011 Kocham cię / Ya tebya lyublyu / I Love You (co-dir., doc.)

2012 Nie kocham cię / Ya tebya ne lyublyu / I Don’t Love You (co-dir.)

Alexandr Rastorguev

Alexandr Rastorguev was born in 1971 in Rostov-on-Don. He graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema in 1998 and then began his career as a television director and theatrical playwright. He is a member of the Russian Television Academy. His most popular film is the award-winning documentary Tender’s Heat: Wild Wild Beach (2006). Co-author of the Realnost’ online documentary project www.nowehoryzonty.pl/realnost.

Selected filmography

2001 Mamuśki / Mamochki / Mummies (doc.)

2003 Chistyy chetverg / Clean Thursday (doc.)

2006 Dzika plaża / Zhar nezhnykh. Dikiy, dikiy plyazh / Tender’s Heat: Wild Wild Beach (co-dir., doc.)

2011 Kocham cię / Ya tebya lyublyu / I Love You (co-dir., doc.)

2012 Nie kocham cię / Ya tebya ne lyublyu / I Don’t Love You (co-dir.)

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

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Cast & Crew

director Pavel Kostomarov, Alexandr Rastorguev
screenplay Susanna Baranzhieva
cinematography Viktoria Shevtsova
editing Pavel Kostomarov, Alexandr Rastorguev
sound Georgiy Ermolenko
cast Viktoria Shevtsova, Evgeniy Borisov, Artem Sotnikov
producer Pavel Kostomarov, Alexandr Rastorguev, Andrey Sigle, Pavel Pechenkin, Vladimir Sokolov
production Lenfilm Producers Centre, Proline Cinema, Noviy Kurs, Marx Film
sales Marx Film
language Russian
colouration colour