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I Love You

Pavel Kostomarov, Alexandr Rastorguev
Ya tebya lyublyu
Russia 2011 / 81’

Just like in I Don’t Love You, Rastorguev and Kostomarov put the entire film in amateurs’ hands, giving them a camera and setting free their creativity. Young Russians film the issues hurting, afflicting, interesting, stimulating them and those that capture their attention. They instinctively go after their emotions, in spite of sense, cohesion, consequences or purpose of the search. The whole is, however, interweaved by a strong leitmotif: love. The characters try to capture it in the moments of affection but also in spontaneous outbursts of aggression triggered by concern of a friend. It’s love that meanders through various stories, occluding the awkward, raw form of film expression and create dramatic tensions of moments chosen by the characters.

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 Pavel Kostomarov, Alexandr Rastorguev
cinematography Pavel Kostomarov, Alexandr Rastorguev
sound Georgiy Ermolenko
cast Vladislav Kuzmenko, Stanislav Cherkasov, Alexandr Glotov, Evgeniy Barabashev
producer Alexandr Rodnyanskiy, Sergey Melkumov
production Non-Stop Productions
sales Marx Film
language Russian
colouration colour