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Andrey Silvestrov
Russia 2009 / 64’

Contemporary Moscow. Accidental passers-by stop in front of a camera. They introduce themselves with pleasure, talk about their professions, living places, hobbies, ages, weights, even hip or bust sizes. Some of them relate their past lives, others confide their desires and dreams. Some feel a bit uneasy in the camera’s presence, others are in their element and try to put their best foot forward. Each has a few seconds, a once-in-a-lifetimes shot, to draw our attention. All want to be exceptional and stand out among the grey Russian masses. It is not easy, especially when the director intercuts the documentary shots with scenes by professional actors, intensifying the absurdity of the on-screen situation.

Urszula Lipińska


Syracuse IFF 2012 – Best Experimental

Andrey Silvestrov

Andrey Silvestrov was born in 1972 in Moscow. He graduated with a degree in Art History from the Russian State University for the Humanities and Workshop of Individual Directors, specializing in Film and Theatrical Directing. He has been working as an independent director and producer since 1993, producing over 20 short films, documentaries and video projects. He is the founder of the Mu-Seum art collective and is co-founder and artistic director of the Cine Fantom Club. His films have screened at festivals in New York, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Edinburgh, Vienna and Brussels.

Selected filmography

2006 Honorable Brother (co-dir., short)

2006 Wołga, Wołga / Volga – Volga (co-dir.)

2009 Birmingham Ornament (co-dir., short)

2009 Mózg / Mozg / Brain

2010 Birmingham Ornament (Fragments 37, 38, 43, 44) (co-dir., short)

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Andrey Silvestrov
screenplay Vasiliy Portyak, Andrey Silvestrov
cinematography Andrey Silvestrov
editing Andrey Silvestrov
music Iraida Yusupova
cast Gaya Arutunyan, Andrey Iryshkov, Vyacheslav Mizin, Tamara Sagaydak
producer Andrey Silvestrov, Gleb Aleynikov
production Cine Fantom Club
sales Cine Fantom Club
language Russian
colouration colour