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Galina Myznikova, Sergey Provorov
Russia 2011 / 40’

The sea cliff in Galina Myznikova’s and Sergey Provorov’s film looks like a desert – just like in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point.  Here, however, it is not a love valley, but rather a death coast. A group of figures slides down from an almost vertical escarpment, lugging a numb body covered in a sheet. The rhythm of movements – once fluid, once crippled, akin to Pina Bausch choreography, is driven by wild, exaggerated music. They roam towards the sea along a roundabout, although it seems not to be their final destination. The longer we accompany the characters in their journey, the more we confirm our belief that there is no destination. There is only a road – long, reckless, and destructive, a road as demanding as it is lacking in any sense.

Urszula Lipińska

Galina Myznikova, Sergey Provorov

Galina Myznikova and Sergey Provorov are Russian directors from Nizhny Novgorod (earlier known as Gorky). Galina Myznikova was born in 1968, while Sergey Provorov in 1970, and since 1998 – as PROVMYZA – they have cooperated on various artistic projects, making several dozens of works in video art, opera, installation, photography and film. Their short films were shown at numerous international festivals, for instance in the Netherlands, Italy, France and Brazil. The opera Marevo, co-directed by Myznikova and Provorov, received the Innovation Prize 2012 during the 8th All-Russian Competition in Contemporary Visual Art. They both live in Nizhny Novgorod.

Selected filmography

2005 Wet Table (co-dir., short)

2006 Skolzkaya gora / The Slippery Mountain (co-dir., short)

2007 Fugue (co-dir., short)

2008 Rozpacz / Otchayaniye / Despair (co-dir., short)

2010 Voodshevlenie / Inspiration (co-dir., short)

2011 Kołysanka / Kolybel’naya / Lullaby (co-dir., short)

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Galina Myznikova, Sergey Provorov
screenplay Galina Myznikova, Sergey Provorov
cinematography Andrey Skvorzov, Sergey Provorov
editing Olga Shaydulina
music Olga Shaydulina
sound Sergey Provorov
cast A. Tolkachiova, A. Inkin, A. Tatarov, D. Korytov
producer Anna Gor
production PROVMYZA
language no dialogues
colouration colour