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Alexandr Rastorguev
Russia 2001 / 46’

In this documentary by Alexandr Rastorguev you can find the roots of his later films I Love You and I Don’t Love You. No matter where you look, there is the same gloomy reality, poverty and lack of prospects. In Mummies you have to wait a lot longer for the rays of hope and lightness apparent in the director’s other documentaries. Despite everything, Rastorguev does not lose heart. Like a determined detective, he continues searching for traces of beauty in a grey world, although the people portrayed in his film are in a living hell. And it’s not to be found just in the countryside, but frequently in their own homes as well: filled with demons of the past, with a sense of indifference, suffering and hatred, lacking any solid foundations based on family love and trust.

Urszula Lipińska

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

Cast & Crew

director Alexandr Rastorguev
screenplay Susanna Baranzhieva
cinematography Antoine Kechendzhiyan
sound Pavel Karmanov
producer Alexandr Rastorguev
production RTR
sales Vitaliy Mansky
source of print Alexandr Rastorguev
language Russian
colouration colour