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Daniil Znichenko
Russia 2012 / 36’

What links a melancholic loner, two men who have been beaten-up, and a pair of accidental travellers? At first glance, nothing. Each of them comes from a distinct, separate environment, each is taking a path in life that they themselves have chosen, and each interacts indifferently with their surroundings. A second glance, unfortunately, confirms this group’s incompatibility. Apart from the fact that these people are living in the same country, they have nothing in common. They talk about different things, they experience different problems, they have different fears. However, it is they who are picked out from the crowd by a secret observer, who, throughout the whole film, observes and comments on the daily life of these people with a mixture of interest, disbelief and a lack of understanding. Who is he and why is he trying to penetrate the secrets of humanity using these unfortunately chosen individuals?

Urszula Lipińska

Daniil Znichenko

Born in 1984 in Tyumen, since 2005, Zinchenko has been associated with the Russian video-art scene. In 2012, he graduated from the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. He is a member of the group VIDIOT and one of the founders of the collective VVERH! Various projects of his have been shown at festivals and in galleries the world over.

Selected filmography

2005 Derevnya i Dachnik / The Village and the Cottager (short)

2007 Nebulosity (short)

2011 165 (short)

2012 Horyzont / Gorizont / Horizon (short)

2013 Sni partizana Grishi / Partisan Grisha's Dreams (short)

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Daniil Znichenko
screenplay Daniil Zinchenko
cinematography Vika Chupahina, Dima Venkov, Nikita Pavlov
editing Daniil Zinchenko
music Daniil Zinchenko
cast Masha Malakhova, Polina Kanis, Anton Kurishev, Alexandr Lobanov, Vasiliy Klenov, Petr Joukov, Grisha Selskiy, Beata Bubenec, Mikhail Zaikanov, Yuriy Mihelson
producer Daniil Zinchenko
production UPWARD Community, The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia
sales Daniil Zinchenko
language Russian
colouration colour