About the film director Askold Kurov
Born in Uzbekistan, Askold has been living in Russia since 1991. He majored in Philology, Theatrical and Theological Studies. Before studying documentary filmmaking, he worked for 8 years as a package designer. In 2010, Askold graduated from Moscow’s Marina Razbezkina Film School. He was one of the directors of the award-winning documentary WINTER, GO AWAY!
(2012, Locarno IFF, DOK Leipzig, IDFA, HotDocs). His next films LENINLAND
(2013, Seattle IFF, Message to Man IFF, Verzio HRFF Budapest) and CHILDREN 404
(with Pavel Loparev, 2014, Hot Docs, Open City Docs,Milano FF, CPH:DOX) also received a wide critical and festival acclaim as a thoughtful look into human rights problems and social issues in contemporary Russia.
Co-director Andrii Lytvynenko (Ukraine)
Andrii graduated from the National Karpenko-Kary University of Theater, Film and TV in Kyiv in 2012 as a film director. In 2013, he received a Gaude Polonia grant and studied at Warsaw's Wajda School in the documentary workshop. Andrii made several short films and was the author of the idea and one of the directors of the anthology BEYOND EURO
(2013, DocuDays UA). He also participated in the anthologies KYIV FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET (a part of the international project THE WORLD FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET, 2011), UKRAINE_VOICES
(2014, goEast FF, Eastern Neighbors FF, Cinedoc FF, LET’S CEE FF) and EUROMAIDAN. ROUGH CUT
(Jihlava FF, IDFA, Artdocfest, Silver Eye Award Special Mention).
About the Producer Olga Zhurzhenko (Ukraine), Maria Gavrilova (Russia), Max Tuula (Estonia)
, producer (Ukraine)
Olga has been working as an independent producer since 2009. In 2011 she founded the company UKRKINO, aiming to pursue her own production strategy. She produced several feature films, including GAAMER
by Oleg Sentsov (2011, IFF Rotterdam, Listapad Minsk IFF, Odessa IFF, São Paulo IFF), four shorts and one documentary. Her recent film, TRUMPETER
(2014), screened at Film Festival Cottbus, Molodist Kyiv IFF, Kinoshock IFF in Anapa, Russia. Olga's upcoming project RHINO
by Oleg Sentsov has been put on hold as a result of Oleg's arrest.
, producer (Russia)
Born in Moscow, Maria worked in journalism, advertising and films big and small. For a few years she was the program director of the Texture Film Festival in Perm, Russia, and the editor-in-chief of the Russian magazines Action!
and The Booker's Bulletin
. Together with Max Tuula, she founded the Estonian production company Marx Film. The list of the documentaries she produced includes the international anthology 15 YOUNG BY YOUNG
(the Russian segment) (2012), I DON'T LOVE YOU
by Aleksander Rastorguev and Pavel Kostomarov (2012, Kinotavr IFF, Warsaw IFF, Listapad Minsk IFF) and THE TERM
by Rastorguev /Kostomarov / Pivovarov (2014, Karlovy Vary IFF, DOK Leipzig, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Full Frame FF).
, producer (Estonia)
Born in 1980 in Vladivostok, Russia, Max is an Estonian producer that now lives between Estonia and the USA. He collaborated as a journalist with various film trade magazines and participated in the production of a few shorts that enjoyed success at festivals from Berlin to Abu Dhabi. In 2012 Max coproduced the experimental docudrama I DON'T LOVE YOU
(2012, Kinotavr IFF, Warsaw IFF, Listapad Minsk IFF) by Aleksander Rastorguev and Pavel Kostomarov and continued to work with the filmmakers on their cross-media project THE TERM
(2014, Karlovy Vary IFF, DOK Leipzig, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Full Frame FF) and their two-part documentary KIEV/MOSCOW (2014).
In 2014 Max was selected for the Berlinale Talents
at the Berlin Film Festival.