XII St.Petersburg International Festival of Debut and Student Films BEGINNING
has been carried on September 13 – 20, 2013 in St.Petersburg, Russia.
For the second time this year the festival was held within II St.Petersburg International Film Festival.
Russia-Germany, b/w, 14’, 2013
Idea and concept: Mikhail Shemyakin, Vyacheslav Polunin, Anton Adasinsky
When a brigade of stowaways stops an electric train and passengers have to eat grass and mushrooms for three days, shooting a film is not necessary. Relations between Shemyakin, Polunin, and Adasinsky both have and haven’t been. Then they were surprising, then sophisticated (i.e.intelligent), that is why Pavel’s appearing with the camcorder never raised a laugh.
Pavel Semchenko graduated from an art school. Since 1988, actor of the Da-Net Theatre. In 1989, together with V. Vasiliev and M. Isayev, created the Russian Engineering Theatre AKHE. As a director, artist, and actor, took part in creation of the following performances: "229 Wrong Motions", "Plug-n-Play", "Requiem for Space", "White Cabin", "Instead of Words", "All, What and K°", "Gobo. Digital Glossary", "Mr Carmen", "Double Casper", "Darvaldaya Mondegrinom", "Depot of Genius Delusions", "Catalogue of the Hero", "Lulla-Lullaby", "Wet Wedding", "Pas-Imitation of Dramatic Machine", "Middle Black", "Faust Cubed. 2360 Words", "Electric Cabaret". Together with M. Didenko, worked as a director and actor on performance "Continuous Curve". Took part in theatrical projects of other theatres, including: Formalny Teatr, V. Polunin Theatre, Teatro di Capua, and Protheatrical Association The Drystone in Saint Petersburg, Laantaren Theatre in Rotterdam, Toihous in Salzburg, Project Teatr in Germany, Theater Derevo, St. Petersburg–Dresden. Works in the cinema as a director and an actor; as an artist, takes part in exhibitions, installations, performances, makes illustrations.
Nomination — the best work of an artist, performance Lionka Panteleev. Musical.
Special screening of Lightning and Q&A with the director Manuela Morgaine
Lightning (A legend in four seasons)
St. Petersburg premiere
Legend, 230’, colour, 2013, France
Production: Mezzanine Films, Envers Compagnie, Paris
Lightning appears and disappears, strikes and tetanizes in a fraction of a second: in this world and that of the immortals. Since the beginning of time and beyond the confines of imagination. What happens when you are struck, physically and metaphysically?
"Lightning" is an auteur film that breaks the mould, just like its director, Manuela Morgaine. Of Egyptian and Mediterranean descent, born in 1962, she lives and works in Paris. A writer, director and filmmaker, she is president of "Envers Compagnie", a company devoted to the production of interdisciplinary works since 1991. Author of numerous Radio Lab Workshops broadcast on "France Culture".
Prix de Rome for scenography, 1994.
Villa Medicis Hors les Murs Laureate, 2004.
2013 — Lightning (a legend in four seasons)
2011 — Manyara
2009 — Apocalypse 2,2 2007 — If a swallow doesn't make spring, which swallow?
2003 — On the wild side
2001 — Paraïso
1999 — Va
1994 — Posthums
Special screening of "And There Was Fire In The Centre Of The Earth", director Bernhard Hetzenauer
And There Was Fire In The Centre Of The Earth
Documentary, colour, b/w, 78’, 2013, Austria/Ecuador/Germany
Executive production: University of Fine Arts (HFBK), Hamburg
Vera Kohn, a Jewish woman of German descent born in Prague in 1912, fled from Czechoslovakia to Latin America in 1939, where she built a new life for herself as a theatre actress in Quito, Ecuador. The trauma of losing home stayed with her forever. A severe mental breakdown changed her life. She spent three years with German Gestalt therapist Karlfried Graf Duerckheim in the Black Forest where she was introduced to his "Initial Therapy". Cured, she returned to Ecuador and became the country's most influential psychotherapist. The documentary essay tells the story of various encounters between the Austrian filmmaker, whose grandfather was an SS soldier and the remarkable 98-year-old Jewish psychologist.
Bernhard Hetzenauer was born in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1981. Graduated from the Vienna University of Applied Arts, master class Bernhard Kleber. After various projects in Latin America and studies of documentary cinema at the Buenos Aires University of Cinema he obtained an MFA degree in Filmmaking with Wim Wenders and Pepe Danquart at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. Director, cameraman and producer of various short films and documentaries. Festival screenings include Ecuador, Mexico, Iran, Russia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Benin (Western Africa).
"And there was Fire in the Centre of the Earth" is his debut full-length film.
2012 — The Letters
2010 — What Remained Unspoken
2007 — When Did I Stop Telling You My Dreams?
2003 — Brainwatching
Special screening of "You And The Night", director Yann Gonzalez
You And The Night
Fiction, 91’, colour, 2013, France
Production: Sedna Films, Paris
Around midnight, a young couple prepare for a party.
Born in 1977 in France, was film critic for "Max", "Têtu", and "Chronic'Art" magazines. "By the Kiss", his first short film has been selected in many international film festivals including "Director's Fortnight" during Cannes International Film Festival 2006. Each time collaborated with his brother Anthony Gonzalez (M83 music band).
"You and the Night" is his debut full-length film.
2012 — Land of My Dreams
2012 — We Will Never Be Alone
2009 — The Black Asters
2008 — Little Girls, I Hate You
2007 — Intermission
2006 — By the Kiss
Special screening of "Fine, Thanks", director Matyas Prikler
Fiction, 134’, colour, 2013, Slovakia
Production: MPhilms Ltd, Bratislava
"Fine, Thanks" is a feature–length film consisting of three main stories and an epilogue. The stories take place during the current financial crisis that affects the intimate lives of the characters and reveals a harsh picture of their twisted relations. The applied narrative method, which is based on observation and borders on documentary filmmaking, is also the key approach in portraying a world that is losing morals but has not yet lost all hope.
Born in 1982 in Slovakia. Studied Film Directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, after which he continued to study at the Film Academy in Budapest, Hungary. After graduating in 2006, he made several short films and documentaries. His latest short film "Thanks, Fine" (2009) was selected for the competition in the Cinefondation section at the Cannes International Film Festival 2010.
"Fine, Thanks" is his debut full-length film.
2009 — Thanks, Fine
2006 — A Following Act
2006 — They Are Not Your Husband
2004 — Self-Portrait
2002 — The Life of a Fly
Full list of selected films for the debut feature competition
Feature, colour, 68’, 2013, Thailand
Production: Aditya Assarat, Pop Pictures Co. Ltd.
Some people pass through our lives for only a brief moment in time. Without any pictures to remind us of them… it’s like they never existed at all.
36 is the number of shots on an analogue roll of film. It's also the number of shots in this film. Yet it's not a strict film, but the playful quest of a young photographer for the photos that disappeared on her computer.
Born in 1984 in Thailand, majored in Chinese at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. A self-taught director of short films, he also works as a film critic and screenwriter. He is co-founder of Third Class Citizen, a Thai film and video activist group. Thamrongrattanarit is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus.
"36" is his debut full-length film.
2010 — Cherie Is Korean-Thai
2009 — Français
2007 — You Have to Wait, Anyway
2007 — Penguin
2006 — Bangkok Tanks
Nothing Bad Can Happen
Feature, 110’, colour, 2013, GermanyProduction: Verena Grafe-Hoft, Junafilm
Coproducer: Katharina Dufner
Director, scriptwriter: Katrin Gebbe
Director of photography: Moritz Schultheiss
Sound: Timo Selengia, Thekla Demelius
Music: Peter Folk, Johannes Lehniger
Editor: Heike Gnida
Cast: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Gersak, Swantje Kohlhof, Annika Kuhl, Daniel Michel
Young Tore belongs to the Jesus FreakS, a Christian punk movement rebelling against established religion whilst at the same time following Jesus’ precepts of love. One day, in what appears to be a miracle, Tore manages to repair a car which has broken down and gets to know the driver, Benno. But he can’t resist playing a cruel game, designed to test Tore’s faith. As the violence become more and more extreme, Tore’s capacity for love is pushed to its limits.
Gebbe attended the Academy of Visual Arts and Design in the Netherlands and got her master’s degree in directing at the Hamburg Media School. Her short "Sores & Sirin" won the European Union’s Young CIVIS Media Prize and qualified for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
"Nothing Bad Can Happen" (Tore Tanzt) is her debut full-length film.
2008 — Sores & Sirin
2007 — Daffodils
2007 — Invitation
2006 — How Do You Want It?
2006 — Rain
St. Petersburg premiere
Feature, 102’, colour, 2013, Germany/France/Georgia
Production: Indiz Film (Germany), Arizona Productions (France), Polare film LLC (Georgia)
Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, fourteen years old inseparable friends, life just unfolds; in the street, at school, with friends or the elder sister. Although they are already dealing with men’s dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love, for these two girls in bloom life just goes on.
Born on 9 July 1978 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nana Ekvtimishvili studied script writing and dramaturgy at the University of Film and Television Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Inspired by her memories of her youth, "In Bloom" marks her feature debut and has already garnered an impressive number of festival awards.
2013 — In Bloom
2011 — Waiting For Mum
2007 — Lost Mainland
Simon Gross studied film directing at the film school in Munich, Germany. After directing several short films, he shot his debut feature Fata Morgana in Morocco. He founded his own production companies in Germany and Georgia and served as co-director and producer of "In Bloom".
2013 — In Bloom
2006 — Fata Morgana
2001 — Elated By Night
1998 — Fall Of Man
Feature, 95’, colour, 2012, Russia
Production: Studio Genre, LLC.
For Andrey, becoming a surgeon meant facing harsh realities of Russian healthcare system. With no equipment or supplies he could rely only on his intuition, and his life seemed to be a deed of saving lives every day. Yet, he thinks he is just doing his job.
Studied acting under O. Kudryashov at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, from which he graduated in 1999. He worked at Moscow State Variety Theatre. He appeared in more than 25 performances and 10 films. Since 2005, Vladimir has been an Artistic Director of SounDrama studio. He is also a prize winner of the Triumph and Seagull Awards. In 2005, his play Doñ.tor premiered at the stage of Theatre.doc. His film Doctor is based on this play, and it is his first feature film.
Feature, 82’, colour, 2012, Poland/Germany/Hungary
Production: Koncept Media
16-year-old Adam discovers an old photograph of his pregnant mother, seeming to be very happy with an unknown man. He begins to doubt his family and sets off to find his supposed real father. He experiences his first love, true friendship and finally unveils a secret from the past.
Born in 1968. Director and scriptwriter. Recognized documentary director. Graduated from the Polish philology at University in Gdansk and directing at the Lodz Film School. His short documentary films was screened at few hundred film festivals where received about 50 awards ( at San Fransico FF, Palm Springs FF, Silverdocs in Washington, Shanghai FF , Munich, Toronto, Moscow etc.) Member of the European Film Academy.
"The Photograph" is his feature film debut.
2012 — The Photograph
2005 — On The Road
2004 — I Am With You
2003 — A Life To Live
1999 — I Will Not Leave You Until I Die
Feature, 107’, colour, 2012, Canada
Produced by: Marc Almon (Story Engine Pictures), David Miller (A71 Productions), Jason Buxton (Festina Lente Productions)
"Blackbird" is a film that explores the power, and the danger, of social media and cyber-bullying, while showing that the worst prisons are often the ones we create for ourselves.
This is a film about a troubled teen, Sean Randall, who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario. It all begins when an unlikely bond forms between Sean and a preppy teenage girl named Deanna Roy. Deanna's boyfriend is deeply threatened by Sean and Deanna's friendship, resulting in a violent confrontation. Seeking to protect himself, Sean issues a death threat online - and is swiftly arrested. When the police raid Sean's home, they find rifles, shotguns, knives and ammunition - all property of Sean's father Ricky, an avid hunter. They also find a supposed "hit list" with twenty names of people who have tormented Sean. The authorities and the media proclaim another Columbine has been narrowly averted, and soon Sean faces a terrifying imprisonment in a youth detention facility. Sean's only hope is to overcome his dark image, and prove his innocence to Deanna and to his community.
After studying film at Simon Fraser University, Jason Buxton has made three short films. His first short "A Fresh Start" traveled internationally to numerous festivals, including the Toronto International and Clermont-Ferrand. "The Garden" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and "The Drawing" has played in over a dozen international festivals, and has recently been acquired by HBO. Jason lives in Nova Scotia, and "Blackbird" is his debut full-length film.
2012 — Blackbird
2004 — The Drawing
2003 — The Garden
2001 — A Fresh Start
St. Petersburg premiere
Feature, 98’32’’, colour, 2013, New Zealand
Production company: Warp Films Australia
New Zealand, 1981: muscle cars, racial tensions and a thieving bird all inform the small town life of brothers Willie and Solomon. After a chance encounter with charismatic thief Bennie and his close-knit gang of ‘shoppers’, Willie is seduced into a criminal world that allows him to escape mounting tensions with his volatile father. But as Bennie’s hold over him grows, Willie finds himself in over his head; and when Solomon is left to fend for himself at home, Willie’s two worlds collide with shattering consequence
Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland
Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland are old mates from Raumati Beach, a small west coast village in the North Island of New Zealand, where they went to the same school and grew up a stone’s throw from each other.
Mark and Louis collaborated on short films as a writer/director team after Louis studied at Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama School and Mark majored in filmmaking at the Ilam Fine Arts School in Christchurch.
"The Six Dollar Fifty Man" was long listed for the 2011 Academy Awards after winning four Academy qualifying awards at US and International film festivals; among them: the Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking at Sundance Film Festival, Best Narrative Short at the 20th Annual Cinequest Film Festival and many others. It also gained Special Distinction at the 62nd Cannes IFF in 2009 and a Special Mention at 60th Berlin–Generation Kplus in 2010. Mark and Louis’ first feature, "Shopping", like all their work is inspired from their own experiences in life and is born of six years collaboration together.