Wednesday 19.7.1961

    • Victor Kossakovsky
    • Russia
    • 1997
    • 93 min
    • Me
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    At the heart of this film lies the notion that life is a lottery. For an entire year, Victor Kossakovsky searched for inhabitants of St. Petersburg who were born on Wednesday, July 19, 1961, his own birthday, in former Leningrad. He found that this particular day saw the birth of 51 women and 50 men. Some of them were no longer living, while others had moved to another city or abroad. But in 1995, Kossakovsky managed to capture 74 remaining residents on film, in the streets, at work, behind the wheel of their cars or in cramped apartments.

    He meets doctors and patients, entertainers and businessmen, construction workers and homeless people. He films some merely in passing, but spends considerable time with others. A couple in recovery that’s about to have a baby constitutes a form of leitmotif. In his own unorthodox style, Kossakovsky has produced a beautiful portrait of a random group of thirtysomethings in St. Petersburg in the first decade after the collapse of Communism.

    Credits

    • 93 min
    • color
    • 35mm
    Director
    Victor Kossakovsky
    Production
    Viola Stephan for Sreda Film
    Cinematography
    Victor Kossakovsky
    Editing
    Victor Kossakovsky
    Sound
    Leonid Lerner
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    IDFA history

    2018
    Screened
    Me
    2012
    Screened
    Retrospective: Victor Kossakovsky
    1997
    Screened
    Reflecting Images

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