Filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky
‘Don’t film if you can live without filming.’ That’s the first of the 10 rules that Victor Kossakovsky (Leningrad, 1961) drew up for fellow filmmakers at IDFA’s request. His final rule? ‘Don't follow my rules. Find your own rules. There is always something that only you can film and nobody else.’
Kossakovsky is a prime example of a filmmaker who finds his own rules. He is the author of a very original oeuvre, which expresses a great love for humanity. Kossakovsky first visited IDFA in 1993 with Belovy, winning both the award for best long documentary and the Audience Award. In 1998 he won the Special Jury Prize with Pavel and Lyalya (a Jerusalem Romance). In 2006 he presented his ten rules in a Masterclass. In 2012 he was guest of honor of the festival. In addition, IDFA presented a retrospective, including Tishe! (2002), for which he spent an entire year filming road works from the window of his Saint Petersburg home, Svyato (2005), about his two-year-old son seeing his reflection for the first time, and ¡Vivan las antipodas! (2011), a wonderful documentary about 'counterparts': people literally on opposite sides of the globe.