Russia / Denmark / France / Netherlands / Sweden, 1997, 97mn 
Wednesday 19.07.1961
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Среда 19.07.1961


 Mercredi 19/07/1961

 Sreda 19.07.1961

Directed by : Viktor KOSSAKOVSKY (Виктор КОСАКОВСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Viktor KOSSAKOVSKY (Виктор КОСАКОВСКИЙ)
Cinematography : Viktor KOSSAKOVSKY (Виктор КОСАКОВСКИЙ)
Production : Sreda Film in collaboration with ARTE/ZDF, BMC, EURIMAGES, DOCUMENTARY, PROCEREP y ROSKINO

Awards :
Best documentary "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1997
FIPRESCI Prize , Berlin International Film Festival - Panorama 1997
Ecumenical Jury Award , "Message to Man" Int. Film Festival, St. Petersburg 1997,
Best Documentary (Observer Prize), Edinburgh International Film Festival 1997
Critics Prize, Award of Professional Championship Jekatarinenburg Film Festival 1997,
First Prize; Vyborg Festival of Russian Film 1997,
"Triumph" - Russian Independent Prize for Achievment in Art, 1998

Plot synopsis
The starting point of Wednesday 19.07.1961 is rather bizarre. 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. His quest, which grew more and more obsessive along the way, garnered some significant results: 51 women and 50 men fit the profile. Over the course of time, a few of these 101 people had died, while others had moved to another city or abroad. But in 1995, Kossakovsky managed to capture all 70 remaining residents on film, in the street, at work or simply at home. He spends time among doctors and patients, entertainers and businessmen, construction workers and homeless people. In his unorthodox style, Kossakovsky has produced a beautiful portrait of thirtysomethings in St. Petersburg.

Commentaries and bibliography
90-е. Кино, которое мы потеряли, Larisa MALUKOVA, Зебра Е ; 2007 г., 2007

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival : IDFA, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2018
- Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival : IDFA, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2012
- Saint Petersburg International Cine-Forum, St Petersburg (Russia), 2011
- États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France), 2003
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1997

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