Alexandre SOKUROV
Александр СОКУРОВ
Alexandre SOKOUROV
Russia, 1997, 45mn 
Colour, documentary
The St. Petersburg Diary. Kosintsev's Flat
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Петербургский дневник. Квартира Козинцева

 

 Journal de Saint-Pétersbourg. L'Appartement de Kozintsev

 Peterburgskiy dnevnik. Kvartira Kozintseva

 
Directed by : Alexandre SOKUROV ( Александр СОКУРОВ)
Writing credits : Alexandre SOKUROV ( Александр СОКУРОВ), Aleksandra TUCHINSKAYA (Александра ТУЧИНСКАЯ)
Cinematography : Aleksey FEDOROV (Алексей ФЕДОРОВ)
Sound : Sergey MOSHKOV (Сергей МОШКОВ)
Editing : Leda SEMENOVA (Ледa СЕМЕНОВА)
Produced by : Svetlana VOLOSHINA (Светлана ВОЛОШИНА)
Production : Studio Nadezhda
 
format : Beta

Plot synopsis
The second film in the “Diary of St. Petersburg” documentary cycle is dedicated to the outstanding Soviet filmmaker Grigory Kosintsev, whose professional life was entirely devoted to the Lenfilm Studios. His flat is not far from the Studios in Vasiliev Brothers Street and in it now lives the late film-maker's widow. It is deserted, almost a museum, and comes across as a shelter for memories. This emptiness is full of memories, and the intensive looking at and listening to this emptiness reveals a respect and gratitude for the life of another man, a life of constant creative activity, and for the photographs, books and the acclaimed films that have been left behind. The special manner of Sokurov's looking and listening is dictated by such memories.
These memories are not so much those of the woman now living in the apartment. Rather, it our reminiscences, we the spectators of Kosintsev, that are made real by Sokurov's camera. Although he has left this life, Grigory Kosintsev, the director of the films of the Maxim Trilogy, adaptations of Hamlet and King Lear, the latter a classic of the Soviet cinema, still occupies his place as before. It is a place reserved for him alone, both in the history of cinema and in his apartment. His presence remains.
Alexandra Tuchinskaya
English translation by Tatiana Ussova with assistance from Benjamin Halligan
Source : sokurov.spb.ru/island_en
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Moscow, St-Petersburg : two faces of Russia, Paris (France), 2010
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2008