Film

Petersburg. A Selfie

Release date: 22 September 2016

Premiere: Kinotavr Film Festival 2016

Format: Feature film

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director: Anna Parmas, Natalia Kurdryashova, Aksinia Gog, Natalia Nazarova, Oksana Bychkova, Avdotia Smirnova, Renata Litvinova

Producer: Sergey Selyanov, Eduard Pichugin, Natalia Drozd, Natalia Smirnova

Production: Russia

Production Companies: CTB Film Company, Lenfilm, Globus Film; with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Administration of St. Petersburg

Distributor: PROvzglyad

Length: 110 min.

Colour: Colour

In St. Petersburg you get the feeling of being in love. People here are open to impromptu adventures; they easily change from work overalls straight into an evening gown or entrust their destiny to a shaman, if only for an hour. This city makes you believe in miracles: that you could soar above its rooftops, that its bronze sculptures could come to life, and that its poet Joseph Brodsky could be saved by shooting a film about him.

Petersburg. A Selfie comprises seven novellas about the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, Russia, shot by female directors. The film tells a story of a real, living and breathing city, rather than a mythical phantasm. Each novella tells its own story about love and loneliness, luck and hope. The plots and characters in the seven novellas evoke memories of the delicate style of Leningrad cinema and the times when the old logo of Lenfilm Studios — the Bronze Horseman — ensured the viewer that what was about to unfold on the silver screen would bring a thought-provoking and ultimately human experience. A film about people made for people.

Press release: download PDF
Film website: www.facebook.com/petersburgonlylove

Festivals and Awards:
2016 27th Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival: Opening Feature

Trailer

Novella #1: Anichkov Bridge


Director:
Natalia Kudryashova
Screenplay: Rafat Samigullin, Natalia Kudryashova
Cinematographer: Eduard Moshkovich

Starring: Polina Kutepova, Gerald Auger

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An ordinary day in the life of a Petersburg tour guide: a smile, the text memorized by rote years ago, and the bus-tour route, with scenic spots coming up on schedule. The tour bus had better not miss lunch! It seems that the life of tour-guide Marina has been reduced to a chain of days, each a carbon copy of the other, gray as the asphalt of Nevsky Prospekt. There is no doubt it would go on like this forever, if not for this particular day, when the bus got stuck in a traffic jam by Anichkov Bridge, and the famous horses of sculptor Peter Klodt rebelled against Marina and the routine of her life. In Petersburg, miracles happen at every turn. A tour guide can turn into a human being, and the ghosts of Nevsky Prospekt can breathe life into an ordinary city bus tour.

Film Shoot

Novella #2: Girls


Screenplay and Director:
Anna Parmas
Cinematographer: Alisher Khamidhojaev
Production Designer: Anastasia Karimulina

Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Svetlana Kamynina, Fedor Lavrov, Albina Tikhanova

Peterburg-Tolko-Po-Lubvi-Devochki

Tanya is about forty. She has two kids, an ex-husband, and is pregnant again. The twenty-second week is no joke. She also has a monotonous job and hires babysitters for the children. On top of that, there’s Tanya’s mother — always displeased with the Liberals and her former son-in-law. She’s fond of Stalin, though. On the other hand, if it weren’t for her mother, Tanya would have to go to her checkup at the hospital alone. Alone in wintertime, with its slippery sidewalks, crowded buses, and horrifying stray dogs. Life is hard without a man by your side; but it seems to be no easier with one. On the bright side: the checkup reveals no complications or abnormalities. Soon, another girl will be born in St. Petersburg.

Film Shoot

Novella #3: A Selfie


Director:
Aksinia Gog
Cinematographer: Ksenia Sereda
Production Designer: Olga Khlebnikova

Starring: Anastasia Pronina, Nikita Smolyaninov, Erik Kenia, Arkady Koval, Ibrahim Ismailov

Peterburg-Tolko-Po-Lubvi-Selfie

An evening dress, a St. Petersburg mansard, summer, alcohol, and a handsome stranger—what else does a girl need to have a wonderful evening? Just make sure this isn’t the last one.

Margot is only twenty-three but she has already come up with an excellent plan: to come to St. Petersburg and jump off a roof. Jump off before life presents her with some nasty surprise. It’s better to die young and drunk, without cancer or gray hair, before WWIII begins, or the world’s oil reserves are depleted. Or, as fate would have it, a brick falls on your head. But it seems that fate has something completely different in store for her. Just as Margot has feared, life is indeed full of surprises, but not all them are bad.

Film Shoot

Novella #4: Just a Concert


Director:
Natalia Nazarova
Screenplay: Natalia Nazarova, Valentina Prigodina
Cinematographer: Kirill Bobrov

Starring: Anna Ukolova, Maria Urosova, Lidia Dorotenko, Natalia Sherbakova, Vadim Pchelkin, Vladimir Shabelnikov

Peterburg-Tolko-Po-Lubvi-Prosto-Koncert

Olga is used to being on top of the world. Not because she’s rich or overly ambitious—no. Olga is a crane operator; she knows that it’s best to have a top-down view of problems. From a bird’s-eye view, problems always look insignificant.

And Olga’s problems are plentiful: she’s behind on her rent, the hair drier dies at the worst possible moment, and she’s never even owned an evening dress, even though tonight’s the night when she needs it as never before. Tonight, Olga is going to the St. Petersburg Capella to see someone who means the world to her. Standing in the second row of the boys’ choir is her son, Valentin.

Film Shoot

Novella #5: The Morning


Screenplay and Director:
Oksana Bychkova
Cinematographer: Alisher Khamidhojaev

Starring: Nadezhda Lumpova, Alexander Pal, Ivan Lebedev, Irina Sokolova, Anatoly Druzenko

Peterburg-Tolko-Po-Lubvi-Utro

How does ordinary love begin? With a glance? With mutual sympathy? The random motion of a hand spotted at a bus stop? Or something totally silly and trivial?

Pauline and Sasha met one ordinary morning in the fall. It was a good morning to meet someone: she had a bag of candy, he a pen and a notebook, for writing how beautiful she looked. That was how it started: he wrote, and she read what he wrote. It went on in this way—until it turned out that they could simply talk.

Film Shoot

Novella #6: Walking the Dogs


Screenplay and Director:
Avdotia Smirnova
Cinematographer: Maxim Osadchy

Starring: Anna Mikhalkova, Gennady Smirnov, Mikhail Boyarsky, Sergey Umanov, Olga Albanova, Evgeny Karpov

Peterburg-Tolko-Po-Lubvi-Vigul-Sobak

Men should be swarming around Vera, but she has a dog, instead. She walks it in the park, feeds it, and lets it sleep on her bed. Vera is in her thirties and the search for the hero of the romance novel that is her life has entered a critical stage. She has even tried an online dating service. She went on a date, and also consulted a shaman. It would have gone on like this for Vera forever—great friends, a good dog, but no true love—if Vera hadn’t met Andrey. He, by they way, also had a dog.

Film Shoot

Novella #7: Joseph’s Dreams


Screenplay and Director:
Renata Litvinova
Cinematographer: Oleg Lukichev
Production Designer: Anastasia Karimulina

Starring: Renata Litvinova, Yana Sekste, Sofia Ernst, Uliana Dobrovskaya, Vasili Gorchakov, Maksim Vitorgan, Frol Burimsky, Lyubov Inzhinevskaya, Sergey Davydov, Maria-Luise Bondi-Bischofsberger, Rimma Korosteleva

Peterburg-Tolko-Po-Lubvi-Sni-Iosifa

Cinema is a lot like poetry: it can grow out of fantasy turned reality, or out of reality that turned out to be a dream. Who knows where the lies end and truth begins on the silver screen? Once the director shouts, “Action!” on a soundstage, anyone can become a poet, or a dream about something bigger. A fake nose can turn you into Joseph Brodsky, and artificial snow can make you shiver.

Film Shoot

Premiere

Premiere in St Petersburg

Premiere in Moscow

Petersburg. A Selfie

In St. Petersburg you get the feeling of being in love. People here are open to impromptu adventures; they easily change from work overalls straight into an evening gown or entrust their destiny to a shaman, if only for an hour. This city makes you believe in miracles: that you could soar above its rooftops, that its bronze sculptures could come to life, and that its poet Joseph Brodsky could be saved by shooting a film about him.

Petersburg. A Selfie comprises seven novellas about the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, Russia, shot by female directors. The film tells a story of a real, living and breathing city, rather than a mythical phantasm. Each novella tells its own story about love and loneliness, luck and hope. The plots and characters in the seven novellas evoke memories of the delicate style of Leningrad cinema and the times when the old logo of Lenfilm Studios — the Bronze Horseman — ensured the viewer that what was about to unfold on the silver screen would bring a thought-provoking and ultimately human experience. A film about people made for people.

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