Lenfilm Studios and CTB Film Company, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Russia and the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, began principal photography for the upcoming feature “Petersburg. A Selfie”.
“Petersburg. A Selfie” comprises seven novellas about the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, Russia, shot by female directors. The film will tell a story of a real, living and breathing city, rather than a mythical phantasm.
Five million residents, 1.5 thousand square kilometers, and 300 years of history—tourist guides have traditionally referred to the city as the Venice of the North, officials have dubbed it the cultural capital of Russia, and ill-wishers have called it a great city with the destiny of a province.
“Petersburg. A Selfie” is told by seven unique female voices: Avdotia Smirnova, Renata Litvinova, Anna Parmas, Oksana Bychkova, Aksinia Gog, Natalia Nazarova, and Natalia Kurdryashova. Each one tells her 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.
Four of the seven novellas will be shot in St. Petersburg this fall—in September and October, and three in the winter of 2016.
The film is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2016.