In collaboration with Doclisboa, we present the first online retrospective of the work of the prodigious Vadim Kostrov, a comet of the world of film festivals.


In 2021, Vadim Kostrov released six feature films on the international festival circuit. Age 23 and neither ever having shown a film outside of Russia or having received any kind of state support to make films, Kostrov came seemingly appeared out of nowhere, a comet lighting up the world of festivals, first at Sheffield DocFest (with Summer), then FIDMarseille (with Orpheus), and then on to Doclisboa (with Winter and the Narodnaya trilogy). After that, his intense, challenging, highly personal visions of the lives of young Russians played all over the world, culminating in a retrospective at FICUNAM. When Russia invaded Ukraine, Kostrov immediately fled first to Istanbul and now is permanently exiled in France, where he has continued to steadily make films.

Fall, the latest in the seasonal cycle that so far comprises Summer and Winter, will premiere in July 2022 at FIDMarseille.

"Ask about the directors who inspire him and [Kostrov] cites figures like the Lithuanian director, Sharunas Bartas, and the experimental US directors, Jon Jost and the late Jonas Mekas (a hero of New York avant garde cinema even if he was born in Lithuania). He also acknowledges the influence of Japanese director Naomi Kawase and even Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro." — Business Doc Europe

Films produced by mal der mer films.

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