I keep recurring to this moment: that time death was quite near. It took my friend, but left me. It all cost me just a fortnight in hospital. I celebrated New Year's Eve there. A friend brought some vodka, and we ate just snow from the ledge. Thus a new year began, the strangest year of my life, when I understood that I was losing everything, without knowing the reason of it. The first year of a new life which, for some reason, was granted to me.
Kuprin Alexander Olegovich
Date of birth: 10/04/1962
Place of birth: Moscow
1980 - 1985 years - Moscow State University (MSU). Journalism Department.
1987 - 1988 years - Advanced Courses for Directors at the State Committee for Television of the USSR.
About 25 years working as director of documentary films with the Russian television and broadcasting companies in other countries. Author of more than 90 documentaries.Laureate of international film festivals (see “Selected filmography”).In 1993, in the Bauhaus Dessau (Germany) a special program of the Alexander Kuprin’s films was presented ("The Island", "THERE", "Lifeless»,« Squat »,«Altered state"). Since October 1995, A.Kuprin worked in the state of TV company “VID” (First Channel of Russian TV) as a director of the program "Vzglyad" (“Vision”), for which he was preparing different videos, including videos from the Chechen war.
Film Director lexander Kuprin is the author of more than 90 documentaries. SELECTED PHILMOGRAPHY:
A DANCE LASTING ALL THE NIGHTA colour fiction film (duration 20 min.) A love story in Rock-n-Roll style. Author: Alexander Kuprin Camera: Veronika Baghirova. Starring: E. Amenitskaya, A. Kuprin.
A WEEK OF CONSCIOUSNESSA documentary chronicle film (duration 96 min.) - Stalin repressions: victims and committers. Author: Alexander Kuprin, producer: Valery Yakovlev, Photography: Andrey Kvardakov.
A CHERNOBYL DRINKING SONG (STALKER SASHA) A documentary video film (duration 6 min.) - All the strange and unexplainable changes of physiology and psyche of a man living in the zone of heightened radiation are called by the Chernobyl intellectuals “radionarcomania”. The character of the film, “stalker” Sasha takes journalists and functionaries to contaminated lands. He is sure that he won’t be ever able to leave the Zone. The film was screened at informational screenings at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991. Script: Anatoly Golovkov, director: Alexander Kuprin, producer: Valery Yakovlev.
A SIEGE - A documentary video film (duration 6 min.). Moscow. Furmanny Lane. The first squatted house. A siege. Author: Alexander Kuprin.“Ogonyok-Video”, 1990
MOSCOW - ISLAMOBADA documentary video film (duration 24 min.) The Afghan War from the other side of the non-existing front line. Pakistan. An interview with the leaders of the «Peshawar Seven" (field commanders of the mujahidin). The opinion of Benazir Bhutto, of Russian captive soldiers, of the mufti of the Russian Muslims. Artillery fire. Almost 50ºC in the shade.Script: Artyom Borovik, director: Alexander Kuprin, producer: Valery Yakovlev, Camera: Andrey Kvardakov. “Ogonyok-Video”, 1991
MOSCOW – PETUSHKY (back and forth) A documentary video film (duration 14 min.) The film is based on the last interview of the writer Venedikt Erofeev and on fragments of the novel "Moscow-Petushky" read by the author. Script: Leonid Prudovsky, director: Alexander Kuprin, producer: Valery Yakovlev, Camera: Andrey Kvardakov. “Ogonyok-Video”, 1992
LIFELESSA documentary video film (duration 18 min.) From the life of lifeless bodies. The character of this parabolic thriller is Valentin Vassilievich Malakhiev, a specialist of imitation of live and dead characters for the “Lenfilm” film studio. It is a story of life, of a mysterious feeling on the background of the mysterious city, in which air the music of creativity and death is spread. A golem in Saint-Petersburg. Author: Alexander Kuprin, producer: Valery Yakovlev, Camera: Andrey Lobov. 1992
AN ISLANDA documentary video film (duration 12 min.) Saint-Petersburg. An actors’ retirement home on the Petrovsky Island. The theatre continues in everyday life. Authors: Yu.Feting, A.Kuprin, camera by Yu.Feting, 1992
SQUAT (SQUATTING) A documentary video film (duration 12 min.)A squatted apartment in Moscow. Life among ruins. Love in a dead city.Authors: A.Kuprin and E.Kuprina. Property of the authors, 1992 Film premiere was held in 1993 at twenty-one cable channel in Moscow.The special program of films by Alexander Kuprin at the Berlin "Videofest”, 1994.
AN ALTERED STATE. A documentary film (duration 26 min.) Narcomania in faces, facts and dreams.TV "Komsomolskoy pravdy" 1995.
A MARATHON IN AN AFGAN WAY - A documentary film (duration 36 min.) A criminal war between the funds of Afghan War Invalids had as a result a terrific explosion at the Kotlyakovskoye Cemetery. In our film all the things are quoted that had happened before the explosion. A chronicle of the hostilities in Moscow. TV Company “Otechestvo”, 1995.
DREAMS ABOUT WAR - A documentary film (duration 46 min.) The Chechen War has lasted for 1,5 years. It will last eternally in soldiers’ dreams. Script: Yu.Kuprina, S.Kushnerev, A.Kuprin; shots by journalists of a TV Company VID, Director: A.Kuprin, Photography: K.KryakovVID, 1996.
A DEMO B ALBUM. A documentary chronicle film (duration 56 min.)The source material of the film consists of more than 2 hours of amateur video shot by soldiers and officers of the Chechen war.Script: S.Kushnerev, A.Kuprin; director: A.Kuprin VID, 1996.Special Prize at the World Forum television program in Tokyo. Award “For Contribution to the development of documentary films” at the festival of the festivals in Novorossiysk, 1996.
CHERNOBYL-10. A documentary film (duration 52 min.)Ten years after the catastrophe of Chernobyl. It is a lyric film. Life on a contaminated land. Ucraine, Bielorussia. 500 milliroentgen... 600, 700. The village Gromyky: 1 roentgen on the soil.Script: A.Kasulnikov, A.Shur, S.Kushneryov; Directors: S.Kurakin, A.Kuprin, Cameras: TV channel VIDVID, 1996.
THE TESTAMENT OF THE 20-TH CENTURY. (Author and speaker: Ghenrich Borovik, broadcasted by TV channel “Kultura”). 1. Film #1 A.F. KERENSKY 3 episodes (duration 44 min. each)2. Film #2 OTTO SCORZENI 2 episodes (duration 44 min. each)3. Film #3 DADDY HEMINGWAY 2 episodes ( duration 44 min. each)4. Film #4 HITLER AND STALIN (THE 22-nd of JUNE) 2 episodes (duration 44 min. each)Author: Borovik, Director: A.Kuprin, Camera: K.Kryakov, producer: S.KushnerevVID, 1997.
JOSEPH AND NADEZHDA - A documentary chronicle film (duration 52) The story of a tragic love between J.Stalin and N.Allilueva. Script: Olga Kuchkina, Director: A.Kuprin, Camera: Savenkov, producer: V.Gorchakov.“Time 4 Production”, 1998Award in nomination “Author” at tv cinema forum "Together in the third millennium" in Yalta, Ukraine, 200020. ANOTHER SKYA documentary chronicle film (52 min.) A free interpretation of scientific works by Academician Rauschenbach.Script author and producer: Vika Fomina, director: A.Kuprin, animation: Vadim Koshkin, Camera: K.Lyass."Another sky", 2003
FATHER MIKHEY’S SPACEA documentary film (26 min.)Kozhozersky Monastery is the most hard-to-reach in Russia. The father superior of the monastery and the only monk is Father Mikhey. The film tells about the life of Father Mikhey, one of the most important parts of which is the ecclesiastical guidance of the contingent of the space launching site Plessetsk.«Derzhava», 2004Special Jury Prize of the Festival "Luchezarniy Angel", Moscow, 2004
SKYEARTH - a documentary film (58 min.)Script: Margarita Smirnova, Serghey KarandashovDirectors: Serghey Karandashov, Alexander Kuprin Photography: Alexander Demyanenko Cameras: Serghey Kuzmin, Alexander Kuprin, Vyacheslav Izvekov, Yury Fokus Executive producer: Olga Kyrbatskaya Producer: Mayram Yussupova For the characters of the film the crucial moment has come, when the main decision is to be taken. And one can’t make a mistake. One can’t lie to himself. One can postpone nothing. Production: Studio «Avgust», 2008 Grand Prix at the Festival “Salt of the Earth” in Samara, Russia, 2008The prize for best director, the festival "Window to Russia" Moscow, 2008
A LESSON - A documentary film (33 мин)Script: A.AndryushkovDirector: A.KuprinProducer: Marina Polovkova A lesson of the contemporary history of Russia at a secondary school. The topic: «Disintegration of the USSR»NIIISRO, 2008
TRIUMPH - a documentary film (58 мин) Script: A.KuprinDirector: A.KuprinProducer: Mayram Yussupova «Everyone has his own death. Everyone has his own triumph over death».Studio «Avgust», 2011