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Zip Cities by Pavel Kostomarov

After a closer look and a bit of exaggeration, one may get the impression that the Russian documentarian Pavel Kostomarov, originally a cinematographer, is by all means an experimentalist. His famous, emotionally charged and stylistically versatile documentaries surpass, to some extent, the framework of traditional filmmaking and incline towards non-stylized content. Driven by lyricism of an intimate drama that is captured as a pure observation, Kostomarov eventually arrived to a stage where he either systematically denies or highlights author’s presence. IDF invites East Doc Platform audiences to the director’s presentation of his latest in-development film titled Zip Cities which upgrades his creative methods even further, to the syntactic structure of reality. He employs camcorder as an eye that observes the world with an intrinsic dynamic and utters in its own language at the same time. Besides, it is universal and outreaches cultural limits: that’s why there are several world cities incorporated: Belin, New York, Tallin, Lyon or even Jihlava, the Czech Republic. Pavel Kostomarov’s unorthodox Master Class built around the exceptional project Zip Cities is open for public, all the East Doc Platform Open Accreditation and One World festival pass holders.


SATURDAY | March 10

17:00 – 18:30 |INSPIRING TALK: Zip Cities by Pavel Kostomarov
Noted Russian filmmaker introduces his soon-to-be released project. Where does one film end and another begin? Hunting for reality. Archiving reality. Turning on and off - shots in all directions. Shots of flickering. Shots of flashes. Shots of blinks.
Open for: All types of EDP & One World accreditations
Where: Archa Theatre, Small Hall




Kostomarov Pavel

Pavel Kostomarov
occupation: Director, Cinematographer, Scriptwriter
country: Russia
Pavel Kostomarov was born in 1975, Moscow. From 1992 to 1996, he studied engineering at the Institute of Biology in Moscow. In 2002 he graduated from the State Film Institute (VGIK) as a cinematographer. He has worked on a number of films as a cinematographer with directors Sergey Loznitsa, Victor Asliuk, Alexey Uchitel and Alexey Popogrebsky. Filmography (director): The Transformer (2003, Best Documentary at the Tampere ISFF); Life in Peace (2004, Silver Dove at DOK Leipzig, Silver Dragon for Best Documentary at the 45th Krakow FF); Mother (2007), all co-directed with Antoine Cattin; Two Together (2009); I Love You (2010, co-directed with Alexander Rastorguev).




ZIP Cities

Production company: EEFilms

Germany, 7 min, HD, Arts and Culture, Docu Series, Experimental, Personal View

Pavel Kostomarov is experimenting with the fabric of a movie. He calls this style Zip Movie. He travels to NY, Tallinn, Jihlava, Lyon, Berlin…."To make a long story short, it is a total hunting for the reality. Archiving the reality. Turn on/turn off - shots in all directions: shots of breathing in; shots of breathing out, shots of flickering, shots of flashes, shots of blinks.I would like to know if these letters and syllables will construct a sentence. If this alphabet full of energy is able to convey poetic vision of my universe. I call this experiment ZIP-MOVIE. ZIP-MOVIE is like this: SEE - FEEL - CATCH IT LIKE ONE CATCHES A BUTTERFLY with one movement of a net (Canon MarkII). Then put it into the pocket without stopping life which is so volatile and long, even longer than one shot."