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Victor Kossakovsky, Director

Victor Kossakovsky, an innovative documentary filmmaker, has had films honored with more than 100 awards in national and international festivals. His distinctive filmography spans many subjects but always explores the interplay of reality and poetic moments. He began his career in motion pictures at the Leningrad Studio of Documentaries as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor in 1978. He studied screenwriting and directing at Moscow HCSF from 1986-1988. In 1989 he directed his first feature LOSEV and in 1992 made his name with his documentary THE BELOVS, which won both the VPRO Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at IDFA and dozens of other awards at international festivals. In 2011, Kossakovsky’s ¡VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! was the opening film of the Venice Film Festival. AQUARELA, his technologically groundbreaking and globe-spanning documentary on the shapes of water premiered in Venice in 2018 before being shortlisted for the Oscar® for Best Documentary.

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