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Short Film Competition 12+

News From the Other World

Valentina Bek
The Mamleev family portrait, set in the cramped interior of a small Moscow flat, is an experiment in metaphysical documentary making. Yury Mamleev, the great writer of the Russian chthonic, plays with a cat while his wife, the translator Maria Mamleeva, flips through a photo album from their émigré years in Paris and America. But something eerie seeps into these scenes of simple comfort, vaguely manifesting itself in the elliptical editing and the soundtrack’s unsettling, abstract humming.

Valentina Bek was born in 1984 in Tolyatti. In 2010 she graduated from Ilya Usov’s photography school and in 2016 she completed her studies at the Moscow School of New Cinema (Dmitry Mamulia’s laboratory). Her films have been selected for various international festivals, including Thessaloniki, Bilbao and FIDMarseille.

Valentina Bek was born in 1984 in Tolyatti. In 2010 she graduated from Ilya Usov’s photography school and in 2016 she completed her studies at the Moscow School of New Cinema (Dmitry Mamulia’s laboratory). Her films have been selected for various international festivals, including Thessaloniki, Bilbao and FIDMarseille.

Year:
2020
Country:
Russia
Length:
28'
Language:
Russian
Subtitles:
Director:
Valentina Bek
Script:
Valentina Bek
Producer:
Valentina Bek
Cinematography:
Valentina Bek
Music:
Alexander Parhomenko
Cast:
Maria Mamleeva, Yuri Mamleev
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