The authors of the opening film Give Me Liberty — directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky and screenwriter Alice Austen will be guests of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. On July 26 at 19:00 on the Main Stage, they will present their film together with one of the main actors Maxim Stoyanov. And on July 27 at 14:30 Mikhanovsky and Austen will meet with the audience.
Give Me Liberty is a lyrical tragicomedy about a young resident of the Russian community of Milwaukee named Vic. He works as a minibus driver for people with disabilities. On the road, Vic encounters urban protests, drives around noisy compatriots, and his route changes involuntarily, taking all of them on an adventure.
Kirill Mikhanovsky calls the picture «not autobiographical, but very personal». After emigrating with his parents to the United States in the early 1990s, Mikhanovsky worked for some time on a medical transport. After working together with Alice Austen for several years, they created a film that was successfully screened at Sundance and at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Critics’ Week.
During the meeting with the audience, the authors will talk about how cinema comes from personal experience, how to shoot a film on a small budget, how film production in the USA differs from the Russian system, and how to combine the organics of professional and non-professional actors.
Entrance to Give Me Liberty is free (18+). To attend the meeting with the director and screenwriter, you should register on this page. The event is supported by the US Embassy.