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ALEKSANDR MARKOV

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June 2006: New York and the Flaherty Film Seminar at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Aleksandr Markov was born in St. Petersburg in 1973. He studied German for 11 years, then from 1993 to 2000 studied in the Department of Film and Video Directing at the St. Petersburg University of Art and Culture. For two years, he worked as a German language translator for the “B and K” Publishing House (St. Petersburg) and translated the book The Logic of Representation by Wim Wenders. During this time, he also worked as a director for Lennauchfilm, a St. Petersburg based studio of scientific documentary films, and directed Sigmund Freud’s Museum of Dreams (5 min, documentary, color), and Lullaby (20 min, 35 mm, feature/documentary, color). He received the prize for Best Russian Film at the 2003 St. Petersburg Message to Man Festival and the Spirit Award at the 2nd International Festival of Young Filmmakers (Cinefest Miskolc, Hungary), both for Lullaby.

From 2002 to 2005, Markov studied at the Russian Institute of Art History, completing a dissertation on the theme of “the image of the city in the structure of film.” During this time he worked as a director at the St. Petersburg Studio of Documentary Film, completing City in Cities (20 min, BetaSP, experimental/documentary, color). He also worked as a curator of special programs at the Message to Man Festival and was a member of the selection panel for modern German film at the international student film festival Beginnings (St. Petersburg). He wrote critical essays on modern film for THE newspaper and text for advertisements and articles on modern German cinema, as well as being a moderator at film screenings held at the Goethe Institute in St. Petersburg.

Currently, Markov works as a teacher of theory and practice of documentary film at the St. Petersburg University of Film and Television. He also teaches the history of Russian and foreign film at the School of Russian Drama. He recently received a grant for the service of Russian-German exchange and completed a 3 month internship at the Academy of Film and Television Potsdam-Babelsberg.