ALINA RUDNITSKAYAProgram Bio
October-November 2005: New York and the Athens Film Festival, Athens, Ohio
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Alina Rudnitskaya is a graduate of the St. Petersburg University for Arts and Culture’s Department of Film Directing. She started her career as an Assistant Director at the St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. Her first films, The Letter and Living Together were well-received both in Russia and abroad, receiving awards at many domestic and international film festivals, including Message to Man (2003, St. Petersburg), Neubrandenburg IFF (2003, Germany), and others. Living Together was part of a larger project, St. Petersburg 2003. After the project was completed, she was invited to work in Moscow on a documentary film series Dating Service about single people looking for their other halves. At the same time, she worked on a project called Faces of the Epoch, directing such films as Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich. In 2004, her project for one of the major St. Petersburg TV stations – a film series on Russian pop group TATU – won an award for the best documentary series. In 2003-2004, she continued making documentary films, such as Amazons and Village Lessons. Currently, she is working on a new film and is full of new ideas for future work. Rudnitskaya’s films always have a characteristic original perspective; she is interested not only in depicting the facts of life but also in exploring the internal worlds of her characters. She succeeds in painting a vivid image of modern man while maintaining a very personal and humanistic approach to each one of her stories.
Career UpdatesSince participating in the 2005 program at Athens Center for Film and Video, Ms. Rudnitskaya has received international attention for her film, Civil Status, (Grazjdanskoye Sostoyaniye). Distinctions include: