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film about the avant-garde artist TIMUR NOVIKOV

Directed by Lesya Matsko

Produced by Natalia Ivanova

Festivals & Film Awards

Official selection International Film Festival «Molodist»

Film about Timur Novikov (1958-2002) — an artist, who was well ahead of his time; an icon, that smashed geographical boundaries and sexual preconceptions; a legend, that single-handedly brought about the cultural revolution, — and won.

«Who Is Timur? 5 Stories» — a very special tribute to Saint-Petersburg avant-garde innovator, an incredible portrait puzzle put together by people who knew Novikov.

These are:

Vladislav Kyshev, a scientist, geneticist and philosopher; Valentina Belyaeva, a curator of the National Russian Museum «The Hermitage»;

Sergei Bugaev-Afrika, an artist, curator and actor, who was the main star of Sergei Solovyov’s movie-hit «ASSA»;

Vladimir Kulikov, a biologist, inventor and performance artist, and, finally, a close friend of Novikov — Vlad Mamyshev-Monroe — an artist, leading actor in notorious post-modern 2006 remake of USSR classic «Volga-Volga», public figure and Russia’s Marilyn Monroe №1 fan.

Soundtrack is by «New Composers» — legendary Saint-Petersburg-based electronic experimentalists.

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film about the most famous artist Oscar Rabine

directed by Lesya Matsko

Film was presented at the Centre Pompidou during the exhibition KOLLEKTSIA +

& at the Marche du film Cannes Film Festival

This film is about a famous artist, the founder of non-conformism – Oscar Rabin.
In 1976 when he was in Paris with his wife - a well-known artist Valentina Kropivnitskaya. their Russian passports were confiscated for being progressive artists and “dangerous” for the Soviet Government.

They have been living in France since then and became famous artists in Europe & all over the world.

The last work by Rabine was sold at Sotheby’s for more then 100 000 dollars, but in USSR his art works cost almost nothing…
When the painter was 79 years old, he got his Russian passport back and was able to visit Moscow – his "Motherland N 1” for the first time after the 30 years of exile…

Oscar Rabine died in 2018, but the film disclose the archives of his life…and his works will stay forever in such world famous museums as Tretyakov Gallery, Centre Pompidou & many others…


film about the most famous in ex-USSR  deep diver & 

underwater stuntman

written & directed by Lesya Matsko

Festivals & film awards :

Prix du Président de l’Ukraine pour le meilleur projet film documentaire

Prix du Ministère de la Culture et des Arts de l'Ukraine

Prix « Le film historique »  Festival de l’image Sous-Marines, Antibes France

The film “Portrait, written by depth” by a director Lesya Matsko who won a Grant of the President of Ukraine was co-produced in collaboration with: the studio “Cinematographist”, studio CINEGRAMOPHONE, co-production with ARTCONCEPT7 & with theState Department of the Cinematography, Ministry of the Culture and Tourism of Ukraine.

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