Victor Kossakovsky Retrospective

Long Live The Antipodes!

Victor Kossakovsky
Screening time  
02.03. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5  
Where would you end up if you were to dig a tunnel straight down from one side of the world to the other?

This question has aroused the fantasy of many writers, children and now documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky. He did not just fantasise about it, but really went on a journey (albeit not through the earth) to film four pairs of antipodes: Argentina and China, Spain and New Zealand, Hawaii and Botswana, and Russia and Chile. There is no narrative to provide direction – instead, Kossakovsky lets us wander around the world while the music tells us where we are. In contrast to his earlier work, ¡Vivan las Antipodas! is a grander cinematic portrait in which landscape plays a more important role than the people in it.


Victor Kossakovsky

Victor Kossakovsky is a Russian documentary filmmaker, born 1961 in Leningrad. In 1978 he began working at the Leningrad Studio for Documentary Film as an assistant DoP, assistant director and editor. In 1988 he finished the College for Film Writers and Directors in Moscow. In many of his films, Kossakovsky plays the role of editor, cinematographer, writer and director. He started his own film production company in St. Petersburg, Kossakovsky Film Production, with the objective of creating a cinema of poetry and reality. ZagrebDox screened a retrospective of his films in 2013. Filmography: ¡Vivan las Antipodas! (2011), Svyato (2005), Hush! (2003), Russia from My Window (2003), I Loved You… (Three Romances) (2000), Pavel and Lyalya (1999), Wednesday 19.07.1961 (1997), Belovy (1994), The Other Day (1991).

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¡Vivan las antipodas!

Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Chile
2011, 104', video

Directed by:
Victor Kossakovsky

Screenplay by:
Victor Kossakovsky

Victor Kossakovsky

Edited by:
Victor Kossakovsky

Alexander Popov

Heino Deckert

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