Masters of Dox

Sport Kids - Varicella

Victor Kossakovsky
Screening time  
27.02. / Saturday, 20:00 - 21:30 Theatre 2  
Tender and trustful portraits of the sisters who study in the most prestigious Academy of Russian Ballet

Two talented sisters Nastia (13) and Polina (7) study in the most prestigious Academy of Russian Ballet after being selected from 5500 kids. Acclaimed director Victor Kossakovsky portraits the tender and trustful relationship of the sisters, who share one big dream: to become a soloist ballet dancer. They are fully devoted to their six-hour daily training at the Academy. Sport Kids – Varicella is a film from the series of six documentary films about talented kids who are dedicated to their sport at a serious level are exciting, dramatic and engaging real life stories from the world of sport with all the challenges it may bring, looking at the kid's relationships and issues like parental pressure, sacrifices, friendship and gender related issues.


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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Denmark, Norway, Sweden
2015, 25'

Directed by:
Victor Kossakovsky

Ben Berhard

Edited by:
Vlad Grishin

Ivan Bessonov, Cziffra Gyoögy, Elvira Kobtzeva, Leonid Levashkevich, Jean-Babtise Lully, Elena Miltz

Tone Grøttjord-Glenne, Anita Rehoff Larsen

Produced by:
Sant & Usant, Final Cut for Real ApS, DR, NRK, Det Danske Filminstitut

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2015 – Honorable Mention