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A ST. PETERSBURG SYMPHONY


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A ST. PETERSBURG SYMPHONY


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THE FILM


The National Library of Russia is a relic of state control and protection, affording the people who work and study within its walls some sanctuary from what is going on outside.

THE FILM


The National Library of Russia is a relic of state control and protection, affording the people who work and study within its walls some sanctuary from what is going on outside.

 

Among them is Vasily Zvarychuk, curator of Russia’s largest collection of recorded music and resident conductor.

He is a man that lives for music with a passion that somehow transcends the material tragedy of today’s post-communist Russia.

 
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SYNOPSIS


SYNOPSIS


Vasily takes us from within the library’s labyrinthine vaults and magnificent reading rooms out into the desolate northern suburbs of the city.

 

 

 

 

 

‘A St. Petersburg Symphony’ is an impressionistic reflection on devotion and resilience, both elegy and hosannah to the spirit which carries people above the indignity of reality.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND


BACKGROUND


In my graduating year at The National Film & Television School we were given the freedom to make a film about almost any subject we wanted, and I knew that I had to take this opportunity to visit Russia.  As a child I spent a lot of time with my Russian grandmother, a brilliant story-teller who immersed me in Russian language, culture and food.  Going to Russia for the first time in 1999 felt like a return.

 

I set out to make a film about the National Library in St. Petersburg, a place first described to me by my uncle who had visited as a newspaper correspondent for the Times in the 1960’s. 

It was the idea of sanctuary and spiritual calm in the midst of the chaos that drew me to this subject, and I loved the passion and emotion of the Russians, their directness and their inherent interest in high ideals and philosophy.

 

 

 
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PRODUCTION TEAM


PRODUCTION TEAM


A graduation film for THE NATIONAL FILM & TV SCHOOL, U.K., 28' 35mm colour stereo.

 

Directed by SASHA SNOW

Produced by ELENA SNOW & SASHA SNOW

Photography DAVID KATZNELSON

Executive Producer DICK FONTAINE

Film Editor TORKEL GJORV

Sound Recording & Mixing SVEN TAITS

EXCERPT


EXCERPT



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AWARDS/FESTIVALS


AWARDS/FESTIVALS


VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SILVER SPIKE, SPAIN 2000.

This film is honored not only for its visual skill but for the value it places on the individual in a world of total decadence.

BBC SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, U.K. 2000

MESSAGE TO MAN FILM FESTIVAL, ST. PETERSBURG, 2003.

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM (IDFA), 2005.

SHEFFIELD DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL, NFTS RETROSPECTIVE, 2005


TELEVISION BROADCASTS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (UK) AND SBS (AUSTRALIA).

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