The film Optical Axis attempts to understand the changes undergone by the Russian people over the last hundred years by juxtaposing contemporary footage with photographs taken at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries by Russian realist photographer Maksim Dmitriev. These historic images were enlarged and printed as life-size posters, which then traveled with the film crew to the sites where the photographs were originally created. People of all social classes, backgrounds and occupations were invited to confront their counterparts from a hundred years back, and then to share their thoughts about their own lives and what they saw in the photographs.
Marina Razbezhkina is a film director, screenwriter, and producer, who is the author of over 30 documentary films and 2 full-length feature films. A winner at numerous Russian and international film festivals, Razbezhkina has been honored with a national Laurus Award, and admitted as a member of the KinoSoyuz Guild of Russian Film Directors, the Guild of Documentary Cinema and Television, the Nika Russian Academy of Cinema Arts, and the European Film Academy. Along with Mikhail Ugarov, she founded and directs a Documentary Film and Theatre School in Moscow.
The film screening will be a featured part of the focus on Russian cinema in the Message to Man Night of Documentary Film, which will be held simultaneously in over 20 movie theaters across Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The program brings together some of the most prominent and important documentary filmmakers in Russia in recent years, including Vitaly Mansky, Sergei Loznitsa, Aliona Polunina, Evgeny Mitta, Sergey Loban, Maria Razbezhkina, and more. These directors have agreed to screen their films free of charge.
The international festival Message to Man – the first festival dedicated to documentary films – was founded more than 25 years ago in St. Petersburg.
For a full schedule of screenings, check the program for the Message to Man Night of Documentary Film: http://message2man.com/rus/news/id/nochkinomessage/