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Short Stories

Rasskazi

Mikhail Segal’s four contrasting stories provide an absurd and comic take on a Russia preoccupied with the values of the new consumerism.

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  • Director-Screenwriter Mikhail Segal
  • Producer Anastasia Kavunovskaya, Andrei Kretov
  • With Andrei Merzlikin, Igor Ugolnikov, Tamara Mironova
  • Russia 2012
  • 105 mins
  • Sales RuMedia

At the beginning of Mikhail Segal’s film, an author approaches a publishing house with a selection of stories and is told there is no market for them. However, as various people open the book, they each find themselves drawn into an imaginary reality. The first story tells of a wedding organiser who can fix anything, including the future, while the second traces a course from petty bribery to political duplicity. In the third, the librarian of the Pushkin Library assists the police with her psychic powers ‘just like on television’, while in the fourth, a middle-aged man’s encounters with a sexually voracious young woman are interspersed with a discussion on the history of the Soviet Union. She loves Animal Planet but knows very little about Trotsky. Segal’s elliptical satire is achieved with precision and style – a nice counterbalance to the dark masterpieces of his contemporaries.
Peter Hames

Director statement

Short Stories is my second full-length film. I came back to the screen at the beginning of 2011 after several years of literary work. I produced a short film, Mir krepezha, which became the most popular Russian short film of 2011. Then I decided to make a full-length movie based upon it. The history of Short Stories’ creation is absolutely atypical for a contemporary Russian movie, where producers have their own ‘regular’ way of movie-making.
Mikhail Segal

Director biography

Born in 1974 in Orel, Russia, he entered the Directors Department at the Russian State University of Cinematography in 1995, but left after a year and began making music videos for rock and hip-hop artists. In 2006 he presented his first full-length film, Franz + Polina, based on the novel Dumb by Ales Adamovich, at the Moscow International Film Festival. The love story between an SS soldier and a Byelorussian girl coming from an occupied village won wide recognition internationally. 2010 saw the publication of his first book of prose, Youth, comprising a novel and several short stories.

Filmography

2006 Franz + Polina
2011 Mir krepezha (Fastener Solutions) [s]
2012 Rasskazi (Short Stories)


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