Marina Razbezhkina, documentary and narrative film director, producer, and founder of the Documentary Film and Theatre School, has been selected as President of the Jury for the main competition at the 7th On the Edge Film Festival.
Marina Razbezhkina has won numerous awards at prestigious film festivals, including Thessaloniki, Moscow, Jeonju, and Chicago, as well as the Laurel Prize.
Aleksei Agranovich, On the Edge General Manager:
«Above all, our choice of the president was dictated by this year’s theme: «Sakhalin. Autobiography.» In the spring of 2018, an eponymous exhibition will open, loosely based on the festival workshops. Before you tell a story about yourself and the world you live in, you have to see it first.
The Razbezhkina School, whose students and alumni define the contemporary landscape of Russian documentary filmmaking all over the world, has an unofficial slogan: «We change the lens.» Indeed, Razbezhkina’s teaching style helps you to change the lens through which you perceive reality, and to see the value in difference and the unique in the quotidian. That’s why in addition to presiding over the jury, Marina Razbezhkina will also conduct a master class for aspiring filmmakers from the region entitled «Filming Fearlessly: Here and Now.»
The main competition jury will also comprise actor Pyotr Fyodorov and actress/director Alisa Khazanova.
Pyotr Fyodorov has made a name for himself in such Russian blockbusters as Dark Planet and Stalingrad (both directed by Fedor Bondarchuk); The Icebreaker (Nikolay Khomeriki); Rodina (Pyotr Buslov); and The Duelist (Alexey Mizgirev). He also appeared in, produced, and scored Pavel Bardin’s Russia 88 and Gop-Stop, and directed a handful of independent films of his own.
Alisa Khazanova had worked at the Bolshoi Theatre as a ballerina before she got a start in film. Over the last ten years, she has appeared in movies by Nikolay Khomeriki, Boris Khlebnikov, Vasiliy Sigarev, and Renata Litvinova. In 2017, Khazanova unveiled her directorial debut Middleground at the Moscow IFF (Main Competition).
Foreign members of the jury include Japanese animation director and artist Koji Yamamura, and Indian producer and director Anand Gandhi, who took home the 4th On the Edge Grand Prix.
Koji Yamamura was nominated for an Oscar for his Mount Head in 2003. He has also won trophies at the animation festival in Annecy (France), Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Leipzig, and Zagreb. His A Country Doctor (2007) has been recognized as one of the best Kafka adaptations in the history of world cinema.
Anand Gandhi is CEO of a film studio in Mumbai, India’s filmmaking capital. A music producer, he also produces documentaries and narrative features. Educated as a philosopher, Gandhi lectures on and teaches filmmaking to children all over India. In 2014, his Ship of Theseus was awarded the Grand Prix at the Sakhalin IFF.