28TH Haifa International Film Festival
Chol Hamoed 29.09 - 8.10
Dir.: Avdotya Smirnova
Pro.: Sergey Selyanov
Sc.: Anna Parmas, Avdotya Smirnova
DP.: Maksim Osadchiy
Ed.: Yulia Batalova
Music: Sergey Shnurov'
Cast: Anna Mikhalkova, Yana Troyanova, Anna Parmas, Yulia Snigir, Konstantin Shelestun, Yevgeni Muravich
Source: Intercinema Agency, Moscow
100 min., Russian, Hebrew and English subtitles
In the morning there's the job in the museum of ethnography, in the evening there are news on Ren-TV, and on days off there is sex with the ex-husband. Lisa is a typical representative of the intelligentsia. Vika, on the other hand, is a true provincial girl. For her, the holiday in St. Petersburg consists of vodka, parties and adventures. It seems that the two have nothing in common. However, by chance they meet and find common ground: water and fire, a nun and a libertine, the intelligentsia and the people. Lisa and Vika are two sides of the same coin by the name of Russia. Kokoko is a never-ending comedy of Russian life!
Avdotya Smirnova was born in Moscow in 1969 and graduated from the Faculty of Philology of Moscow State University. She worked as a journalist, a book reviewer, a TV presenter and a scriptwriter. Since 1995 Smirnova has been working with Alexei Uchitel and has written the scripts for four of his films. In 2006 she made her own directorial debut. Kokoko, her third feature film, won the Best Actress Award for both actresses at the 2012 Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr and another prize at the 2012 Moscow Festival.
Filmography: Contact (2006), Fathers and Children (TV, 2008), Two Days (2001)