The new documentary film by Voronezh director Dina Barinova “Potato Eaters” received a special prize from the jury of the main competition of the 12th International Artdocfest festival on Wednesday, December 12. This was announced by Marina Razbezhkina, Russian scriptwriter, film director, director and founder of the School of Documentary Film and Theater on her Facebook page.

Artdocfest International Festival, Russia’s largest documentary film festival in terms of the number of participants and the scope of the business program, was held from the 6th to the 12th of December simultaneously in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The program 2018 included 129 films from 18 countries. The festival jury members were film critic Zara Abdullayeva, theater director Alvis Hermanis, journalist, CEO and founder of Meduza news project Galina Timchenko.

The prize to Dina Barinova was presented by the President of Artdocfest festival, director Vitaly Mansky. The girl was given a microphone for professional sound recording.

– We will finally hear what the characters in your films say, Vitaly Mansky said playfully.

– This is a really practical gift – I have always had problems with sound, the girl answered.

“Potato Eaters” film is a modern cinematic rethinking of the same name film by Vincent Van Gogh. The shooting took place in the village. The main characters are grandmother Svetlana and grandfather Victor, who live with their son Sergey and their grandchildren in complete poverty. Their main food is potatoes and cabbage.

The film participated in the prestigious festival of European cinema International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam 2018. The film forum was held in Amsterdam from the 14th to the 25th of November. Film critics call the international competition documentary Cannes. In 2013, Dina Barinova also participated in this film festival with her debut film “Forgiveness Day”.

The winners of Artdocfest 2018, in addition to Dina Barinova, were Danish film director Simon Lereng Wilmont (for the film “The Distant Barking of Dogs”), Ukrainian directors Alexander Techinsky (“Delta”) and Alisa Kovalenko (“Home Games”).

RIA “Voronezh” note for information

Dina Barinova is a graduate of the Voronezh Department of Journalism, a winner of international competitions, a student of Marina Razbezhkina’s Documentary Film and Theater School (a member of the jury of the Kinotavr festival) and Mikhail Ugarov (Russian playwright and director, artistic director of Theatre.doc).

In 2015, Dina Barinova opened free documentary courses in the Voronezh studio of screen creativity “Telescope”. Her students were teenagers from 13 to 18 years old, including Daria Shibanova, Anastasia Zhukova, Anna Gunkina, Yulia Fomina, Marina Kozinova, Alina Stepanenko, Anastasia Shamaeva. Their films were repeatedly screened in the Voronezh Gallery “H.L.A.M”, the House of Human Rights, at the All-Russian Film Festival “Artdocfest” and in the Moscow “Theater.doc”.