Director of Photography
Alexey Serebryakov (Anton)
Alexey Serebryakov is one of the most celebrated Russian actors of his generation. With over 150 films to his credit, he has been honoured with many awards in Russia and throughout the world. He played the lead role in the Andrey Zvyagintsev’s 2014 masterpiece Leviathan.
Alexey was born July 3, 1964 and had his first leading film role at the age of 12. By the time he graduated from Moscow’s venerable theatre school GITIS in 1986, he had already accumulated 6 film credits as a leading actor.
After graduating, Alexey started work at the Oleg Tabakov Theatre. In 1991 Alexey started to fully devote his career to film acting. Since then he has appeared in over 150 movies.
His most notable films are CARGO 200, directed by Aleksey Balabanov, The Penal Battalion directed by Nikolai Dostal, GLOSS directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy, IVANOV directed by Vadim Dubrovitskiy, Once Upon a Time, and, There Lived a Woman directed by Andrey Smirnov. He has won numerous awards for his leading role in Leviathan.
Evgenia Brik (Katya)
Evgenia attended the Rostropovich Music scholl and the Stanislavsky Theatre School of Acting between before enrolling in the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (RATI) where she graduated in 2004. She has been nominated for multiple acting awards includes a Nika Award for Best Supporting Role in the film Hipsters and at the ‘Flashes Film Festival’ for Best Supporting Role in the film Vice.
She has appeared in fourteen feature films, five of which has seen her in a main role. She is best known for her Bugi Na Kostyakh (2008), Geograf Globus Propil (2013), and Ticksi (2007). Her experience in television encompasses 12 prominent drama serials for Russian TV including Matrioshki, Men Do Not Cry, Bay Philip, Love Like Motive, and Time for Two.
In theatre, she has played the lead role in Behind The Closed Door (Dir. J Sartr) in the Moscow Drama Theatre, and HOMAGE TO YALTA (Dir. I. Brodsky) in the Sovremennik Theatre. A fluent English speaker, Evgenia currently lives between Los Angeles and Moscow
Yuriy Stoyanov (Valery)
Yuriy Stoyanov has featured in 59 films from 1974 to 2015 and won a Golden Eagle award in 2008 for Best Actor in Nikita Mikhailkov's film 12. He is also known for his roles in Rabbit Over The Void (2006), and Landysh Serebristyy (2000).
Yuriy was born in Odessa in 1957. He graduated from the School of Young Actors at the Odessa Film Studio. In 1974, Yuriy was accepted to the A.V Lunacharsky State Institute of Theatrical Arts and upon graduating, was invited to perform in the Bolshoi Drama Theatre in Leningrad, led by the renowned Director Georgi Tovstonogov.
Yuriy’s most famous role in the theatre was the role of Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s play “AMADEUS.” In 1989 Yuriy teamed up with Ilya Oleynikov to create The Little Town, which became the most popular and award-winning comedy show on Russian television airing for 20 years. Described it as a unique encyclopedia of Russian life, the comedy was co-written, directed and co-produced by Stoyanov.
Mikhail Efremov (Vladimir)
Mikhail Efremov was born in Moscow in 1963 is one of Russia’s most cherished and popular actors. He was born into a theatrical dynasty. His father Oleg Efremov was one of the most popular actors of the Soviet Union.
Efremov’s career started as a young boy and since then he has appeared in over 200 films. One of his early breakthrough leading roles was in the hugely popular When I Become a Giant.
In 1987, he graduated from the Moscow Arts Theatre School and founded the theatre-studio Contemporary-2. Between 1991 and 1996, Mikhail performed at the Anton Chekhov Moscow Arts Theatre. Between 2011 and March 2012, Efremov performed in the hugely popular topical satirical poetry project Citizen Poet. The project fell foul of the Russian TV censors but found a new home on youtube, where it became a massive cult sensation in Russia.
Throughout his illustrious career, Mikhail has been decorated with many awards including the MTV Music Awards Russia for Best Comedic Performance for his role in Tochka (2006), at the Nika Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Park Sovetskogo Perioda (2006), and he won Best Supporting Actor at the 2002 Nika Awards for his role in Granitsa Tayozhnyy Roman (2001).
Lubov Aksenova’s (Kcenia)
Lubov Aksenova is Russia's most exciting young star, having recently played the female lead 'Eva' in Russia’s biggest-ever budget film, Motherland.
She first came to prominence playing the ditzy student in Short Stories (winner of Best Film at the Dublin Film Festival 2012) and followed this with roles in Lybit Ne Lytbit and Shipovnik before landing another leading role 'Kesnia' in Moscow Never Sleeps directed by Irishman Johnny O'Reilly. In 2014, she played the recurring role of 'Marina' in the TV series Vyzhit Posle. Lubov was awarded the Spotlight European Breakthrough Award at the recent Subtitle Film Festival.
Oleg Dolin (Ilya)
OLEG DOLIN was born in 1981. He graduated from the acting department of the Boris Shukin Theatre institute, and subsequently in 2009 from in the directing courses in Moscow’s renowned college GITIS. In that same year, he won the prestigious Best Acting award from his leading role in arthouse drama Wild Field. He has appeared in over a dozen feature films including the wildly popular radio drama, Peter FM and in 2012 The Relative. He is based in Moscow with his wife and four kids and has been performing with the Theatre School of Modern Drama since 2003.
Anastasia Shalonko (Lera)
Anastasia Shalonko was born in 1998 and is currently in secondary school in Moscow. Anastasia is also a correspondent and the lead presenter for the children’s channel "TeensVoice.tv". She plays the piano and guitar, and plays in the vocal-theatrical studio and dance studio "Todes"
Anastasia has appeared in minor roles in many TV films and dramas. Moscow Never Sleeps is her first major role in a feature film.
Elena Babenko (Marina)
Elena Babenko was born in 1972 in Kemerovo, USSR. Before embarking on an acting career, she studied applied mathematics and cybernetics in Tomsk State University. While in her fifth year, she met renowned TV director Vitaly Babenko. She dropped out of university and moved to Moscow, where she married Vitaly soon after and gave birth to their son, Nikita. In 2000, Elena graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).
Elena has appeared in over 20 Russian film, the most prominent of which was her leading role in Pavel Chukray's classic A Driver for Vera for which nominated Best actress and won discovery of the year award and at the 2005 Nikas. She was also nominated as Best Actress for her role in Best Actress for her role in Indi at the 2007 MTV awards.
Tamara Spiricheva (Vera)
Tamara Spiricheva was born in 1940. After graduating from the Gorkovski theatre studio in 1960, Tamara worked in drama theaters in Archangel, Simferopol, and Kirov. Between 1971 and 1998, she was an actress at the Gogol Moscow Theatre. Since 1992, she has also regularly performed with in the Russian spiritual theatre GLASS and at the Literary-Dramatic Theatre VTO (Russian Theatre Society).
She is known for her roles in the films We Are From the Future (2008), Cherv (2006), and Knyazhna Iz Khrushchyovki (2013) In 2004, she was awarded a place on the list of Honored Artists of the Russian Federation.
Rustam Akhmadeyev (Arto)
Rustam Akhmadeyev was born in 1986. In 2010 he graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). His debut film performance was in Andrey Zvyagintsev's Elena in 2011 and he has featured in multiple television series such as Gratch (2012) and Podari Mnye Voskresenya (2012).
Akhmadeyev has also had many theatre roles including Istoria Mamonta by A. Ivanov (Director. E. Granitova), Unizhennii I Ockorblennii by F. Dostoyevskii (Director. S. Zemlyakova), Pechalnaya Istoriya Odnoi Pari (Director. O. Glushkov)
Elena Safonova (Natasha)
Elena Safonova graduated from Moscow's No. 37 school in 1973 and began studying in the Russian State Gerasimov University of Cinematography (VGIK). She received a Nika Award in 1997 for Best Actress in her role in The President and His Woman, and was nominated for Best Actress at the 2000 Nika Awards for her role in Zhenckaka Sobstvennost as well as Best Supporting Actress in Poklonik (1999).
Sergei Belov (Stepan)
Sergei was born on the 21st of January 1986 in Alexandrov, Russia. In 2007 he graduated from Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), and since 2008 he has been an actor in the Moscow Theatre for Young People (MTUZ). He has featured in multiple television series including Tolko TI (2011), Uchitel v Zakonye 2 (2010), and Otbleski (2009).
Johnny O'Reilly (Writer/Director/Producer)
A graduate of Russian at Trinity College Dublin, Johnny worked as a journalist in Moscow and in Dublin in the early 1990’s and then attended post-graduate studies in film at New York University.
His first short film, Empire State, was written and directed by Johnny in New York in 1997. Since then, Johnny has worked solidly in the TV and film industry, building up credits as a writer and director of documentaries, TV commercials and films including the short film The Terms, which won 21 prizes at international film festivals and was shortlisted for the 2003 Oscars.
In 2005, Johnny teamed up with Mike Figgis to co-write and co-direct an experimental feature film, Coma. Since 2006, Johnny has lived in Moscow, working as a producer and director on a variety of Russian and foreign co-productions. He co-wrote and directed the Russian-language thriller Pryachsya (The Weather Station), which was released worldwide in 2011. Johnny currently lives in Los Angeles.
Katie Holly (Producer)
Katie Holly is Managing Director of Blinder Films, where she has produced several award-winning and critically acclaimed features including One Hundred Mornings (2009), Sensation, (2010), Citadel (2012) and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.
Her latest feature, Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship (starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, and Stephen Fry) recently premiered to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival 2016 and will be released in the US by Amazon and Roadside Attractions and in the UK by Curzon Artificial Eye in May of this year.
Another recent release is The Queen of Ireland, a feature documentary about accidental activist Panti Bliss; recently picked up by Universal Pictures for distribution in the UK and Ireland, went on to secure the highest opening box-office of any Irish documentary to date.
Her next project will be Grace Jones: The Musical of My Life, a documentary on the musical and fashion icon to be directed by Sophie Fiennes.
Katie has also produced and exec-Produced comedy series for RTE including the award-winning The Savage Eye and Irish Pictorial Weekly.
She is a graduate of EAVE, Inside Pictures, was a former Producer on the Move at Cannes, and is a member of the board of the Irish Film Board.
Roman Litvinov (aka Mujuice) (Composer)
Mujuice is the musical alias of Roman Litvinov, a Russian musician, songwriter, film score composer, visual artist and designer.
Mujuice is a Moscow-based artist who is at the forefront of electronica in Russia. His music combines the robotic glitches of modern electronic music with dense layers of natural sounds. Working without a formal musical education, he started experimenting with electronica when still a teenager and released his first album SUPERQUEER in 2004. His early works were sparsely arranged electronic compositions akin to European minimalist electronica. Since then he has released four full albums.
Even though his music relies on sampling methods, Mujuice uses a wide range of available resources and composes his own melodies. Blurring the lines between genres, he borrows elements from acoustic jazz and the orchestrated grandeur of Russian composers such as Dmitry Shostakovich and combines these elements with clicks'n'cuts, micro-sampling and glitch tech.
Over the course of his career, he has walked the line between delicate instrumental and pop songs sung in a mixture of Russian and English. Mujuice’s work is a testament to the cramped nature of his native city, stuffing lush, highly counterpointed string samples into deep beds of 90s boom-bap drum breaks.
Among the awards he holds are GQ Russia Musician of The Year 2011. He has performed across the world at festivals including Transmusicales Rennes, Sonar Barcelona, Fusion Berlin, SXSW Austin. He also presented a personal multimedia exhibition "Mujuice / Metamorphosis" with print art, sound and visual installations at MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2014.
Fedor Lyass (Director of Photography)
Fedor Lyass was born in Moscow in 1979. He graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1995. Fedor shot his first feature film in 2006, and since then has completed 12 feature films and two TV shows. He has worked with many of the top Russian mainstream and independent directors and has won many prestigious Russian cinematography awards.
In 2012, Fedor shot DUKHLESS, the highest grossing Russian film of the year, which was directed by Roman Prygunov and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Golden Eagle Awards. He also shot the film, I’LL BE AROUND, which won the Grand Prize at 2012 Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi.
Among his credits are the TV series OTTEPEL, directed by Valeriy Todorovskiy which won the Film & TV Producers Association Award for Best Cinematography and a TEFI Award for Best TV Series 2013. He also shot the controversial series SHKOLA, directed by Valeria Gai Germanika, which won Best Cinematography at the Golden Horn Awards 2011. Fedor was Director of Photography on the renowned documentary MEDIASTAN, written by Julian Assange.
Fedor’s upcoming projects include MOSCOW NEVER SLEEPS, a international co-production directed by Johnny O'Reilly, HADCORE, directed by Ilya Naishuller and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, and due for US release later in 2015.
A short film directed by Fedor in New York in December 2014 has just been completed and has been selected for the Tribeca Film Festival Short Film Competition in April 2015.
Ekaterina Zaletaeva (Production Designer)
Ekaterina Zaletaeva is one of Russia’s top Production Designers. She is based between Moscow and Budapest where she runs the successful production services company ORYX FILM. She was born in 1966 into a prominent family of scientists. In her teenage years, Ekaterina developed a passion for animation. By the age of 16 she was already employed by the legendary Soviet Animation studio SOYUZMULTFILM, where she designed over a dozen animations.
Ekaterina studied at the production design faculty in VGIK in 1989. Since then she has designed over 30 feature films and dozens of TV dramas. She worked with Andrey Konchalovsky on his film GLOSS, with Fyodor Bondarcuk on his box office smash THE 9TH COMPANY, on Disney Russia’s production of CINDERELLA and with director Philip Yankovsky on his film IN MOTION. Ekaterina is a specialist in hand-drawn art of animal portraiture and is considered one of most technically proficient painters of animal art in Russia.