True/False Film Festival to Honor Russian Director

6 years 5 months 1 week ago Monday, February 06 2012 Feb 6, 2012 Monday, February 06, 2012 2:04:00 PM CST February 06, 2012 in News
By: Jessica Sibert

COLUMBIA - The True/False Film Festival plans to honor Russian Director Victor Kossakovsky as its 2012 True Vision Award recipient.

For the last nine years, the festival's True Vision Award has honored filmmakers who try to challenge traditional documentary and non-fiction filmmaking through creativity and innovation.

A "master of his craft," Kossakovsky has won awards at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Dok Leipzif Festival. The filmmaker has also started his very own production company, based in St. Petersburg.

The True/False Film Festival and Museum of Modern Art in New York have partnered together to showcase the Russian director's work in America. His most recent film, !Vivan las Antipodas!, will show at the Museum of Modern Art in February. It can then be seen at the True/False festival March 1-4.

!Vivan las Antipodas! is a film that captures imagery of the Earth's antipodal pairs-locations on the planet directly opposite of one another. The film compares Argentina and China, Spain and New Zealand, Chile and Russia, and Botswana and Hawaii. It was met with critical acclaim after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Local Columbia artist, Larry Young, awarded Kossakovsky with a bronze edition of an original sculpture. Kossakovsky also received $5,000 in credit towards post-production work at AlphaCine Labs in Seattle.

Past honorees include Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2004), Stephen Marshall (2005), Kirby Dick (2006), Brett Morgen (2007), Alex Gibney (2008), Kim Longinotto (2009), Laura Poitras (2010), and James March (2011).

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