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27 July 14:30

The Bottle House, New Holland Island

Public talk with Kirill Mikhanovsky and Alice Austen

In the 90s, after emigrating from Russia to the United States, director Kirill Mikhanovsky worked as an ambulance driver, just like the main character of Give Me Liberty, a member of the Russian community in Milwaukee. In this film, there is a lot of autobiography, and for various reasons, it was the most difficult in his career as a director.

At the meeting with the audience, Kirill Mikhanovsky and сo-scriptwriter Alice Austen will talk about how cinema grows from personal experience, how to build a universal statement by working with autobiographical material, how different film production systems in Russia and America are and how financial and other restrictions can be transformed into artistic reception. A separate point to be discussed, will be about working with non-professional actors and local communities, who played an important role in the creation of Give Me Liberty. At the end of the meeting, viewers will be able to give questions to the authors of the film and one of the main actors, Maxim Stoyanov.

Admission is free of charge. Public talk is delivered in Russian and English with сonsecutive translation. Attendees must register in advance (link in Russian). The partner of the event is the US Embassy in Russia.
фото Kirill Mikhanovsky

Kirill Mikhanovsky

Film director

Russian born Mikhanovsky’s first feature, the Brazilian SONHOS DE PEIXE (Fish Dreams) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (Critics’ Week) and received the Prix Regard Jeune. INHALE EXHALE screened at Amsterdam Documentary IFF, Clermont-Ferrand, and Khanty-Manjinsk, Russia (Special Jury Prize). Current projects are GIVE ME LIBERTY, Writer/Director; COMING TO YOU, Writer/Director (post-production, 2016 Sundance Institute Skywalker Sound Lab, 2016 Sundance Institute post-production grantee); Koguashvili’s BRIGHTON FOUR, Assoc. Producer (post-production); and JIMMY SALVADOR, Director (pre-production, 2018 SFFS Rainin Finalist). Mikhanovsky is a 2015 Film Independent Fast Track and Producer Lab and 2016 Brico Forward Grantee for GIVE ME LIBERTY.

фото Alice Austen

Alice Austen


Austen studied law and Creative Writing at Harvard University. A former international lawyer, Austen represented Vaclav Havel’s Czech Republic. Her current film projects include: GIVE ME LIBERTY, writer/producer with Mikhanovsky; JIMMY SALVADOR, writer/producer; EMILIE, writer; THE MERCY SEAT, writer with director Alix Delaporte. Austen has received residencies from Film Independent and the Royal Court (London), Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres, among others.

фото Maxim Stoyanov

Maxim Stoyanov


Born in the city of Bender, Moldova. He graduated from the Polytechnic College. In 2013 he graduated from the acting course at the school-studio of the Moscow Art Theater (workshop of Konstantin Raikin), actor at the A.P. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater, has played in the performances of Marina Brusnikina, Kirill Serebrennikov and other theater directors.