Oleg Klimov: Letters to Myself

Oleg Klimov: Letters to Myself
Regisseur: Masha Novikova

For twelve years, war photographer Oleg Klimov documented the disintegration of the Soviet Union. He was present at almost all conflicts and ethnic tensions in the 90s. His photographs appeared on the front pages of many Western newspapers as silent witnesses of the war in the former Soviet Union. Oleg's career as a photographer has also had a personal effect on him. After all those years, he unexpectedly faces a war trauma. Longing for inner peace Oleg returns to some of the areas where he has photographed during wartime: Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and Chechnya. In addition to Oleg's memories other realities arise: those of the people he then photographed.

director

director

Masha Novikova

Masha Novikova (Moskou 1956) became known with journalistic documentaries as In the Holy Fire of Revolution (2008), about the battle Gary Kasparov fought for a new Russia; Anna, seven years in the frontline (2008), about journalist Anna Politkovskaya that was killed in 2006 (Amnesty Award Planet Doc Warshaw 2008; Special Mention Prize, 44a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema Pesaro Italy; Special Juryprize, Festival of Liberties Brussels; Audience Award de Verzio 5 Doc Film Festival, Budapest) and 
Three Comrades, about three Chechen friends of which two were killed during the Chechen wars (Special Mention Prize, Planete Doc Review, Poland; GRAND PRIZE of Ismailia International Festival for documentary and Short Films, Egypt; PRIZE  for best investigation documentary DocLisboa; Special Mention Prize, MARFICI (International Independent Film festival of Mar del Plata, Argentinie); Premiere: Amnesty IFF  2007–  best film and cinema release in Dutch Cinemas; SEGUNDO PREMIO TIEMPO DE HISTORIA, Vallidolid, Spanie – november 2006; One World Praag 2007– selected for screening-trip at 36 international Film Festivals such as Sundance and Locarno).
Sweet Smoke of the Fatherland was nominated for Best Dutch feature Documentary at the Dutch Film Festival 2012. For more information: Novdoc.

credits

credits

Written & directed by: Masha Novikova
Camera: Pavel Filippov, Masha Novikova

Sound: Anatoly Turikov, Varvara Belous
Editor: Michiel Hazebroek
Music & soundmix: Jeroen Goeijers

Executive producer: Judith Vreriks

Commissioning editor: Margje de Koning, IKON

Produced by: Frank van den Engel

A co-production with IKON TV
This production was supported by the Dutch Cultural Mediafund

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news

Masha Novikova nominated voor Dutch Award for Best short Documentary!

Masha Novikova's documentary OLEG KLIMOV: BRIEVEN AAN JEZELF is nominated voor the Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht, the Dutch Award for Best Short Documentary. According to the jury the documentary "flawlessly shows that in the conflict of the photographer the pain of today's Russia is shown". The award ceremony will be held in Utrecht, October 3rd. 

Letters to Yourself selected for Yerevan Int. Film Festival

Masha Novikova's latest documentary Letters to Yourself will be screened at the Yerevan International Film Festival in Armenia (July 13-20). The film is included in a special program about Armenia and the people from Armenia. The director of the film will attend the festival, and one one the characters from the documentary will be there as well.

'Letters to Myself' in Prague and Bratislava

After being screened at the Frontline Club in London, Masha Novikova's Letters to Myself will be shown at Frontline Club meetings in Bratislava (May 26) and Prague (May 28). Oleg Klimov himself will attend both screenings and do a Q&A. 

Exhibition Oleg Klimov in Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

In addition to the documentary Letters to Myself, the Dutch Museum for Photography Huis Marseille organises an exhibition with photographs by Oleg Klimov (1964). The Russian photographer Oleg Klimov depicts Russia's relationship with water, travelling to these places by sea and waterways. The photographs that were the starting point for the documentary are shown here, as well as the documentary Letters to myself.

Wednesday December 11 Oleg Klimov: Letters to myself on TV

The film Oleg Klimov: Letters to myself by Masha Novikova will be shown at 22.55 hours on the Dutch channel IKON Nederland 2. The film tells the story about war photographer Oleg Klimov, who’s dealing after twelve years with a terrible war trauma.

Special Screening Letters to Myself

Cinema De Balie in Amsterdam organises a special screening of the documentary Letters to Myself by Masha Novikova on Sunday, December 8 at 15:00 hrs. The film is about war photographer Oleg Klimov. Masha Novikova and Oleg Klimov will be present this afternoon.

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