Dimitry Kubasov: Alekhin

Kubasov is one of the directors behind ”Winter, Go Home”, a graduate from the school of Marina Razbezhkina. This film, I can see from the end titles, comes from the same source and deals with the writer Evgeny Alekhin (photo), talented writer and desperado, in opposition to the system and its politics and in conflict with himself, wanting to write the big Russian novel at the same title as he in a consequent way takes whatever drug and alcohol to get away from it all. In the film he is with his girlfriend Oksana, who is part of the self-destruction aggressive environment they live in. I cant’t see from the film if they have a child together, or if it is his child, but there is a sweet scene where Alekhin reads Kafka to the baby, in the flat where most of the very intimate situations between the couple take place, with cut-in’s of Alekhin singing/rapping his texts in the band he plays with, or scenes with him totally stoned in the metro.

I know it is another time, another background, and they are older, the couple in this film but – with words from Juris Podnieks in 1984: is it easy to be young? Apparently not for a Rimbaud character as is Alekhin – is he a valid representative for a Russian artist generation that sees no hope and acts increasingly self-destructive? “I want to be a dead, stupid cunt”, as one of his pals says to the camera.

Russia, 43 mins., 2013

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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