Sergey Dvortsevoy (born in 1962) worked as an aviation engineer before studying film in Moscow in the early 1990s. His films immediately garnered international acclaim, receiving prizes and recognition at festivals around the world, including the nomination of Bread Day (1998) for the prestigious Joris Ivens Award at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. The following year his work was presented at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, an institution dedicated to Flaherty’s adherence to the goal of seeing and depicting the human condition. Dvortsevoy’s documentaries are committed to observational filmmaking. His subjects — people living in and around a Russia in transition — try in their individual ways to eke out an existence. Tulpan is his first fiction film, which has been nominated into the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Achievement in Directing. —Wikipedia
I met him about two years ago and he was saying that while shooting In the dark he realized how problematic making documentaries was, because the worst things go for the people you're filming the better for your film, so he had decided he wouldn't do more docs. At least that's what he said back then.
We have done new 2K masters from his his original 35mm and S-16mm color negative. The new masters have been approved by Sergey and we hope these will be the definitive editions of his early work. We may premier these on Mubi and then make them available on blu-ray and DVD in the US, UK and Canada as part of a joint project with Roehampton University in London called Responsible Cinema - an exploration of important documentary and narrative work, restored, remastered and properly prepared for all digital platforms to preserve the qualities of the original films.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sergey at a festival I coordinate called Ffresh - the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales. He did a Masterclass with Chris Morris, the head of the Newport Film School, which was fascinating - Sergey talked about how he worked in aviation for many years before deciding to attend film school later on in life. He was humble, funny, and intelligent, in fact, he was all the things that make his films so special and unique. He told me that his docs should be available on DVD in the UK this year, and I think the distributor has done a deal with The Auteurs so hopefully they'll be available here as well.