Nikolai (played by Sergei Dontsov) has been fired from his job as a music teacher and has to live in the gym until he finds a place to stay. Finally, he gets a communal room in the apartment of Gorokhov (Victor Mikhalkov). The room’s previous inhabitant, an old lady, has died a year ago, and yet her cat, Maxi, is still in the locked room, healthy and fat. Soon, Nikolai and his neighbours discover the mystery: there is a window to Paris in the room. That’s when the comedy begins – will the Russians be able to cope with the temptation to profit from the discovery? —IMDb.
Mamin studied music formally from childhood and later studied piano and composition in musical professional school. In 1970, he graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography, department of film and stage directing (class of Prof. L. F. Makariev). He served in the Soviet Army. Mamin staged and composed music for theatre productions in provincial theatres. He also staged variety shows and concerts. For 15 years he headed the Students Theatre of the Leningrad Railway Engineering Institute, garnering prizes in many All-Russia contests and student festivals. In 1976, he came to Lenfilm Feature Film Studio where he began his carrier as an assistant director and worked on pictures by I. Averbakh, S. Aranovich, V. Aristov. In 1980, he entered the Higher Two-year Course in film directing of the State Committee on Cinema of the USSR, a workshop headed by E. Riasanov. His graduation film was a short feature “Wishing You” (2 reels).
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