Klassiki Journal

You can enjoy interviews, videos and essays from guest filmmakers, critics and the team here. We’ll share insights into favourite films and help you mine the gold that is Klassiki.

Laila Pakalniņa on the making of Dawn, her fever dream of Soviet film history

Interview

Lana Gogoberidze on women’s cinema and her trailblazing career

Nora Martirosyan and Garegin Papoyan on filming the ironies of Stepanakert airport

Interview

Julia Blue director Roxy Toporowych on wartime romance and the Ukrainian diaspora

Interview

Actor Yura Borisov on working with Kirill Serebrennikov and Covid-era shoots

Interview

Sakha Film: an interview with Dmitry Davydov

Sakha Film: The Lord Eagle stars Zoya Popova and Stepan Petrov in their own words

Interview

Actor Maks Sukhanov on his career as Russia’s cinematic tough guy

Sergei Livnev on the wild 90s and returning to directing after 25 years

Interview

“Antonioni told me to sleep less”: Uzbek maestro Ali Khamraev on his unlikely career

Interview

Assel Aushakimova on queer filmmaking and the search for tradition in Kazakhstan

Interview

The Bull’s Boris Akopov on switching ballet for film and 90s nostalgia

Interview

Saodat Ismailova on her film 40 Days and Central Asian cinema traditions

Interview

Angelina Nikonova on her film Twilight Portrait and life between Russia and America

Interview

No solemn monolith: Aleksandr Lungin on his debut film, Great Poetry