Renata Litvinova is a renowned actor, screenwriter, and director. She studied at VGIK during perestroika, where her work was discovered by the great Kira Muratova, leading to a celebrated artistic partnership. Litvinova wrote and starred in Muratova’s films Three Stories (1997) and Two in One (2007), as well as appearing in three other of the auteur’s late films. Litvinova’s short story To Own and Belong was adapted by Valery Todorovsky into the cult crime film Country of the Deaf in 1998. She has directed six films since 2000, including most recently The North Wind, a screen adaptation of her own play of the same name.