WEDNESDAY - 19.7.1961

SREDA, 19.VII.1961 directed, photographed and edited by Victor Kossakovsky
1997, 93 min, 35 mm, colour
[5 reels, 2.556m, screen ratio: 1:1,66]

Original Music:Alexander Popov
Music Group:Strannye Igry
Sound:Leonid Lerner
Producer:Viola Stephan
Production Manager:Elena Rejzentul
A SREDA FILM Production
in co-operation with ZDF Mainz/ARTE, BBC London, ROSKOMKINO Moscow, DOCSTUDIOS St. Petersburg, YLEISRADIO Helsinki and Eurimages


"... revealing documentary mosaic about life in St. Petersburg..." The New York Times, 11. April 1998

"Bilder erzeugen Bilder, Töne verbinden sich mit Tönen (...); so verbinden sich die einzelnen Einstellungen und Personen in einer Montage von grosser Genauigkeit und pulsgenauem Rhythmus zu einer Erzählung, die in ihrem epischen und poetischen Gehalt dem 'Ulysses' von James Joyce ebenbürtig ist." Wochenzeitung, 7.März 1998

"Kossakovsky ist es gelungen, fühlenden Menschen jene Freude und jenen Schmerz spüren zu lassen, um deren willen allein Kino gemacht wird; er lässt sie über jene Dinge nachdenken, über die sie nicht nachdenken wollen." Seans, Nr. 16, 1998


Wednesday, July 19, 1961: it’s summertime and the newspapers are full of the usual articles. The world is comfortably embedded in the Cold War. An average day in Leningrad. 51 girls and 50 boys are born in Leningrad on this day.
One of them is Victor Kossakovsky. Why here and not somewhere else? Why then and not another time? These questions are the starting point for his film. Could it be that this child was mistaken for another in hospital? Who are all the people who began their lives on that same day? Do they somehow share the same fate or are they merely contemporaries?

"I spent a whole year tracking down the other hundred people born that day. Some of them are no longer alive, some have moved away from the city, still others have emigrated. Over half of this group, however, are still living in this city, now known as St. Petersburg. There are thin ones and more corpulent ones, some with lots of children and others who are single, some who are poor, some who are successful. Some are garrulous, others reticent. There are patient and doctors among them. Some are in the business of selling while others are consumers. There are car drivers and pedestrians in the group, artists and businessmen, a builder and someone who is homeless; a prisoner and an investigating magistrate; left-wingers and right-wingers; those who have religion and those who don’t. And we are all about to turn 36 years of age.”
Victor Kossakovsky, 1996