Alexander Gutman

(1945). Training: the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (1968), VGIK (1978). Director, scriptwriter and cameraman (since 1971). Currently lives in St. Petersburg


Selected filmography: “The Russians are gone”, 1991; “1244…1245…1246…”, 1993; “The Clock History: From Vitebsk to This Day”, 1995; “A Body Sans Head Or the Bodybuilding”, 1997; “Dave Brubeck. Back to Moscow”, 1998; “For Three days and Never Again”, 1999; “Vinton Marsalis in Russia”, 2000; “A Journey to Youth”, 2001, «The Frescoes», 2002, «Sunny Side of the Highway», 2005; «Jewish Happiness», 2005; «Life Space», 2005; «Scythian Suite», 2006; «Boris Eifman. Ballet Rehearsal», 2006; «Fantasy Reflection», 2006.

The Frescoes (0+)

Russia, 2002, colour, 96 min.
Director: Alexander Gutman
At the cemetery of Armenian town Gjumry one can meet a teenage boy who works as a grave cleaner. His grown-up friends, stonemasons Leva and Arut, are trying to teach him carve Khatchkars out of stone. But his old dream is to learn to play duduk…


Best long documentary of the XIV Open Festival of documentary films “Russia” (Ekaterinburg, 2003); award of the Jury of Film Festival “Message to Man” (“For vital view of present-day reality and fine image development” (St. Petersburg, 2003); Best long documentary of the IV National Competition of non-fiction films and television “LAVR” (2003); nomination of National Academy of Cinematography “Nika” (2003). Grand-Prix “Big Golden Nanook” of IDFF “Flahertiana-2004”.