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Retrospective of Films by Vladimir Kobrin

«Group Portrait as a Still Life»
Russia, 18 min., 35 mm, 1993
Russia, 25 min., video, 1999
«Absolutely of Nothing»
Russia, 18 min., 35 mm, 1997
«The Last Dream of Anatoly Vasilievich»
USSR, 44 min., 35 mm, 1990
«Present Continius»
USSR, 24 min., 1989
«Self-organization of Biological Processes»
USSR, 18 min., 1989
«TYT. 1991»
Russia, 15 min., 1991

Vladimir Kobrin (1942 -1999) – film director, cameramen, production designer and scriptwriter. He was born in Moscow. After graduating from Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), the workshop of B.I.Volchek as a cameraman in 1968 he worked at Moscow studio of edu¬cational and in¬structional films "Centrnauchfilm". Since 1977 he made 35 films as a director and designer (20 of them are educational films on physics, chemistry and biology). In 1989 he started experimenting with computer image processing technologies in filmmaking. Between 1994-1995 he created around 40 computer processed video essays for the program "The Film Century" on the main Russian public TV channel ORT. Vladimir is the author of several multiscreen computerized films for the Museum of Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow.
Since the early 1990s Vladimir actively participated in numerous foreign film forums and festivals in Hamburg, Cologne, Utrecht, Tamper, Oberhausen, Osnabruck, London, Paris, etc.

He is a winner of a number of prizes and awards: the Grand-prix at the Festival of Educational Films in Kazan (1989, “Biopotentials”), the Special Prize “Unicum” at the All-Russian Festival of Non-Fiction Films (1989, “Present Continuous”), the Special Prize of the Festival “Nestidnoe kino” (Films of No Shame) in Zarechnoe (1991, "The Last Dream of Anatoly Vasilievich”), the Nika Award  for the Best Popular-Science Film (1994, “Group Portrait Against a Still Life Background”). In 1994 Vladimir was awarded with the  Prize “Poznanie” (Knowledge) for his educational works that have become a part of world cultural and scientific asset and in 1999 with the Prize “Traditional Values and New Generation”  at the Worldview Film Festival (“Absolutely From Nothing”)
In the West Vladimir Kobrin was considered a father of Russian avant-garde scientific filmmaking. He was frequently invited to European film-schools with lectures (Cologne, Potsdam, Copenhagen, etc.) and in 1997 he received an invitation from Harvard University Film Achieve.  Special retrospectives of his films were shown at Pesaro Festival in Italy and in Montreal in 1998.

Vladimir Kobrin leaded workshops on filmmaking and computer graphics in VGIK and lifelong learning courses of State Film Committee of Russia (GOSKINO). As a charismatic leader, he managed to unite his colleagues and students in a creative group called “Kobrin Screen Studio”.
Vladimir Kobrin died December 7 1999.

In April 2000 the Worldview Film Festival introduced an Award in memory of Vladimir Kobrin.

“Radioactive Phenomenon”, 1977; “Semiconductors”, 1978; “Mechanical Processing of Semiconductor Materials", 1978; “Semiconductors”, 1979; “Semiconductors’ Manufacturing Technique”, 1979; “Principal Physics of Quantum Theory”, 1980; “The Science of Mechanics”, 1981; “The Range and Objectives of Biophysics”, 1982; “Special Features of Biological Processes’ Kinetics", 1983; “High-Molecular Compounds”, 1984; “Control of Biological Processes”, 1985; “Thermodynamics of Biological Processes”, 1986; “Molecular Biophisics”, 1986; “Electron Transfer in Biological Sysstems”, 1987; “Biophysics of enzymatic processes”, 1987; “Transfer of Substances through Biological Membranes”, 1987; “Primary Photobiological Processes”, 1988; “Biopotentials”, 1988; “Self-Organization of Biological Systems”, 1989; “Homo Paradoksum”, 1989; “Present Continuous”, 1989; “Homo Paradoksum-2”, 1990;
“The Last Dream of Anatoly Vasilievich”, 1990; “Homo Paradoksum-3”, 1991; “1991=TUT”, 1991; “Steps Into Nowhere”, 1992; “Group Portrait Against a Still Life Background”, 1993; “The First Apocrypha”, 1993; “Future Continuous”, 1993; “Grey Time”, 1994; “Third Reality-1”, 1995; “Third Reality-2”, 1996; “Absolutely from Nothing”, 1998; “GraviDance”, 1999.