Yulia Balabanova

was born in the Far North. She studied at school in Kolyma and got her university diploma in Saint-Petersburg. With her first profession of journalist, she worked as correspondent and telecaster of a TV channel. Then she graduated from the High School for Film Directors and Scriptwriters, Documentary Film Director dept. In 2017 she made her debut film “Great scenery”. In 2018 at Kolyma she made her second documentary “What is happiness?”


Great Scenery, 2017; What is Happiness?, 2018.
Special Jury Mention

Great Scenery (12+)

Russia, 2017, colour, 28 min.
Director: Yulia Balabanova
This is a film about the prima donna of Mariinsky Theatre, laureate of international competitions of opera singers Oxana Shilova, lyric coloratura-soprano. Very justly she is called one of the best voices of the Mariinsky Theatre. She dazzled the scenes of Bolshoi, Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden etc. But what had she to sacrifice, to win this world recognition? We have to make a choice between our family and our career. And often it is not in favour of our beloved.

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