Directior: Jessica Gorter
Camera: Jessica Gorter
Sound: Frank Gorter
production company Filimon Film
79 min., 2004, Russian spoken, English or Dutch Subtitles
2010, 16 april, Saint-Petersburg
Intimate observations of seven inhabitants of Saint Petersburg
In the documentary PITER we follow the everyday life of seven inhabitants of Saint Petersburg. While the outward changes in the city since the beginning of the perestroika are so obvious, the unseen changes its citizens have gone through are more far-reaching altogether. The film is a cinematic portrait of Saint Peterburg and seven of her inhabitants during a time of historical transition.
About the film:
Piter had it's world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2004. The film had a theater release through Docuzone, was shown at numerous film festivals and broadcasted in various different countries.
About the director:
Jessica Gorter studied documentary and editing at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Since then she has worked as an independent filmmaker focusing on post-soviet Russia. She founded her own production company Filimon Film and directed, produced and shot several documentaries among which 'Piter' (2004), 'No Goods Today' (2002) and 'Ferryman across the Volga' (1998). For the theatre performance ‘Quarantaine’ (2007) she made a series of portraits of survivors of the siege of Leningrad.
She also directed tv-programs for Dutch television (Human, VPRO) and worked as an editor for various documentaries.