Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova

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"According to the measurements of ROSSTAT, 30% of graduates do not have official employment, while the rate of latent unemployment in Russia reaches 80%. Anastasia Sokolova graduated from one of the prestigious University in Russia with the degree in journalism, but her professional way was from the collector in the bank to the administrator in a cheap illegal bordello."

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Title: Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova

Length: 29 min

Genre: Documentary

Country of Origin: Russia

Completion Date: 2017

Directors: Alina Kotova and Vladlena Sandu

Production: Alexander Starikov, Andrei Silvestrov and Tikhon Pendyurin

About the directors, Alina Kotova and Vladlena Sandu

Alina KOTOVA (1993, Russia) moved to Vancouver and San Diego before returning to Russia. Studied at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) from 2012 to 2016 and worked as a theatre critic, interviewer, courator of special film screenings and newspaper issues in Cine Fantom. 

Graduated from Studio of individual Directing (MIR) in 2019. 

Film and theatre director, producer, actress, musician. 


2011 God Bless

2017 Russia as a Phantasma (co-author)

2018 Eight images from the life of Nastya Sokolova(co-director)


2018 Orphic games. Punk-macrame. Electrotheatre Stanislavsky. Actress/Director 

2019 Salome. Electrotheatre Stanislavsky. Director/Actress


Vladlena Sandu


Born in Crimea. In 1988 she moved to Grozny with her family. Since 1998, a forced migrant to the Stavropol Territory. Vladlena studied at the Grozny School of Music. 

Graduated from the directing department of VGIK (2016)

VGIK debut short fiction "Кира" (Kira) received the jury’s choice award at Kinotavr 2015,

as well as awards for best direction and cinematography at VGIK International Film Festival 2015

Graduated with the short documentary "Holy God" that won several national film festivals. Official selection at Leipzig DOK 2016, as well as International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017

Director and actress in the Orphic Games Punk-Macrame project. Electrotheatre Stanislavsky. 

The premiere of the first episode of the serial project “Identification” took place in the competition program Series Mania 2019.



2015 Kira fiction

2016 Holy God documentary

2018 Eight images from the life of Nastya Sokolova documentary/experimental (co-director)



2018 Orphic games. Punk-macrame (Electrotheatre Stanislavsky)