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Lust for Life

"What's very moving about Stanislavski is that he wasn't territorial or suffocating; he wanted to share things with people, pass things on...and that's what inspires me in him; it's his spirit, not his cleverness."
Declan Donnellan


A documentary film


An in-depth investigation into the working process of Konstantin Stanislavski, who managed to maintain his inner freedom and true artistry within the harsh boundaries of the Soviet system, all thanks to the power of his prodigious talent. The best and brightest of Russian and British theatre, from Kirill Serebrennikov to Yury Butusov to Marina Brusnikina, Declan Donnellan, Katie Mitchell and Lev Dodin express their inexhaustible admiration for Stanislavski and his continuing influence on their day-to-day work, while simultaneously trying to come to grips with his relevance in modern theatre. In the end, the connecting thread is, of course, the human being.


Presented in English and Russian w/ English subtitles

Running time: 80 minutes

Upcoming Screenings 

Europe Cinemas

Sofia, Bulgaria, Cinema House

Featuring: Marina Brusnikina, Yuriy Butusov, Lev Dodin, Declan Donnellan, Veniamin Filshtinskiy, Oskaras Korsunovas, Renata Litvinova, Ivana Chubbuck, Meryl Streep, Nikita Mikhalkov, Katie Mitchell, Kirill Serebrennikov

Creative Team:

Director: Julia Bobkova

Scriptwriters: Julia Bobkova, Oleg Shishkin

Music: Marina Makarova

Editors: Julia Bobkova, Artur Anayan

Executive Producer: Karina Sharafutdinova

Producer: Alexey Telnov