About us

In 2005 Alexander Mindadze, a world-renowned Russian screenwriter and director, together with creative producer Liza Antonova set up the Passenger film studio. The studio’s first project was Soar, a film which they presented at the Venice International Film Festival’s Critics’ Week in 2007, with Alexander Mindadze debuting as a director. Then followed Innocent Saturday (Russia, Germany, Ukraine production), which was chosen for the main competition of the Berlin Film Festival in 2011. The feature film Dear Hans, Lovely Peter (Russia-UK-Germany) premiered in the main competition of the Moscow International Film Festival. The film was highly praised by the professional community and was chosen as Film of the Year at the Nika Awards – the main annual national film awards in Russia, presented by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science. The Russian Guild of Film Critics also awarded the film Best Screenplay. It also received the White Elephant award in five categories (Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Operator and Best Actor). The film won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Screenplay as well as other prestigious prizes. The latest films from the Passenger studio are The Brothers Ch directed by Mikhail Ugarov, a well-known theatre director (Scriptwriter - Elena Gremina), the short film The Sunset by Andrei Annenskiy, and the short film Safe, where Valery Kharkov debuted as a director. The Brothers Ch received more than ten awards at Russian and international film festivals, while The Sunset received the main prize at the VGIK Film Festival.


миндадзеALEXANDER MINDADZE was born in Moscow in 1949. He is one of the most influential screenwriters and directors in Russian cinematography. More than 20 of his screenplays have been filmed since 1975. Early in his career he teamed up with acclaimed Russian director Vadim Abdrashitov, with whom he collaborated on eleven films over several decades. The film Plumbum or a Dangerous Game was awarded a gold medal at the Venice Film Festival in 1987. His film Play for a Passenger won a Silver Bear Award “For Idea and Implementation” at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1995. In 2007 his feature film debut as director, Soar, was premiered at the Venice IFF. The film received two awards, including the Critics’ Award for Best Debut Film in Russia. The second feature film written and directed by Mindadze, Innocent Saturday, was premiered at the Berlin IFF in 2011. Mindadze is the only Russian scriptwriter to be awarded the prestigious Ennio Flaiano Prize and the Silver Pegasus from the Italian Academy of Culture for “Literary contribution to cinematography”.


антоноваLIZA ANTONOVA was born in Sevastopol. She graduated from the Theatre Faculty of RATI. She worked as the director of the Theatre Centre "Khersones" and the International Festival "Young Theatre. Chersonesus Games". Antonova was also an editor-in-chief of the Nika festival run by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts, the program director of the Sevastopol International Film Festival and the Festivals of Russian Cinema in Germany and Finland, and an editor at the film companies Central Partnership and IV Studio. In 2005 she became co-founder (with A. Mindadze) and creative producer of the Passenger studio film company, where she has been CEO since 2012.





AA FotoANDREI ANNENSKI was born in Moscow in 1983. In his childhood he starred in films by the acclaimed Russian directors Marlen Khutsiev and Albert Mkrtchyan and the American director Alan Metter. As a child he also dubbed the heroes in films by Steven Spielberg and Brian Levant, and participated in TV shows. In 2013 he graduated from the Director’s VGIK Faculty (the workshop of Vadim Abdrashitov’s feature films). While studying at VGIK (All-Russian State Cinema Institute) he worked as a second director on Innocent Saturday (directed by Alexander Mindadze) and The Brothers Ch (directed by Mikhail Ugarov). In 2012 he became a producer of the Passenger film studio. In 2015, Annenski shot the feature film The Sunset, based on his own script. The film was awarded the main prize at the 35th VGIK International Student Festival "For best director’s work in a feature film". The film also received the Special Jury Award at the 9th ARTkino Festival. In addition to Passenger studio projects, he produced several films by Vladimir Mirzoyev. Andrei Annenski is also the voice of the characters in the film Paradise (A.S. Konchalovsky), and provides the voiceover dubbing in Dear Hans, Lovely Peter (by A.A. Mindadze). Member of the Russian Union of Cinematographers.


харьковVALERY KHARKOV Born on 20 February, 1963, in the town of Pushkin (Leningrad region), Valery Kharkov graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Mechanics named after D.F. Ustinova (VOENMEKH). He also gained a diploma in classical guitar from the Music School for Adults named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). In 1990 he became the winner of the Guitar Competition in Leningrad. In 1999-2010, as a composer, performer and producer (under the creative pseudonym Valery Siver) he released four albums with guitar instrumental music. Tracks from the album Midway can be heard on radio stations in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. In Chelsea Art Museum in New York they are played as a musical setting to an exhibition dedicated to the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. In 2003 French, Belgian and Dutch radio stations awarded Midway the first prize among the top music albums in the Ambient style. In 2012, as a general producer, composer, performer and a co-author of poetic text, together with Dmitry Chetvergova – a guitarist and an arranger as well as the Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs – the director Igor Orshulyakom realized the idea of ​​the concert "Solo Guitar and Orchestra". Valery Kharkov is also a producer of multiple clips to the music of his copyright albums. Since 2012 Kharkov has collaborated with the Passenger film studio, including as a producer and film composer on the Alexander Mindadze movie Dear Hans, Dear Peter. In 2015 he became co-owner of the Passenger studio. The short film Safe was Kharkov’s debut as a cinema director.

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