The film company Passenger Studio was created by Russian director and scriptwriter Alexander Mindadze and creative producer Liza Antonova in 2005. The first project was the film Soar (participant of the program Critics Week of Venice IFF 2007). It was the debut as a filmmaker for the well-known scriptwriter Alexander Mindadze. Mindadze's second work as a director was the film Innocent Saturday (Russia, Germany, Ukraine) which participated in the main competition of Berlin IFF 2011. The company is about to start the pre-production period of the co-production project Lovely Hans, Dear Peter (Russia, Germany).
ALEXANDER MINDADZE was born in Moscow in 1949 and is considered as one of the most acclaimed scriptwriters and directors in Russia. 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 was awarded with golden medal at the Venice Film Festival in 1987, and the Mindadze-Abdrashitov duo won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1995 for the film A PLAY FOR A PASSENGER. In 2007 his feature film debut as director, SOAR, was premiered at Venice IFF. This film received two awards, including the film critics award for best debut film in Russia. Second feature film written and directed by Alexander Mindadze INNOCENT SATURDAY was premiered at Berlin IFF in 2011. Mindadze is the unique Russian scriptwriter who was awarded with prestigious ENNIO FLAIANO PRIZE and the SILVER PEGASUS from the Italian Academy of Culture for "Literature's contribution to the cinema."
LIZA ANTONOVA was born in Sevastopol, has graduated from theatre studies faculty of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. She has worked as an editor of NIKA Awards ceremony held by Russian Academy of Cinema Arts, as a programming director at Sevastopol IFF and the festival of Russian Films in Germany and Finland, as an editor at the film company Central Partnership and Studio IV. Since 2005 Liza Antonova is a co-founder (with Alexander Mindadze), a creative producer and since 2012 a managing director of the film company Passenger Studio in Moscow.
ANDREI ANNENSKI was born in Moscow in 1983. In his childhood he starred in the films of acclaimed Russian directors Marlen Khutsiev and Albert Mkrtchyan and American director Alan Metter. Being a child, he dubbed the heroes of the films of Steven Spielberg and Brian Levant as well as he participated in the TV shows. Graduated from the director faculty of VGIK (All-Russian State Cinema Institute), from the workshop of famous and acclaimed Russian director Vadim Abdrashitov. Worked as a director and producer for numerous cinema and TV projects. His short films filmed by his own scripts participated in the international film festivals. He is bilingual as he fluently speaks German and English. Since 2012 works as a producer of Passenger Studio film company.
MARIA ANTONOVA Born in Vladivostok. In 2008 graduated from the Oriental studies of the Far Eastern National University, with a degree in Foreign languages. In 2012-2014 she studied Film production in Moscow National University of Culture and Arts. From 2003 to 2013 Maria Antonova worked for Vladivostok International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific countries "Pacific Meridian" as program coordinator and programmer. Since 2014 she works for "Passenger" film studio as project coordinator.