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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Natalya Meshchaninova

Natalya MESHCHANINOVA (1982, Russia) is a director and screenwriter. She graduated from Kuban State University, where she specialised in television and film directing. She worked for a TV station in Krasnodar for a period of time. After her documentary debut, Herbarium (2007), she decided to move to Moscow to pursue her career in filmmaking further. Her feature debut, The Hope Factory, had its world premiere at IFFR in 2014. Since then, she has continued to make feature films. Core of the World (2018) won the Grand Prize at the Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi. She was awarded a grant from Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development in 2021, and the result is her most recent film My Little Nighttime Secret (2023).


(selection) Herbarium (2007, doc), Good Intentions (2008, short doc), School (2010, TV series), The Hope Factory (2014), Another Year (2014), The Red Band Society (2015, TV series), Anna’s War (2018), Core of the World (2018), Shtorm/Storm (2019, TV series), My Mom’s Penguins (2021, TV series), Alyssa (2022, TV series), My Little Nighttime Secret (2023)

Natalya Meshchaninova at IFFR

  • My Little Nighttime Secret

    Fourteen-year-old Mira spends the night away from her family, but holds a terrible secret inside.

    • Big Screen Competition
  • Core of the World

    Compassion and rage are not far apart in the life of a troubled vet in the remote Russian countryside.

    • Bright Future Main Programme
  • The Hope Factory

    Industrial city of Norilsk: factories, cold, chemical air. The only desire of young people living here is to leave, against all odds. A docu-style, em

    • Hivos Tiger Awards Competition
  • Another Year

    He’s an unemployed guy who earns some money by giving lifts to strangers. She’s a graphic designer who just got her first job. The film tracks their r

    • Spectrum
    • The Big Screen Award
  • Arrhythmia

    A passionate, yet often drunk paramedic is about to lose his home, his job and most of all his beloved wife who wants to leave him. A powerful and hig

    • Voices
  • Anna’s War

    The horrific true story of Jewish Anna, a girl who somehow survived World War II in Ukraine, is of great beauty. The six-year old hid in a buildi

    • Voices