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Christmas Night with Fritz Dubert



United States, 2009, DV-NTSC - Color - 13

DIRECTED BY:
Michael Nikitin

CAST:
Maya Kaplun, Mitch Poulos, Lora Katanovsky

SCREENPLAY:
Michael Nikitin

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Christina Voros

EDITING:
Michael Nikitin

SET DESIGN:
Maya Kaplun

COSTUME DESIGN:
Maya Kaplun

MUSIC:
Tonearm

SOUND:
Jesse Ehredt

PRODUCER:
Sergei Krasikau

STORY DESCRIPTION:

It is the night before Christmas. Tanya, a former mail-order bride, is craving attention from her husband. Albert evades Tanya’s bland hints about the presents, and goes out under a phony pretext. Tanya rummages through Albert’s belongings, and stumbles upon two identical Christmas cards with identical declarations of love. Suspicious and upset, Tanya goes to the kids’ room to check up on her five-year-old daughter Alice. Alice is wide-awake, and Tanya tells her a fairy tale, killing time as she waits for her husband to return. The fairy tale is a reflection on Tanya’s own absurd and farcical life. Bursting with a child’s enthusiasm, Alice takes the story over. As she listens to her daughter, Tanya realizes that Albert’s sudden take-off was no mere accident.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Michael Nikitin was born in Moscow, Russia in 1977. His diverse background includes a good deal of street adventures on the city's outskirts, which were followed by several years of employment at fast food restaurants upon Michael's relocation to the USA. These early experiences were followed by a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley, and subsequent poetry and prose publications in a variety of literary magazines.After trying numerous different occupations ranging from radio broadcasting to commercial fishing, Michael moved to New York in the fall of 2006, where he became a freelance professional in the field of cinematography. In the last two years, he has edited, color corrected, and performed visual effects work on a variety of feature films, indie shorts, music videos, and TV commercials. In his spare time, Michael likes to read, travel, and play soccer.

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