Vladimir Leschiov, protagonist of BFM 34 animation section, will meet the audience Wednesday, March the 9th at the Bookshop in Piazza della Libertà.
Vladimir Leschiov will attend Bergamo Film Meeting from March 8 to 12 and will hold a workshop at the Accademia Carrara on March 10 from 15:00 to 18:00.
The foray of Bergamo Film Meeting into the world of animated films continues with one of the most important and awarded Latvian representatives of the genre. Vladimir Leschiov (Leščiov) has distinguished himself for his strong resistance to computer animation and a great technical mastery of the medium. His cinema represents a perfect balance between traditional storytelling and poetic abstraction; he made his films using a variety of techniques, from drawing – in The Letter (2002) – to the colored pencils that give life to the flickering images of Bezmiegs (Insomnia, 2004), to the oil paintings evoked in Grandad’s Honey (2002) until the recent Lietus dienas Rainy Days, Latvia/ Canada 2014, 8′) in which he used black tea pigments on paper.
Leschiov was born in 1970 in Daugavpils, Latvia. After attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Riga, from 1992 to 2005 he worked as an illustrator, designer and director for Latvian video production companies and broadcasters. In 2001 and 2002 he studied animation at the Konstfack University College of Stockholm in Sweden, and from 2005 to 2009 he taught animation and directing at the Latvian Art Academy. Works and drawings from his films have been exhibited in Latvia, Portugal and Japan. He conducted numerous workshops and masterclasses and his work has been the subject of retrospectives in Portugal, Poland, France, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Russia. He participated and won awards at the most important international festivals such as Annecy, Ottawa, Berlin, Zagreb and Hiroshima. In 2007 he founded the Lunohod animation studio, based in Riga.
During the 34th Edition of Bergamo Film Meeting, original drawings and sketches will be exhibited at Sala Manzù, as a sample of the artist’s work and his creative process.