Elevator to the top floor

Rock-musician Kirill is now going through hard times - his band is losing its popularity and his new album isn’t selling well enough. Kirill’s just arrived in the city to perform at the rock festival. He stops at the hotel, where - an unpleasant surprise - his rival, more successful musician Sasha also stays. Sasha is the headliner of the festival – and leading music magazines rate his work as very honest and genuine. Kirill is jealous and worried – they wrote the same things about his band not long ago.
In Kirill’s hotel room his manager Olya tells him that the band’s performance was postponed to the worst possible time. Kirill is sure: ratings depend not on music, but on the image of the musician. Together they decide to make an unusual move in order to return the public's love to the group. Looking through outrageous acts of famous rockers they come to the conclusion that Kirill's suicide right during the performance would attract the most attention. Kirill and Olya begin to rehearse the Kirill’s fake death.
Suddenly they see Sasha's body falling from the top floor of the hotel – he’s jumped out of the window of his room. Kirill and Olya stare down from the balcony in envy - even now Sasha did everything more spectacular and truly.

  • Nikita Litvinov
    Director
  • Elizaveta Tsyganova
    Writer
  • Irina Obidova
    Producer
  • Evgeniia Genrikh
    Producer
  • Ilya Rus'
    Key Cast
    "Kirill"
  • Angelina Zakeryaeva
    Key Cast
    "Olya"
  • Dmitriy (FEO) Porubov
    Key Cast
    "Sasha"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Лифт на последний этаж
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Genres:
    black comedy, music film
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
    Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Nikita Litvinov

I was born in 1992 in provincial Russian town named Penza. My parents are businessmen:
my father owns a closing store, my mother – a fitness club. Being a pupil at school I became interested in cinematography and television and began to study at local youth film studio “Spectrum”.
Then, at the age of 14, I shoot my first films. At the age of 16 I moved to Saint-Petersburg,
the second largest city in Russia. I entered the Saint-Petersburg State University of Cinematography and Television where I`m still studying (this is my last year of studying) as a future director of TV programs.
Despite of initial desire to work on TV soon I decided soon to try myself in making documentary films.During the time of studying I made several documentaries for university purposes and works at several TV and internet studios such as “Iron Rating”, a production studio where I’ve been working for 3 years as a director of programs being shown at Russian cable channels, as a cameraman, editor, speaker and journalist.
I consider myself as a universalist, equally good at shooting, editing and scriptwriting. That’s the reason why I prefer to work on projects independently – do everything myself from creating an idea to postproduction.

“New Russian Cossacks” is a film which I’ve been shooting for a year in different parts of Russia.

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