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Collector (2016 film)

Collector is a 2016 Russian drama film written and directed by Alexey Krasovsky. The film stars Konstantin Khabensky in the title role, with Ksenia Buravskaya, Polina Agureeva, Darya Moroz, Valentina Lukaschuk, Yevgeny Stychkin, Kirill Pletnyov, Igor Zolotovitsky, Tatyana Lazareva, Alexander Tyutin, Marina Lisovets, Nikita Tyunin providing voices; the film premiered at Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi on June 2016. Collector received critical acclaim for Khabensky's performance. Arthur is the best employee of a collecting firm. He's got a solid reputation among his colleagues, he risks losing it all at once because of a scandalous video involving him. In one instant he becomes the main target of journalists and gossip columnists, his colleagues and friends turn away from him. He is being threatened; the video, fabricated to set him up, becomes the truth. The truth he is trying to tell is perceived as a lie. Arthur is trapped inside his office. Alone against the world, but his main enemy, the author of the video, turns out to be a widow, convinced that it was Arthur who drove her husband to suicide.

She is going to do everything in her power to drive him off the deep end. Konstantin Khabensky as Arthur Polina Agureeva as Tamara Ksenia Buravskaya as Natalya Tatyana Lazareva as Tatiana Marina Lisovets as Doctor Valentina Lukashchuk as Liza Kirill Pletnyov as Yevgeny Yevgeny Stychkin as Lev Nikita Tyunin as Yurlov Aleksandr Tyutin as Roman Igor Zolotovitsky as Journalist Darya Moroz as Ksenia Konstantin Khabensky took a major pay cut to act in the film. Director Alexei Krasovsky said that if Khabensky would have refused his role, he himself would have acted in the film instead; the entire film takes place within a room, where the main character is talking to phone. Shooting took place in real time for 8 days, the filmmakers only took breaks to change the cameras' memory cards; the Collector is the only character shown on screen — others interact with him on the phone, their parts were recorded in real time. Collector was shown out of competition at the 27th Sochi International Film Festival named Kinotavr, premiered in the Spotlight program in the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

It was released in cinemas on 6 October 2016 in the Russian Federation. On the 16th of April 2017 it was shown on the NTV channel; the film earned the approval of the overwhelming majority of Russian film critics. About the Collector was written: "The film, where the viewer does not observe the events on the screen, instead events of the human soul - the most difficult and the most valuable thing in any field of art", "The creators of "Collector" managed to escape stereotypes and awaken a simple human interest to the hero, supported by cinematic suspense", "Because of this Khabensky is the star of our cinema, he can hold the attention of the viewers for more than an hour purely with his charisma and voice", "a brilliant solo performance with one of the best Russian actors of our time", it has been compared to the 2013 film Locke. Khabensky got the Best Actor award at the Kinotavr Film Festival for his performance; the film won the Kinotavr prize for best cinematography. On July 2016, at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival the film won the FEDEORA Jury Award.

At the Nika Awards, Alexei Krasovsky was named the Discovery of the Year. The film won three awards at the 2017 Prague Independent Film FestivalGustav Meyrink Prize, Best Director and Best Actor. Phone Booth Locke Collector on IMDb Official page on Facebook Official Trailer on YouTube Page on Konstantin Khabenskiy's International Site

Neil Folberg

Neil Folberg is an American-Israeli photographer and gallerist. Folberg was born in San Francisco in 1950, his father was a San Francisco gallerist. At the age of 16, Neil was invited to study with Ansel Adams at a photographic workshop which Adams had established in Yosemite National Park. Shortly after, in 1967, he enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, intending to focus on the natural sciences, but switching to photography studies, under the guidance of William Garnett—who became the head of Berkeley's school of architecture and design at the time—and under the mentorship of Ansel Adams. Folberg moved to Israel in 1976, where he began a series of color photographs of the southern desert landscapes. These—along with photographs he took in the Sinai Desert and Jordan—appeared in his first book, In a Desert Land, published by Abbeville in 1987. Folberg's second book, And I Shall Dwell Among Them, consisted of a series of photographs, commissioned by the Aperture Foundation, in which he examined the internal and external architecture of historic synagogues throughout the world.

The book was published by Aperture in 1995, went on to win the National Jewish Book Award for Visual Arts in 1996. In 2001 Aperture published Folberg's third book, Celestial Nights, a series of black and white photographs, shot in the late 1990's and early 2000's, created by digitally combining separate negatives, of starry nights along with detailed representations of the earth beneath them. Folberg teamed with Lin Arison to create his fourth book, Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists, published in 2005. Folberg's work is held in the following public collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art LACMA Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum of Fine Arts, Boston National Gallery of Australia Yale University Art Gallery Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art Canadian Centre for Architecture George Eastman Museum Tel Aviv Museum of Art Israel Museum In 1998, following his father's death, Folberg moved his father's Mission Street "Vision Gallery" to Jerusalem, where it remains to this day