Best known as the director/writer/producer of a cult classic Liquid Sky, Slava Tsukerman has directed internationally 43 films of different genres. He has received 13 awards from many international film festivals.
Tsukerman made his debut at the age of 21, as the director/writer/producer of I Believe in Spring. This first independently made fiction short in the Soviet Union history, won First Prize in the Moscow Amateur Film Festival, was awarded in the Film Festival in Montreal and was successfully released nationally.
His films Great Bells, The Heat in Cold Numbers, Professor Alexandrov's Discovery, Vaudeville On Vaudeville won the highest awards in the Soviet film industry.
Tsukerman's documentary Once Upon a Time There Were Russians in Jerusalem, produced by Israeli Television, was a first prize winner at the Tenth World Film Festival of TV films in Hollywood. Here are some of Israeli press comments on the film:
"It has been a long time since a film of such excellent quality and interest as that made by Tsukerman was shown
on Israeli television".
"In my opinion, Slava Tsukerman is at present the best film director on Israeli Television".
"One of the most outstanding films that had ever appeared on Israeli Television, and possibly the very best.."
Tsukerman lives in New York City, the source of inspiration for his most known picture Liquid Sky.
Liquid Sky was defined in the fundamental study of contemporary art The Scandal of Pleasure by Wendy Steiner,
"concise presentation of postmodern concerns".
Liquid Sky is described by TV GUIDE FILM & VIDEO COMPANION as
"Outrageous fun. One of the more accessible independent features ever made";
and by TLA GUIDE as
"One of the most original and hallucinatory films in memory. A stunning cultural collage".
Liquid Sky has broken all the box office and duration records in USA and all over the World.
Here are some of press comments on Liquid Sky:
"Mr. Tsukerman... seems to possess a rare and unusual talent..."
Vincent Canby, The New York Times
"Mr. Tsukerman's "Liquid Sky"... presents a vision of the city that is genuinely startling".
Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Can a film directed by a Soviet emigre... become the science-fiction smash of the year?.. Slava Tsukerman's
Liquid Sky smashed house records during its New York run..."
Christopher Connelly, The Rolling Stone
Carlos James Chamberlin wrote in March, 2004 at senseofcinema.com:
"It’s about time people started rendering into Liquid Sky. Its long lipstick trace is smudged through much of
In April 16, 2009 Dan Person of current.com called Liquid Sky "
"one of the formative forces of indie film."
In 2001 Mr. Tsukerman completed his new American movie Poor Liza, based on a Russian love story of 18th Century. Poor Liza won Grand Prix at the Gatchina Film Festival (Russia, March 2001) and a prize for Best Directing at the Kinotavr Film Festival (April 2001).
"A spectacular new film shot in Russia by Slava Tsukerman, starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant. Perhaps the
most lavish indie film ever shot. ...With rich costumes, luxurious sets, and breathtaking cinematography...
Undoubtedly, Poor Liza is unlike any other film you have ever seen".
Anthology Film Archives presentation
At the same time while making his feature films Mr. Tsukerman is involved with producing and directing of numerous documentaries, sponsored films, TV commercials and music videos. His last documentary, Stalin’s Wife, was released theatrically in the US in 2005. Andrew Saris, the New York Observer film critic included it on his list of the ten best non-fiction films of that year.
“If you have the slightest curiosity about the people and the period, “Stalin’s Wife” is mandatory viewing.”
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
“Stalin’s Wife” is a fascinating documentary about an otherwise-forgotten character in history.”
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV
“This is a complete eye-opening document on the Soviet dictator and his long suffering wife.” ****1/2
Andrew Johnson, North American Film Review
“Stalin’s Wife is as illuminating, trenchant and penetrating as any fiction film. It proves that writer-director
Tsukerman doesn’t need space aliens in his stories to devise a fascinating picture.”
Eric Monder, Film Journal
Mr. Tsukerman’s last movie Perestroika staring F. Murray Abraham, Sam Robards and Ally Sheedy, was released in US in 2009.
Here are some of press comments on Perestroika:
“GO! This… immensely likable movie... is completely beguiling.”
Ella Taylor, The Village Voice
“Fascinatingly strange... refreshingly heady... fetchingly personal!”
Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NY
“This film bristles with insights and ideas.”
Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Time
“A deeply strange, breezily existential cocktail of Milan Kundera and Federico Fellini. The film is… touchingly
funny, visually arresting and somehow a consistent joy to watch.
Cult status and a cultivated following in the nooks and crannies of all venues where films are seen these days
Andrew Barker, VARIETY
“Deeply personal, whimsical and unpredictable, PERESTROIKA resonates across national, global and even cosmic
levels. Most striking about Perestroika, though, is its hard-to-categorize style. At its best, Peristroika is not
unlike Lars von Trier's subliminal, multimedia thriller Zentropa, and the latter-day Welles of The Trial and
Mr. Arkadin, in that in experiencing it, we feel we're watching not a real narrative but a dream-story unfolding.
A quality rarely achieved which makes PERESTROIKA one of the year's strangest and most compelling narratives."
Jay Antani, Filmcritic.com
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