Director: Anna Radchenko
DOP: Roman Yudin
Production: Anastasia Limarenko
Editing: Suga Supiah, Ikki Dhesi
Post Production: Jack Goodwin, Tobias Tomkins - CHEAT
Animation: Murat Kılıç
Sound Design: We Are Playhead
Styling: Anna Bakhareva
Make-up: Darya Kholodnykh
Model: Yana Dobroliubova
Co-Director: Mikhail Svjatogor
CG artist: Yanis Georges
Singer: Alyusha Chagrin
Kokosmos is a purely visual, experimental piece inspired by space and our fascination with the unknown. A surreal fantasy, aimed to extend our perception of reality by letting us wonder over the existence of a higher being and our connection with her. Shot in Moscow by the award-winning director and photographer Anna Radchenko, Kokosmos is a tribute to Russia’s infatuation with space.
Somewhere between a fashion film, a music piece and an experimental video, Kokosmos embraces reality and extends it through magical realism by visually answering the question: what if? The video is Radchenko’s first piece combining CGI with real footage, a direction that she is looking to explore with her future productions.
Kokosmos is a collaboration with model Yana Dobroliubova, recognized for her striking and ethereal looks which break away from traditional beauty standards. Inspired by Dobroliubova’s unearthly aesthetic, as well as by Japanese manga artist Shintaro Kago, Radchenko expresses our constant need to explore and search by focusing on the concept of the all-seeing eye.
The music and sound were custom made specifically for this piece. Collaborating with creative music and sound design duo Playhead, they worked with the London-based singer-songwriter Alyusha Chagrin to create an otherworldly sounding language to fit the scenario. Similarly, the choice of clothing and make-up is also meant to fit the post-soviet space theme; Radchenko brings in elements of folklore by specifically selecting Russian fashion designers and sticking to a neon color palette featuring bright shades of green and purple.
About - Anna Radchenko is an award-winning director and multidisciplinary artist from Moscow, who now resides in London. She specializes in short films, photography and art installations. annaradchenko.com