Varvara Faer - Master comma Margarita
Varvara Faer (°1965), formerly known as Galina Sinkina, was born in Moscow, where she got a Master's degree in International Journalism at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia in 1993. At the same time she became also a translator/interpreter for Spanish after a stay at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Then she went to the famous Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, where she graduated in 1999 as a film director.
For her graduation she made the short film Мастер запятая Маргарита (Master comma Margarita), a contemporary version of the scene with the yellow flowers, in which the master and Margarita meet each other for the first time. Six years later only, in 2005, she would come out with this film to show it at Die 24 Stunden von Nürnberg, an annual short film festival in Germany. A year later the film was also screened at festivals in Riverside (USA), Irpin (Ukraine) and the Hell on Reels festival in New York (USA).
Nowadays, Varvara Fear works for theater and film, and she is known as a champion for freedom of expression, which is not an easy task in Vladimir Putin's Russia.