About the director
Biography Jessica Gorter
Jessica Gorter studied documentary filmmaking and editing at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Since then she has worked as an independent filmmaker focusing on post-soviet Russia. She directed, produced and shot several documentaries among which 'Piter', 'No Goods Today' and 'Ferryman across the Volga' (prix de RTBF). For the theatre play ‘Quarantaine’ she made a series of portraits of survivors of the siege of Leningrad. Her films have been shown at many different film festivals and broadcasted in various different countries. She also directed tv-programs for Dutch television (Human, VPRO) and worked as an editor for various documentaries.
After the outbreak of perestroika in Russia, Jessica traveled to Saint Petersburg and was seized by the silent revolution taking place there. This resulted in her first feature length documentary, Piter, described by Variety as 'an absorbing look at seven residents of St. Petersburg and their conflicted relationship to both past and future'. The film premiered at the IFFR in Rotterdam, was released in Dutch cinema, shown at many festivals and broadcasted in various different countries.