Name me

Name Me / Spune numele meu /  KAK MENYA ZOVUT
2014 / 93 min / Rusia
Script Lubov Mulmenko, Nigina Sayfullaeva
Directing Nigina Sayfullaeva
Cinematographer Mark Ziselson
Editing Vadim Krasnitsky
Producer Igor Tolstunov, Sergey Kozlov, Sergey Kornikhin/Profit Ltd.
Konstantin Lavronenko Sergey
Aleksandra Bortich Sasha
Marina Vasilyeva Olyia

Two 17-year-old Moscowite girls, Olya and Sasha, are going to the Crimea to meet Olya’s father Sergey. Sergey has lived in a small seaside village his whole life and he has never seen his only daughter. When Olya finds herself at the threshold of her father’s house, she gets scared of meeting him. Olya asks Sasha “to trade places with her”. So Sasha introduces herself as Olya and pretends to be Sergey’s daughter while Olya claims to be her best friend. At first girls have their fun. Little did they know that this innocent joke will turn into great drama and change their lives forever.


Nigina Saifullayeva was born in Dushanbe in 1985. In 2005, she graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities, Faculty of History of Arts, later she studied in the Institute of Problems of the Contemporary Art.  Finally, in 2010, she graduated from the High Courses of Film Directors and Screenwriters (workshop run by Vladimir Khotinenko, Pavel Finn and Vladimir Fenchenko). Her first short, Tag Along (Khochu s toboi), was featured in the competitive program of the Kinotavr. In that film, the actress Lyubov’ Novikova played one of her first roles (later she participated in films Short Stories and The Best Girl of Caucasus).