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"St. Petersburg. A Selfie" is a collection of 7 stories about Russia’s most beautiful city through the perspective of exclusively female directors. A softly composed almanac tells the stories of genuine, living and visceral city rather than a fictitious legend. There’s five million residents, fifteen hundred square kilometers and over three hundred years of history. Tours guides habitually nickname it a “Venice of the North”, the authorities call a culture capital while the naysayers claim that it’s a great city with a provincial fate.

St Petersburg is a city that loves to come up with myths about itself as much as it enjoys listening to them. Russian scribes admired the elegance of its avenues but feared talking about straightforwardly: a posh city, a poor city, a city that’s fancy and arrogant, a city that shimmers in the glitz of Nevsky Prospekt and a city that drowns in the claustrophobic inner court-yards, city of Onegin, city of Bashmachkin, city of Raskolinkov. Off the pages of novels its embankments radiated coldness for centuries while the pavements remembered nothing but the inevitable rumble of the Bronze Horseman. Or is it because all those books have been written by men? Maybe it’s time to look at the city of Peter’s from a different angle?