From the many places that Saint Petersburg has to offer the explorer, the neighbourhood of Colomna is one of my favourites. It’s an attractive place in summer with the canals and the reflection of the blue sky over them, or in the foggy winters when all is white and frozen and looks melancholic. And it’s there, between the Mariinskiy theatre and Saint Nicholas cathedral, where I spend a couple of nights every month, if not more, among movies and coffee at Lendok.
Lendok is the short name of the Leningrad Documentary film company, a state media office during the Soviet era, as a plaque on the facade reminds us. With almost a hundred years behind its back, as it was founded at 1918, nowadays it still works by producing films, exhibiting them and educating new generations of filmmakers. The bar-coffee shop, full of movie posters and the logo of the office, also doubled as scenery for some movies that were shot here, as a little sign explains, and that’s why when I visit it, as a filmaholic, there’s always a magic feeling I get while drinking a hot coffee and waiting for a conference or a movie from the many festivals that take place here.