Petrol director Alena Lodkina: ‘I’m interested in cinema that feels intimate’

Lodkina talked to ScreenHub about building a world in the film Petrol that is based on Melbourne and is both familiar and unexpected.

Alena Lodkina is a Russian-born, Melbourne-based director, whose second feature Petrol has just premiered at Locarno and is now in the running for MIFF’s Bright Horizons prize.

Her debut Strange Colours screened at MIFF in 2018, after Lodkina graduated from the Accelerator Lab program. Now, she returns to Melbourne for Petrol, an enigmatic drama that follows a film student who gets in over her head.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports