She studied theater, music and cinema at the National Institute in Leningrad and she worked a while as a film critic. She entered the High school of direction VRK in Moscou. She had collaborations with directors like Alexandre Sokourov and Constantin Lopouchanski. She started direction in 1987. Valse accidentelle is her second feature film, awarded in Locarno in 1990. The reflection in the mirror isher third movie.