‘The Poodle Trainer’, The Story of Russian Performer Irina Markova and the Dogs That She Trains

In the short film The Poodle Trainer, director Vince Malone tells the story of Irina Markova, a talented Russian performer who has found comfort and acceptance in the world of the animals she trains.

In this intimate portrait of destiny, passion, and loss, Irina Markova, a solitary Russian poodle trainer, reveals her transcendent relationship with her dogs, the childhood tragedy that sparked a lifetime of working with animals, and the welcome isolation behind the red velvet curtains of the circus.

The Poodle Trainer - A Vince Malone Film

The Poodle Trainer In Costume

The Poodle Trainer With Cast

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