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ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY / DISTINGUISHED RUSSIAN DIRECTOR / WRAPS HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY YEAR WITH A BANG

-OFFICIAL DDA PRESS RELEASE- ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY / DISTINGUISHED RUSSIAN DIRECTOR / WRAPS HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY YEAR WITH A BANG   The celebrations concluded in style as award-winning film and theatre director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY wrapped his UK retrospective tour on November 21. A popular screening of his multi-award-winning Uncle Vanya at Warwick Arts Centre marked the final stop in a year-long series of international events and screenings which have taken place across Russia, Slovakia, B...

Andrei Konchalovsky wrapped in the UK his international year long retrospective tour

The celebrations concluded in style as award-winning film and theatre director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY wrapped his UK retrospective tour on November 21. A popular screening of his multi-award-winning Uncle Vanya at Warwick Arts Centre marked the final stop in a year-long series of international events and screenings which have taken place across Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland, Montreal, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid and Cannes to celebrate his 75th birthday. The UK retrospective also witnessed ...

The Russians have come!

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Ah, si le Barbican m'était conte... I could tell some amusing tales of when London's answer to the Centre Pompidou finally opened in the heart of the historic City of London. Largely funded by and for that quaint enclave of Roman and medieval London which a few decades ago was home only to bankers, financiers and insurance companies, and where no one could be found de cinq a sept  and certainly never on Sundays, the Barbican rose with its labyrinthine walkways, and (then)futuristic m...

You Are with Me

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Director: Andrey Khvostov.
A small airport somewhere in a Russian province. The only flight today is just about to arrive. It is nothing special for anyone, except her. Today he is coming back. He left four years ago for his military service, but ended up going through a real war. He hasn’t changed – but a scar on his face suggests a different story. She is diligently dressed-up, with a bouquet of white lilies. She wants everything to be perfect today. Her apartment. They are quietly talking over a glass of wine, scared to waste the emotions they endured to make this moment almost perfect. He cannot believe that she has kept waiting. She cannot show how hard it has really been. Her closest ones declared her insane, and she had to pretend that she had forgotten him. But this isn’t the reality! Maybe it is, but only for them! “And, as for myself, I decided to keep waiting, until you come back!”. “I love you”, he finally answers. Everything will be perfect. Their dream has come true. A new day shows the price of that dream. The question is, whether we are ready to see it.

Un Certain Regard: "Tale in the Darkness" by Nikolay Khomeriki

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In Cannes for the Un Certain Regard presentation of Tale in the Darkness, Nikolay Khomeriki of Russian origin is not an unknown at the Festival, having won a runner-up prize in the Cinefondation Selection in 2005 for his short film Vdvoyom. The following year he was back in Cannes and in the running for a Camera d’Or for his debut feature film 977, also presented in Un Certain Regard. In Tale in the Darkness, the Russian director brings to the screen Angelina, a r...

Un certain regard: "A tsar" by Pavel Lounguine

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For the first time in his career, Pavel Lounguine, laureate of the Director's Prize in 1990 for Taxi Blues and a Special Mention for the whole cast of La Noce (2000), and President of the Caméra d’Or Jury in 2007, is discovering the honors of screening a film in Certain Regard with today's presentation of Tzar. This particular tyrant is Ivan IV, alias Ivan the Terrible, whose iron fist reigned supreme in 16th-century Russia. A single man had the temerity to oppose him: his c...

Russian Film Festival in London

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2nd RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL 18-28 September, London Building on the success of the 1st Russian Film Festival, Academia Rossica is now launching Russian Film Festival 2008. ProgrammeThe main programme will present the very best of internationally-acclaimed new Russian cinema. It will include London premieres of 10 films that have received awards at international and national film festivals in 2007-2008. Documentary and animation films, as well as shorts will complement the main programme. In showca...

Roland Joffé’s "You and I" screens in Cannes

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Palm d’Or winning director Roland Joffé’s latest film “You and I” was screened yesterday in Cannes for buyers only. Produced by Leonid Minkovsky and Ramco productions, the film is based on Aleksey Mitrofanova’s book “t.A.T.u Come Back.” “You and I” is a story of two teen girls who meet and fall in love with each other at a Russian pop concert in Moscow. In only a few days, they find themselves entangled in a web of sex, addiction, and lies. Famed American television actress M...

Russian Film Festival to launch in London end September

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The first Russian Film Festival in London will start on 27 September 2007 at the Apollo West End, Piccadilly Circus. It is organised by Academia Rossica, London, with support from the British Council, Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Embassy in London. It will be a high profile cultural event. Showcasing inspiring and provocative award-winning work from a host of internationally established young Russian filmmakers, it will provide a long-awaited opportunity for British audiences to v...

A Russian Tale of Return and Redemption

 Friday, August 31---------One of the most powerfully acted and beautifully shot films of the Festival has its International Premiere this evening at the Montreal World Film Festival. OTETS (Father) is a Russian film by director Ivan Solovov that is set in the weeks after the end of World War II, when a Russian soldier returns to his life and family, after the glories and comaraderie of war.Although the deprivation and death of World War II is over, the terrible ordeal of adjusting to normal li...

First Russian Film festival to launch in London

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Russian Film Festival in London 27 September – 3 October 2007: at the Apollo West EndAcademia Rossica, in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Culture, is delighted to present the first ever Russian Film Festival to be held in the UK.With support from the Russian Embassy in London, the festival will be taking place from the 27th September until 3rd October 2007 at London’s renowned Apollo West End cinema.The Press Preview will be held on 11th September at the Apollo West End.The Russia...

"Alexandra" by Alexander Sokurov

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Alexandra is the fourth film by Russian cineaste Alexander Sokurov to be presented In Competition. Moloch won Best Screenplay in 1999; selections since have been Taurus (2001) and Father and Son (2003). Alexandra is a story with a political background: a Russian grandmother goes to visit her grandson, an officer stationed in the Republic of Chechnya. Sokurov gave the title role to Galina Vishnevskaya, who, at 80, is a legend of the Russian opera scene, and the widow of the great cellist Mstislav...

“The Banishment” by Andrey Zvyagintsev

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It has been four years since Andrey Zvyagintsev was honoured with the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival for his first film, The Return. His second film, The Banishment, screening in Competition brings the Russian director to Cannes for the first time. This drama was more or less adapted from the novel by William Saroyan, The Laughing Matter, which tells of how a birth can upset an entire family. The director chose to work with the same “father” as seen in The Return, Konstantin Lavronenko. ...

Cannes Competition: “The Banishment” by Andrey Zvyagintsev

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It has been four years since Andrey Zvyagintsev was honoured with the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival for his first film, The Return. His second film, The Banishment, screening in Competition brings the Russian director to Cannes for the first time. This drama was more or less adapted from the novel by William Saroyan, The Laughing Matter, which tells of how a birth can upset an entire family. The director chose to work with the same “father” as seen in The Return, Konstantin Lavronenko.Q...

Annual Russian Film Week in New York

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The 6th Annual Russian Film Week in New York Gears Up For a Week of Premieres and PartiesWe are gearing up for an exciting week of Russian films and parties, October 13-19, 2006. The carefully selected films were all made in 2006 and will showcase the work of the hottest and most influential filmmakers in Russia. Don't miss this exciting week-long cultural event in New York City.New York, NY (PRWEB) October 8, 2006 -- The 6th Annual Russian Film Week in New York proudly announces its return to M...

PiFan 2005 opening films

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The 9th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (a.k.a. PiFan) July 14 - 23, 2005 The films that will break out the grand opening of PiFan2005 are Nochnoi Dozor, directed by Timur Bekmambetov callled the Quentin Tarantino of Russia for a new style of Science Film and Battle in Heaven, directed by Carlos Reygadas who won the gold camera award by JAPON showing fastidious mise en scene. The Closing films are The Wind Mill Palm Forest, directed by YOU Sang Wook who directed and Open Water, di...

Russian cinema program in Moscow

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VIVA LIFE!The Russian cinema program at the Moscow International Film Festival does not merely offer a panorama of its present state, it provides, so to speak, a formula of its condition at the moment, its detailed, full-fledged portrait.The panorama of new Russian cinema still bears the title «Russia, which we regained» and probably for the first time in recent years the name reflects the real state of affairs in our national cinema. First of all it is because during the past year alone our c...

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