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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 ...

ELENA at Skopje, Macedonia.

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 The acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (mostly known for his internationally acclaimed film THE RETURN, 2003) held the world premier of his latest film ELENA (2011) at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Un Certain Regard' category, where it won the Special Jury Prize. The film screened last week to audiences in Skopje, Macedonia at the 10th annual 'CINEDAYS'. -Vanessa McMahon photos by Dimitra FourkalidouAndrey Zvyagintsev ...

Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev at 52nd TIFF

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 The acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (mostly known for his internationally acclaimed film THE RETURN, 2003) presented his latest film, ELENA (2011) last week at the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF). ELENA held its world premier at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Un Certain Regard' category, where it won the Special Jury Prize.-Vanessa McMahon  "Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, each one from a different social background. Vladimir is a wealthy and ...

Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev at 52nd TIFF

The acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (mostly known for his internationally acclaimed film THE RETURN, 2003) presents his latest film, ELENA (2011) at 52nd TIFFphoto by Dimitra Fourkalidou  

Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev at 52nd TIFF

 The acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (mostly known for his internationally acclaimed film THE RETURN, 2003) presents his latest film, ELENA (2011) at 52nd TIFFphoto by Dimitra Fourkalidou 

Cannes Day 11

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In Competition The Exodus - Burnt By The Sun 2 by Nikita Mikhalkov 8.30 19.00 Synopsis 1941. Five years have passed since the destinies of General Kotov and his family were irrevocably changed. At the beginning of the war, Kotov miraculously escapes from the camp to which he was sentenced. Still formally a convict, he is eventually sent to a penalty battalion and goes to the front. On the battlefield, he fights the Germans mercilessly. After being gravely wounded, Kotov earns the rig...

In Competition: The Exodus - Burnt By The Sun 2 by Nikita Mikhalkov

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Synopsis 1941. Five years have passed since the destinies of General Kotov and his family were irrevocably changed. At the beginning of the war, Kotov miraculously escapes from the camp to which he was sentenced. Still formally a convict, he is eventually sent to a penalty battalion and goes to the front. On the battlefield, he fights the Germans mercilessly. After being gravely wounded, Kotov earns the right to transfer to a regular army unit but, believing his wife Maroussia and daughter ...

Black Lightning russian style "Have special effects, will travel fast and save the world"

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The latest production of Timur Bekmambetov (Nightwatch and Wanted)  "Black Lightning" directed by Alexander Voytinskiy seems like another big Hit, It is planned to storm Russia this December 31st. A Super Hero car that flies, with stunning effects, transformers like... Check the amazing russian site: http://www.31-12-2009.ru/ or come back december 9 for the international version. A film that should travel fast... Bruno Chatel...

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...

"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...

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...

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