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”BIG CINEMA” SHOWCASE On May 13th, 2018, the Russian Pavilion at the 71st Cannes Film Festival hosted a showcase of the “Big Cinema” Film Company, where director Sarik Andreasyan, actor Dmitriy Nagiev, and producers Gevond Andreasyan and Armen Ananikyan presented their «Unforgiven», based on the true story of architect Vitaly Kaloyev, who had lost his entire family in a horrific plane crash. The film explores the aftermath of that tragedy.Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:«From mid film «Unforgiven» I could not hold back tears. I was crying out of sheer despair suggested by the story, it was a pure emotion rather than a product of dramatization and whipping up sensations. Unforgiven is in fact a story of forgiving rather than a story of revenge, and it makes you realize how hard it is to achieve this state of mind. Kudos to Dmitry Nagiev for a subtle, unfussy and unexaggerated interpretation of his role that made it especially deep and relatable. This year we had over 150 applications for the Russian Pavilion but we had no doubts about this particular entry after having seen the film. The project has plenty of international potential. With a proper promotion campaign and good sales it can be appreciated by the widest possible international audience».The subject matter is well-known both in Russia and abroad. «Kaloyev’s case» once caused quite a stir around the globe, so there was no need to clue in the international audience. Media professionals from all over the world seemed captivated by the premise and asked the cast and crew a lot of questions.Sarik Andreasyan, director:«When a wife loses her husband she becomes a widow. When a husband loses his wife he becomes a widower. When children lose their parents they become orphans. However, there’s no word for parents who lose their children! I’m a father, too, so this subject hit close to home…It was important for me to make a movie that is both emotionally resonant and ethically balanced, respectful toward the victims and their families. Granted, our movie is a work of fiction, but we didn’t let ourselves make it «too» fictional. We had carefully perused all the relevant materials to produce as truthful an account as possible. My colleagues and I are well aware of the responsibility we took upon ourselves.As a director, I tried to stay unbiased throughout, without making our character too artificially sympathetic or loathsome. I wanted the audiences to embrace a dilemma that’s not immediately relatable but still worth pondering over: after all, no one is insured against grief and loss, and every one of us deals with it in their own way. Some will sympathize with Kaloyev and take his side, others don’t condone violence as an instrument of universal justice… Profound films usually pose questions and leave the audiences to contemplate them afterward. I’ve made a profound film about one man’s fate and his love for his family, and I hope that the questions I bring up will help the viewers immerse themselves in the story and seek their own answers».Based on actual events, the screenplay had been kept on the back burner for five years until the right actor came along. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Lake Boden crash, which took the lives of Russian architect Vitaly Kaloyev’s entire family (his wife, daughter, and son). In 2004, a year and a half after the tragedy, Kaloyev murdered the air traffic controller Peter Nielsen, whom he blamed for his loved ones’ deaths.After a five-year search, the role of Vitaly Kaloyev finally went to Dmitriy Nagiev––an idea that dawned on Sarik Andreasyan, the film’s director and screenwriter, by accident when he came across Nagiev’s photo in a magazine and «recognized» him as Kaloyev. Andreasyan then shared this idea with his brother and co-producer Gevond, and they decided to send the script over to the actor without further ado. Even though it happened late at night, Nagiev responded in a couple of hours, admitted he couldn’t fight back the tears as he read their screenplay, and signed on for the project on the spot.Dmitriy Nagiev, actor:«I read a lot of screenplays, but «Unforgiven» had me hooked right away. It must be the only recent screenplay that makes the reader weep, just like good literature does. I don’t care much if I look like Kaloyev: after all, we’ve made a work of fiction. The hardest part for me was picking up the body parts of children at the crash site, so realistic were the set and makeup. I believe our movie shows that even in the most infernal situations, there’s always a glimmer of hope, a light at the end of the tunnel worth following. Besides, I think Russian cinema now has a new, accomplished talent in its midst, one that for some reason used to hide behind shoddy movies of dubious merit».A gift of sorts, this part is the actor’s first serious dramatic job in 20 years since the 1997 film “Purgatory.” All the naysayers who dismissed Nagiev as a comedian incapable of playing tragic roles were proven wrong when the film opened the Russian Program at the 40th Moscow IFF, assuring the early audiences that Nagiev does have acting chops to spare as his lived-in, powerhouse performance revealed a side of him no one had seen before.Although he had never met Kaloyev in preparation for the shoot, the actor had scrutinized all extant footage to be able to channel the man inwardly and outwardly––and quite successfully, too. More importantly, though, Nagiev managed to communicate on the screen the unbearable agony that beset his character, a pain beyond all reckoning. Unaccustomed to praise for his non-comedic achievements, the actor seemed slightly ill at ease receiving compliments for a convincing performance that resonated with all the guests at the presentation.Gevond Andreasyan, «Big Cinema», producer:«We make comedies and sci-fi blockbusters, constantly experimenting with genres, but I believe that our company should produce, at least once every three years, a film that truly makes a mark. Things come and go, you know, but some movies live forever. As one of the film’s producers quipped, «such projects are good for your karma.” We shouldn’t forget that we all have to leave something for posterity when we’re gone. As for the financial side of things, the film is budgeted at 90 million rubles and was in part funded by the Ministry of Culture. Initially, we hoped to break even at best, but now we can see the interest our movie has generated internationally. However, it bears repeating that money was not what we were after when we greenlit it».«Karoprokat» will release «Unforgiven» domestically on Sep 27th, 2018.

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NEW FEATURES OF THE MOSCOW FILM COMMISSION PRESENTED IN CANNES On May 12, 2018 the Russian Pavilion at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival hosted the presentation of the Moscow Film Commission.The presentation of the interdepartmental authority within the Moscow Government created to facilitate filming on location in Moscow was delivered by the Deputy Head of the Moscow Department of Culture Vladimir Filippov, ROSKINO CEO and creator of the Moscow in Motion project Katya Mtsitouridze, acclaimed photo artist and Moscow in Motion co-creator Anton Lange, Moskino President Igor Ugolnikov, Secretary-General of the Moscow Film Commission Svetlana Maksimchenko, Valeriy Kupeyev of the International Department of the Moscow Film Commission, with the participation of the special guest, AFCI Executive Vice President Jess Conoplia.The speakers illustrated the strategic aims and first year results of the Moscow Film Commission. Several ambitious pilot projects created to promote Moscow as a filming destination and facilitate the process were presented to the audience, including a state-of-the-art website, a comprehensive industrial database adapted for international colleagues, an AR smartphone app, a photo project by Anton Lange and a short film showcasing Moscow’s top locations. All of these tools and enterprises were initiated by Katya Mtsitouridze and implemented by Roskino in less than a year.The main challenge was identified during the last Cannes festival: the number of international projects filmed in Moscow has been annually decreasing because of multiple administrative hurdles that make things too difficult for directors and producers. Therefore it was decided to attract Russian and international productions to the capital through the establishment of the Moscow Film Commission aimed at facilitating and fast-tracking red tape issues. From now on there is a single entry point for any filming permits a Russian or international crew might need.Just over a year ago Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze approached the Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin with the film commission initiative that was soon greenlighted. With the support of the Mayor the film commission is now fully operative and the Moscow Government undertakes to facilitate filming needs and streamline the permitting procedures.Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:‘Our Roskino team jointly with our international colleagues of DDA communication agencycame up with a slogan: Shoot Moscow in Moscow! The international film professionals used to have security and economic about the Russian capital. As it is, today’s Moscow is one of the world’s most comfortable and welcoming cities, the rest is history. On top of that, the favourable exchange rates make Moscow a competitive low-cost filming destination. Locations of Budapest and Prague fail to render its unique metropolitan spirit while Moscow, once you are there, offers many sites that look like other world capitals and lend themselves favourably for shooting. Unfortunately rebates for international film crews are still on their way. However, the Moscow City Government and the Moscow Film Commission it established offer preferential treatment as well as discounts at local top notch production services and equipment rentals. These favourable conditions mean that shooting in Moscow ultimately pays off even when compared with cities that have a working tax refund system.’Pilot programs started already in 2017 and on February 21, 2018 the Moscow Film Commission was formally established by Moscow Government decree, with the Deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov as President, the Head of the Moscow Department of Culture Alexandr Kibovsky as Vice President, and Moskino CEO Svetlana Maksimchenko as Secretary-General.During the two meetings held in April the MFC decided to endorse 11 projects: Attraction 2 by Fedor Bondarchuk, Empire V, Victor Ginzburg’s adaptation of a novel by Victor Pelevin, Van Cliburn by Chad Hartigan, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Gleb Panfilov’s adaptation of a short novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Frenchman by Andrei Smirnov, Survivor by Andrey Sokolov, Children by Alyona Zvantsova, 7 Dinners by Kirill Pletnyov, Portrait of a Stranger by Sergei Osipyan, Ghost by Alexei Mamedov, and Moscow Mysteries by Aleksandr Barshak.Valeriy Kupeyev of the International Department of MFC dwelt on the production opportunities Moscow has to offer. He mentioned that international colleagues often asked him if filming in Moscow was safe. About 10 years ago, Kupeyev admitted, international crew could have negative experiences but since then things have changed. And yet big international projects set in Moscow end up being film in other regions: for instance, A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) was made in Budapest while Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) was shot in Prague.Valeriy Kupeyev, MFC International Department:‘We would like our international colleagues to realize that today Moscow offers a lot of opportunities: architectural settings range from classical to modernist, there is the legendary metro and spacious stages, we have all the necessary equipment, post production studios, English-speaking talents of various ethnicities. Moreover, prices are lower than in other regions and municipal authorities endorse filming.’Svetlana Maksimchenko, Moskino CEO, Secretary-General MFC:‘It is essential for us to promote the image of Moscow as a diverse metropolis that can turn both ancient and futuristic. We place no restrictions on the creative side of the projects. Quite the contrary, we try to open up previously inaccessible locations. For instance, just recently we managed to secure Vasilyevsky Spusk, the part of Red Square that descends towards the river, for the crew of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. We even obtained the temporary closure of a part of the Kremlin embankment. Аnother example: some episodes of Frenchman were filmed on the Teatralnaya square in front of the Bolshoi and inside the Moscow Metro. And we are not going to stop there. In a short while our website will offer a comprehensive database of locations and certified film services available in Moscow. This selection will facilitate the work of international producers that was previously hindered by the uncertainty of choice. I must also mention that in full compliance with international standards the consultancy and services of the MFC are offered completely free of charge. As for the pressing issue of the Football Cup, no one could even dream of filming during such events before, and now it is made possible.’The MFC offers location scouting, contacts of certified productions, assistance insetting up filming (instant follow-up within 1 working day) and obtaining permits for all kinds of city locations including sensitive and restricted sites such as the Moscow Metro, the Kremlin embankments, the city parks, etc.The MFC has already joined the AFCI, the worldwide network of film commissioners that rely on State support to attract film productions to their regions.AFCI Vice President Jess Conoplia shared some of her Moscow experiences:‘I have been to many places around the world and I have to admit that Moscow is one of the most beautiful, clean and safe cities I have seen. My MFC colleagues demonstrated the resources they have and I believe that the city has all that is needed for quality, safe, and cost-efficient filming. I am much impressed by the commitment of the municipal authorities to the cultural agenda. The support of the Moscow Government is extremely valuable.’In order to promote Moscow and its multitude of diverse locations Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze initiated Moscow in Motion, a multimedia project that combines photography, an action short, and an AR smartphone app.The audience of the pavilion greeted the Moscow in Motion premiere with applause. The action short was filmed in a variety of restricted and sensitive locations made available by the municipal and federal authorities. Katya Mtsitouridze, the project’s general producer, set up filming with the Roskino team and Stereotactic studio. The endorsement of the Moscow Government, the Departments of Transportation, Culture, and Media were instrumental in arranging complicated episodes and sets in restricted locations. The Ministries of Defence, Emergencies, Foreign Affairs and Interior along with the Federal Security Service and the Federal Security Guard Service provided helicopters, armoured vehicles, and special forces units. The short is meant to demonstrate the various prospects Moscow has to offer including the Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow City business district and the Tretyakov Gallery, the Luzhniki Arena, several waterways, intricate road junctions, Moscow Central Railway, the Triumhpal Arch, the Russian State Library, and many other sites.Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:‘We worked very hard to make this film and we have gained a unique experience that demonstrated the strengths and the weaknesses of setting up filming in Moscow. Permitting is the most difficult part but luckily Roskino could rely on the support of the city government, the Ministry of Defence and Interior, the Federal Security Service, the National Guard, and other authorities that managed all the issues in manual mode. In future we have to establish a clear and functional system, otherwise the bureaucratic hurdles might scare away our international colleagues and get negative publicity for the MFC. However I am sure that the commitment and expertise of the MFC team will improve things greatly. I have to mention the positive experience that the crew, myself and my co-producer Sergey Yakhontov had of working in the Kremlin. Our warmest thanks go to the management and the team of the Presidential Press and Information Office, the Commandant of the Kremlin and the Federal Security Guard Service that arranged everything in a few days and helped us to set up filming with zero inconvenience. They are all properly credited and thanked both in the film and the photo album.’One of the top Russian professionals, the internationally acclaimed photographer Anton Lange is attached to the photo part of the project. Hundreds of city locations were made available by the Moscow Government and personally by the Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. The project will feature images of all seasons. Roskino intends to publish a 400-page photo album and a compact production guide to facilitate location scouting for international productions.Anton Lange:‘Oddly enough, the most difficult thing to shoot is the city you live in. Katya suggested the subject, Moscow in Motion, and it proved fascinating. I am proud to be a part of this ambitious initiative and the wonderful Roskino team.’All the images will be available in the Locations section of the MFC website that was also presented in the Russian pavilion. The design, infographics and content of the website were highly appreciated by the industry professionals.Markus Blunder, Dreamrunner Pictures Producer and CEO‘I am thrilled with the presentation. The photo project is beautiful, and the Moscow film has not only spectacular settings but also a great sense of humour. The website offers exhaustive information and a selection of locations and explains how to get support. All of it helps international producers to overcome their biases and start shooting Moscow in Moscow. Actually, I like your slogan. I had three experiences of filming in Moscow over the last 10 years but I mostly dealt with private productions. Hope things will get easier now.’Roskino commissioned by the Moscow Department of Culture created the MFC website that is currently in test mode. It will be launched shortly after final approval. The website provides a full production toolkit including unique comprehensive databases of internationally oriented local productions, top notch equipment rentals, and English-speaking talents with their representatives. Roskino jointly with the Moscow Department of Transportation and Infrastructure established a clear set of rules and regulations concerning shooting in various city locations including waterways and road junctions that comes complete with a reliable timeline for obtaining the necessary permits. The website also provides the necessary details on visas, filming permits, and the MFC itself.Jerome Paillard, Marché du Film Executive Director:‘We are happy to welcome the MFC presentation at the Marché du Film. Last year we witnessed an initiative, and this time we were impressed by the results of great effort. The Moscow short is worthy of any festival in the world. I wish our Roskino and MFC colleagues good luck and lots of good projects!’The Moscow in Motion AR smartphone app presented jointly with the film uses over 200 episodes of Soviet and Russian film classics shot in the Russian capital for its virtual tours. Everyone is welcome to plunge into the unique atmosphere of the chosen film and visit the locations used by acclaimed directors over the years. The list of featured movies includes the Oscar-winning Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears as well as the latest national blockbuster Going Vertical, aka Three Seconds.Igor Ugolnikov, producer and Moskino President‘The main goal of the film commission is to present the Russian capital in international films as diverse, bright, beautiful and modern as it is. In order to achieve this goal we are ready to facilitate the work of international crews in every way. The Roskino team made an enormous amount of work in a very short amount of time. It has been less than a year from initial idea to implementation and we already have the brilliant campaign, the film, the book, and the photo project. The Moscow Film Commission is already in the center of attention, and we were able to welcome many international collegues to our presentation. We already have plenty of requests, and now we have to prove the MFC is really working. Our beautiful city deserves all of it, especially since the initiative is endorsed by the Mayor of Moscow.’The Russian delegation is brought to Cannes by ROSKINO with the support of the MInistry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow, owing to the strategic partnership of Aeroflot Russian Airlines PJSC.

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KONSTANTIN KHABENSKY WILL PRESENT “SOBIBOR” IN CANNES One of the most awaited films of the year – feature film “Sobibor” will be presented by its director Konstantin Khabensky in Cannes. The screening of the film will take place on May 10th during Marche Du Film.Previously “Sobibor” was screened in Warsaw, Washington, in UN headquarters in New York and in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.“Sadly, but the topic of Nazism and genocide will be always relevant”, – says Konstantin Khabensky. – We see that people hate and kill each other because of the “wrong” language, faith, skin color, eyes shape. Nazism is a maximum level of evil. It is the rebellion to such pure evil that gives rise to heroism that remains forever. One of such heroes was Alexander Pechersky”.Konstantin Khabensky played the main character of the film and also debuted in it as a director. The cast of the film is represented by the famous international talents - Christopher Lambert, Mariya Kozhevnikova, Felice Jankell, Michalina Olszanska, Philippe Reinhardt, Gela Meskhi and others.The producers of ‘Sobibor” are Elmira Aynulova and Mariya Zhuromskaya (“Chastnoe pionerskoe”) and Gleb Fetisov (“Loveless”, “Duelist”). The film was produced by the company Cinema Production and «Fetisoff Illusion» with the support of Alexander Pechersky Foundation. Its release is dedicated to 75th anniversary of the rebellion by the prisoners in the death camp located in Poland.The story of the film is based on true events and tells about the only successful uprising of the prisoners during the World War II that was led by the Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky.“Sobibor” was released in Russia on May 3rd.Screening of “Sobibor”:May 10th, 4:00 pmGray D’AlbionInterviews with Konstantin KhabenskyMay 11thYou can attend the screening with your Marche du Film badge. For screening invitation and interviews – please send the request to: contact@Upgrade9.com.

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RUSSIAN PAVILLON PROGRAM CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Wednesday, May 0915.00 - 15.30Gala Opening of the Russian Pavilion 2018 Program AnnouncementSpeakers:Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEOAnton Malyshev, Russian Cinema Fund Executive DirectorSergey Dvortsevoy, director of AYKA, Main Competition of the 71st Cannes Film FestivalIlya Stewart, producer of SUMMER by Kirill Serebrennikov, Main Competition of the 71st Cannes Film FestivalIgor Poplaukhin, director of CALENDAR, Cinéfondation Shorts Section.15.30-15.40Iskusstvo Kino, Speed PitchSpeakerAnton Dolin, Editor-in-ChiefCurated by Anna Miroshina15.40-16.00Press call16.00-16.30Champagne & entrées22.00Gala screening of Summer by Kirill Serebrinnikov, Main Competition of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Grand Théâtre Lumière, Palais des Festivals (129 min.)Thursday, May 108.30Press screening of Summer by Kirill Serebrinnikov, Main Competition of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (129 min.)14.30 - 15.00Presentation of 1968.Digital - first mobile documentary seriesSpeakers:Mikhail Zygar, creator, screenwriter, directorTimur Bekmambetov, producerKaren Shainyan, co-creator and executive producerCurated by Dmitry Kabanov15.00 - 15.10Press call15.10 - 15.30Presentation of Rabbit PawThe project will be presented by the director Nana Dzhordzhadze, producer Yuliya Sobolevskaya, and screenwriter Irina Mariychuk.Curated by Anna Miroshina15.30Champagne & entréesFriday, May 119.00 – 11.00Russia in Focus (within the framework of the Producers Network)At the Plage des Palmes (Village International) ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze introduces six upcoming producers from Russia with projects of great co-production and international distribution potential (open for registered participants of the Producers Network).Boris Mashkovtsev, Soyuzmultfilm StudioEkaterina Mikhailova, Vega FilmMila Rozanova, New People Film CompanyEkaterina Tarbo-Ignatenko, Viva FilmsEkaterina Filippova, Pan Atlantic Film CompanySergey Yakhontov, Stereotactic StudioCurated by Dmitriy Kabanov and Anastasia Zabrodina14.00 -14.3058,5 PRODUCTION Studio Showcase, presentation of the project THE ETERNAL LIFE OF ALEXANDER CHRISTOFOROV Speakers:Aleksei Guskov, producer and actorIgor Ugolnikov, actorCurated by Dmitry Kabanov14.30 - 14.40Press call14.40 - 15.10VOENFILM Studio Showcase. Presentation of the projects Last Frontier. They Fought for Moscow and Saving PushkinSpeakersIgor Ugolnikov, general producerEvgeniy Ayzikovich, creative producerEduard Pichugin, producer, General Director of Lenfilm StudiosCurated by Anastasia Zabrodina15.10 - 15.20Press call15.20Champagne & entréesSaturday, May 1215.00 - 15.40Moscow Film Commission PresentationSpeakers and Experts:Vladimir Filippov, Deputy Head of the Moscow Department of CultureKatya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO, creator of the Moscow in Motion projectEvgeny Gerasimov, Head of the Commission for Culture and Mass Communications of the Moscow City DumaSvetlana Maksimchenko, Moscow Cinema CEO, Secretary-General of the Moscow Film CommissionAnton Lange, photographer, co-creator of the Moscow in Motion projectValeriy Kupeev, Head of the International Department of the Moscow Film CommissionGuest Speaker:Jess Conoplia, AFCI PresidentCurated by Anastasia Zabrodina and Franck Priot15.40 – 16.00 Press call16.00Champagne & entréesSunday, May 1314.30 - 14.50Presentation of the English version of RUSSIAN FILM INDUSTRY 2017, the Russian Cinema Fund analytic reportSpeakers:Anton Malyshev, Russian Cinema Fund Executive DirectorLarisa Yusipova, Russian Cinema Fund Story EditorCurated by Anna Miroshina14.50 - 15.00Press call15.00 - 15.30 Big Cinema Studio Showcase. Presentation of UnforgivenSpeakers:Sarik Andreasyan, directorDmirtiy Nagiev, actorGevond Andreasyan, producerArmen Ananikyan, producerCurated by Dmitry Kabanov and Anna Ryasik15.30 - 16.00Press call16.00Champagne & entréesMonday, May 1414.00 - 14.40Global Film Showcase presented by Cloud 21 International, ROSKINO and Kultura PR InternationalPanel on global film industry trends with a focus on topical issues of gender equality, women’s empowerment, documentary filmmaking boom, and international co-productions.Entrance upon registration: http:gfscannes2018.eventbrite.comSpeakers:Sariann Monaco, ActressProducerKatya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO, film expert Channel OneDavid Raynor, FilmmakerFounder, Bad Hat FilmsSue Vicory, FilmmakerFounder, Heartland Films, Inc.Debbie Vandermeulen, CEO, Fusion FeaturesModerated by Eileen Tasca, Indie Entertainment MagazineCurated by Anna Ryasik, Gotham Chandna, Nicole Goesseringer Muj14.40 - 15.00Press call15.00Champagne & entréesTuesday, May 1515.00 - 15.30Presentation of SOBCHAK’S CASE documentary projectSpeakers:Xenia Sobchak, screenwriter, journalistVera Krichevskaya, directorNino Maisaia, producerModerated by Katya MtsitouridzeCurated by Natalia Adamova15.30 - 16.00Press call16.00Champagne & entréesWednesday, May 1614.30 – 14.50Press conference of the Russian participants, Official Selection of the 71st Festival de CannesCalendar by Igor Poplaukhin, Cinéfondation shorts sectionSpeaker: Igor Poplaukhin, directorNormal by Michael Borodin, La Semaine de la Critique sectionSpeakers:Mikhail Borodin, directorValentin Rogatin, screenwriter, producerModerated by Andrei PlakhovCurated by Natalia Adamova14.50 – 15.00Press call15.00 - 15.30GLOBAL RUSSIANS 2018 Presentation with the participation of filmmakers and expert board membersROSKINO’s annual selection of best Russian shorts also featured in the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Marché du Film. This year’s format is a 1-minute Instagram video dedicated to the city of Moscow.Alicia directed by Boris MilovanovMoscow in 60 Seconds directed by Sergey NikolaevMoscow-Paris Repairs directed by Maria ShalaevaSoviet Soldier as a Symbol of Victory directed by Anton Olshevsky aka TonyLaPronI Wish You Were Here directed by Vladimir Petrushin aka Vladimir FaradayGLOBAL RUSSIANS 2018 Jury:Vasily Koretsky, film critic, Colta.ru, Vogue RussiaKatya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO, film expert Channel OneMikhail Druyan, producerDenis Ruzayev, film critic, Lenta.ru, Rambler.ruYouri Hazanov, Head of YouTube Partnerships, Russia, Israel, Ukraine & CISCurated by Dmitry Kabanov and Anna RyasikCoordinated by Anna Miroshina and Anastasia Zabrodina15.30 – 16.00Press call16.00Champagne & entréesFriday, May 1811.00Press screening of Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy), Main Competition of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, Buñuel Theatre, Palais des Festivals (100 min.)16.00Gala screening of Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy), Main Competition of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, Grand Théâtre Lumière, Palais des Festivals (100 min.)16.30Press screening of Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy, Main Competition of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, Bazin Theatre, Palais des Festivals (100 min.) The program is subject to change.Please check ROSKINO.ORG and RUSPAV.COM for updates

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RUSSIAN COMPANIES AT THE CANNES PRODUCERS NETWORK The Cannes International Marché du Film is taking place from May 8 to May 19, 2018 in parallel to the Festival.ROSKINO supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation along with the Moscow City Government is bringing a considerable Russian delegation with the help of its strategic partner Aeroflot Russian Airlines PJSC.ROSKINO has been a partner of the Producers Network for 7 years. Each year the event welcomes more than 500 producers from 100 countries that look for possibilities of international co-production.The Producers Network is an exclusive program for producers designed to facilitate international networking and encourage international co-production of pre-selected projects. It offers a unique opportunity to present internationally oriented projects and boost their opportunities through meetings with potential partners, private and public film funds. The networking events consist of daily breakfast meetings with special guests, presentations within the industry program and personal meetings with leading professionals.Roskino is bringing six young producers to participate in the Producers Network Country Spotlight at Plage des Palmes in the Village International. On May 11 the spotlight will be turned on Russia and Russian participants will be in the center of attention. The Focus on Russia special will open with a short showreel presenting each participant.Ekaterina Filippova will be representing Pan Atlantic, an independent studio that started with Alexander Veledinsky’s Just the Two of Us, selected for the Cannes Un Certain Regard section in 2001. This time Pan Atlantic is pitching The Man Who Surprised Everyone, a RussianFrenchEstonian co-production helmed by Natalya Merkulova and Alexey Chupov.Ekaterina Filippova, Pan Atlantic Studio:‘It is not my first time at the Producers Network. I think it is a very efficient and prestigious platform that allows to build up co-production resources and all kinds of networks, both professional and personal. Moreover, any Cannes event is incredibly full of energy. It is really great of Roskino to support this initiative so important for the international integration of Russian arthouse cinema. By some miracle earlier this year we have already won a traveling subsidy at the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum where we pitched out project at the Work-in-Progress lab. The Man Who Surprised Everyone is currently in post-production, owing to the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture, The Estonian Film Institute, and Eurimages. We hope that our participation in the HAF Goes to Cannes special section will draw the attention of buyers, distributors, and festival programmers.’Mila Rozanova will be representing New People Film Company. The studio’s portfolio features Sergey Mokritsky’s Battle for Sevastopol and Four Ages of Love, Kirill Serebrennikov’s Playing the Victim and Yuri’s Day, Ivan Tverdovsky’s Zoology, and My Dad Is Baryshnikov, a teenage drama by Dmitry Povolotsky and Mark Drugoi. The company is looking for partners interested in Ivan Tverdovsky’s latest film Jumpman.Mila Rozanova, New People Film CompanyWe are glad to be a part of the Focus on Russia special at the Producers Network. It is nice to know that our international colleagues are interested in what we are doing and we hope the level of our films and directors keeps growing. And of course we owe special thanks to Roskino for the initiative and for the unfailing support of Russian projects around the globe.’Vega Film, a Moscow and Oslo-based production company with a focus on features and documentaries, is showcasing Andrey Troitsky’s film Dolls.Katerina Mikhailova, Vega Film CEO‘For me Roskino and Cannes are interconnected. I first came here upon the invitation of Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO. It feels nice to have a home at the Festival. This is how I see the Russian pavilion, a place where I can always invite my new friends and partners.’Sergey Yakhontov joins the Producers Network to present Stereotactic’s new film The Snow Way. Stereotactic is an independent youth-oriented creative team famous for its award-winning commercials, documentaries, and shorts, including the acclaimed action short Lalay-Balalay. Yakhontov’s own CV features producing Peter Buslov’s Motherland and executive producing Roman Prygunov’s Soulless 2.Sergey Yakhontov, Stereotactic:‘Roskino makes a great job of the Producers Network presentation. The attention of the whole world is now turned to the post-Soviet cultural territories and Western producers are really interested in Russian films. However, reliable information is hard to come by while legends rule supreme. A well set-up series of personal encounters at the Cannes market will provide a development strategy for the whole industry. We are really glad to be a part of it.’Viva Films, a Moscow-based studio focusing on international co-productions, will be showcasing two projects. The first one is Inhale-Exhale aka 43, a RussianGeorgian feature film by Dito Tsintadze that has won the Works in Progress Baltic View award in Tallinn as well as the Eurimages support. The second one is Crystal Swan by Darya Zhuk, another recipient of the Baltic Event Works & Progress award as well as a Work & Progress Tribeca Film Institute grant. Both features will be presented by the producer Katerina Tarbo-Ignatenko and the actressproducer Nadezhda Gorshkova who are also bringing a film student shorts anthology.Katerina Tarbo-Ignatenko, Viva Films:‘Roskino and Katya Mtsitouridze personally make an outstanding, invaluable contribution to the future of Russian cinema. Just to think that Roskino turned 90 in 2014! Few people recall it, and fewer still are aware of the fact that only the support of Roskino makes it possible for Russian projects to participate in AFM, EFM, Marché du Film and Mipcom, to get promotion at international festivals and markets in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Hong Kong, Toronto and other key trade hubs that pave the way for upcoming talents. I do not know anyone else who would be taking on similar initiatives.If not for Katya and her team I would never have ended up in the Russian pavilion in Cannes four years ago with my very first project of an international anthology. But Roskino believed in me and gave me a chance. If it were not for this keen and efficient team, I would never have got access to the wonderful opportunities of the Producers Network that allowed us to launch a Russian-US co-production. Roskino offers not only an essential framework for the whole Russian film industry but also a very enthusiastic personal support for all of us who want to make quality films and be proud of representing our own country.The Producers Network in itself is a warranty of success. During my first visit last year I acquired a larger network of potential partners and industry contacts than in all the previous years in Russia, in spite of a long working experience with a major distributor. Producers Network allows you to address top industry professionals personally and provides the festive environment of the world’s best festival with its beautiful business breakfasts and one-to-one appointments that are far better than any office. Moreover, it is an incredibly fruitful initiative where hundreds of professionals find each other and get an incredible amount of reliable information. I am happy and honoured to be a part of it!’The director of Soyuzmultfilm Boris Mahskovtsev will be showcasing the studio’s new titles: Smart Clay Numbers by Sergey Merinov, Orange Cow by Maria Koneva and Irina Elshanskaya, Chequered Zebra by Andrey Kuznetsov, Pirate School by Alexey Lebedev and Hoffmaniada by Stanislav Sokolov. Since 1936 Soyuzmultfilm remains the biggest animation studio in Russia with a library of over 1500 titles in various techniques, many of them among the world’s golden classics and most of them an essential part of the national cultural identity.Boris Mashkovtsev, Soyuzmultfilm:‘For Soyuzmultfilm taking part in Producers Network means telling the world we are ready for international cooperations. We are grateful to Roskino for sharing our belief in our films’ potential. For the Russian people our cartoons are an intrinsic part of the cultural DNA but we are well aware that for the rest of the world animation is a truly international language. And co-production offers a useful tool for discovering state-of-the-art trends and techniques. Most importantly, this year we are presenting Stanislav Sokolov’s stop motion feature Hoffmaniada that is essentially building a bridge from the classical Soyuzmultfilm era to the present and from Russian culture to Europe.’

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IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 71ST FESTIVAL DE CANNES “Leto” (Summer) movie directed by Kirill Serebrennikov is included into the Official Selection of the 71st Festival de Cannes. A biopic of a Soviet rock legend Viktor Tsoi the real “icon of the 1980s” is a co-production of the Russian Hype Production and the French Kinovista. “Leto” had been successfully announced for the first time for International distribution at the European Film Market in February, 2018. The rights had been bought by the film company Charades. “Leto” will compete for Palme d’Or against 17 movies among them features by Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Lee, Matteo Garrone, Jia Zhang-Ke.«Calendar» short meter by Igor Poplauhin (28') had been chosen for «Cinéfondation» competition program of the 71st Festival de Cannes. «Calendar» will compete against 17 short meters from 14 countries selected from 2426 features submitted by film schools all over the world. The winners will be awarded at the ceremony on May, 17th at the Bunuel Theatre, Cannes. Igor Poplauhin is known among Russian cinematographers not only as director but as leading tutor of the Moscow New Cinema School as well. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018 «Cinéfondation» is devoted to the search for new directors’ talent, having selected more than 320 films from more than a hundred schools of the world.

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