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‘MOSCOW IN MOTION’ A SHORT LIVE ACTION FILM Moscow in Motion is a short live action film about an American director (Stephen Ochsner) who arrives to Moscow in order to scout locations for his new project. The story he's working on is characterised by a complicated structure, featuring century-old events tightly intertwined with the modern life in a present-day metropolis. Therefore, the director is looking for the most diverse locations, ranging from historical sites and pompous palace interiors to flashy contemporary structures, as well as spaces suitable for breathtaking crowd shots and car chases. Accompanied by his future film's imaginary protagonists (Evgeny Romantsov and Yana Yenzhaeva), the director is roaming around Moscow by metro and MCC trains, riding motorbikes and speedboats. He's equally interested in exploring the Kremlin and semi-abandoned industrial estates; he's flying up the towers of Moscow City in a helicopter and driving an assault vehicle down the main intracity motorways. Having been convinced Moscow was indeed a visually bustling and unique metropolis, the director rings his producer to announce, "We're shooting Moscow in Moscow!" Next thing we see is his intention being brought to life, as he's about to start the principal photography at Mosfilm Studio. "Rolling! Action! Cut!"Moscow in Motion was made in 2018 on the initiative of the Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze as part of the promo campaign for Moscow Film Commission. Shot with participation of Stereotactic Studio, the short film is a spectacular instalment in the grand-scale multimedia project meant to present Moscow as a perfectly suitable city for film and TV production. It does not only exhibit the city's visual diversity in its different locations, but also proves that Moscow has a capacity of providing everything, required for a most complicated and ambitious project. That included speedboats, helicopters and armoured vehicles, efficiently facilitated by the Moscow Film Commission. The Moscow in Motion production could get underway with the support of the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, and active participation of the Moscow City Transport Agency and its head Maksim Liskutov personally. It was also hugely supported by such government bodies as The Presidential Administration, Press Service of the President of Russia,the Federal Security Office of Russia, The Federal Security Guard Service of Russia, Ministry of Defense of Russia, the National Guard of Russia, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.Katya Mtsitouridze, the CEO of Roskino"The Moscow Film Commission, founded by the Government of Moscow in February of 2018, is meant to become instrumental in helping local and international content producers organise the shooting in the Russian capital. In order to promote the image of Moscow as one of the world's leading filming destinations, ROSKINO developed the multimedia and multi-platform project Moscow in Motion. The short live action film Moscow in Motion as part of this project is aimed to prove the cinematic value of the city. It has been created with all the thorough approach of a feature film production, including the extensive casting call that brought in 300 actors. We went through at least 7 script drafts before we could set a perfect balance between the thrilling narrative and the necessity of showcasing the complex diversity of Moscow locations within the constricted runtime of a short film. Notwithstanding the challenging circumstances of getting a filming permit for barely accessible and restricted facilities, we have secured the support of various government bodies, and shot every single object listed in the script. The film presentation at the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018 was a huge success. Over 200 international experts, including producers, journalists and location scouts, applauded the effort and agreed on the notion of Moscow becoming a highly demanded filming location for content producers from all over the world. Our tagline is «Shoot Moscow in Moscow»!"

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RUSSIAN PRESENCE AT THE 75TH EDITION OF THE VENICE FESTIVAL AND THE 43TH EDITION OF TIFF The new season has been kicked off by two key cinema events, namely the high-profile festivals in Venice and Toronto.The 75th Venice International Film Festival took place in Italy from August 29 to September 8. The main prize of the Mostra, the Golden Lion, was awarded to Roma, a drama by Alfonso Cuarón. The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos took two major awards: the Grand Jury Prize and the Volpi Cup for best actress for Olivia Colman. The Volpi Cup for best actor went to Willem Dafoe who starred in At the Eternity’s Gate by Julian Schnabel. Jacques Audiard was proclaimed the best director: he received the Silver Lion for Brothers Sisters while the prize for the best script was awarded to the Coen brothers for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.The main competition programme of this year featured 21 titles. They were judged by a jury presided by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. His colleagues were actress Naomi Watts, actor and director Christoph Waltz, actress and screenwriter Taika Waititi, director and screenwriter Paolo Genovese, director, screenwriter and producer Małgorzata Szumowska, director Nicole Garcia, actress and singer Trine Dyrholm, and actress, screenwriter and director Sylvia Chang.In the Horizons competition section Russia was represented by The Man Who Surprised Everyone, a Natalia Merkulova and Alexey Chupov film that brought the best actress prize to Natalia Kudryashova.The Man Who Surprised Everyone tells the story of a man who was diagnosed with cancer. He is trying to trick death by becoming a different person and embracing a changed identity. The film is a Russian-Estonian-French co-production.Ekaterina Filippova, producer of The Man Who Surprised Everyone‘We are very grateful to the Russian Ministry of Culture for support. This was the core funding that allowed us to start working. Then we found Estonian partners and French producers, won a Eurimages grant, and in the very end got an angel investment from Alexander Rodnyansky.We unveiled the project for the first time at the FILMART market in Hong Kong, in the WIP HAF section dedicated to independent projects at the final stages of production. This platform allowed us to reach out to industry professionals, festival programmers, distributors, buyers, and sales companies. This is where our film caught the eyes of Venice programmers.Main competition always means superstars and winners of the previous years. There is hardly any space for new blood while the Horizons section is a quest for new names, territories, and ideas. We are happy to be among true auteurs.’Aquarela, the German-British project by the documentary icon Victor Kossakovsky was screened out of competition in the Non Fiction section. It is an experimental work filmed at a rate of 96 frames per second, a format invented by Kossakovsky himself. It pays tribute to water in all its forms presenting it a kind of live matter: an ancient, wize and powerful creature that lives alongside man.Victor Kossakovsky, director of Aquarela:‘When I was working on my previous film, ¡Vivan las Antípodas!, the protagonist, alittle girl, looked at Lake Baikal and suddenly said: ‘In my next life I’d like to become water’. This phrase made me return to Lake Baikal once again and start making a new film, this time focusing on water. I have been around the world for four times already and I know for sure that Lake Baikal is the most beautiful place on Earth. This is no pretty-pretty tropical scenery: the place is raw and truly great.At some point I started filming the glassy ice that is one meter thick when I saw a man going under. Eventually he got out and kept on walking, then went down again. I came running up to him, threw off my jacket, warmed him up and asked where he was going. His answer was: ‘Need to buy some cigarettes’.An incredible degree of surrealism.’The same section of the Mostra featured The Trial by Sergei Loznitsa, a study of the Stalinist times. The film is comprised of restored 1930’s footage chronicling a show trial of a group of people accused of plotting against the Soviet government.The National association of cinema and audiovisual industries (ANICA) organized a three-day industrial section at the Venice co-production market. This year’s focus was on China. The ANICA INCONTRA – FOCUS CHINA program took place from August 30 to September 1 and included panels, business coffees and lunches as well as screenings of Asian films, pitchings, and discussions.On the last day there was a panel discussion on to the relevant issue of co-production and Asian cinema that was moderated by Roberto Stabile, Head of the International department of ANICA. The list of speakers included the President of China Film Co-Production Corporation Miao Xiaotian, Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze, Head of the Cinema department of the Italian Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage Maria Giuseppina Troccoli, Head of RAI Cinema Asia Carlo Gentile, Program Director of Eurasia-Astana IFF Diana Ashimova, Creative Producer of Loaded Films Jason Gray,and Diplomatic Counsellor to the Italian Minister of Culture Marco Ricci.Marco Ricci described the national film system, the role of public funds, and the advantages of co-productions.Marco Ricci, Diplomatic Counsellor to the Italian Minister of Culture‘In Italy we think that all art forms including cinema need support from the state. It is especially relevant for independent artists with a singular vision. Owing to our protectionist arrangements filming in Italy and with Italy has become more attractive.’Carlo Gentile highlighted the role of media and TV in international co-productions.Carlo Gentile, Head of RAI Cinema Asia:‘The viewer today has a wide range of choice of what to watch and how: in a theater, at home or anywhere else on his own device. The media has a key role to play in the process: television can help to narrow down the choices. We show and promote, we inform of the recent developments in the art world. As for distribution, we must transcend boundaries and focus on co-productions.’According to Miao Xiaotian, European producers and filmmakers must join forces with China where the market is prospering and the audiences are on the rise.Miao Xiaotian, President of China Film Co-Production Corporation:‘China’s film industry is booming, the audience is growing, the market is the second largest in the world and still expanding with a box office of US $2,5 bln. We have the biggest amount of screens and a high demand for co-production and international expansion. We have partnership agreements with 21 countries. Last year we made 63 international projects with 63 countries, including the new Jurassic Park installment. We held several productive meetings here in Venice and reached agreements on new joint projects.’Katia Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:‘I met Mr Miao Xiaotian at the Beijing Film Festival and was happy to pick up the threads in Venice. We have mapped out a plan of Russian-Chinese cooperation and potential co-productions and discussed the new installment of Viy directed by Alexey Petrukhin. The Mystery of Dragon’s Seal is a major project with Hollywood stars of the calibre of Arnold Schwarzenegger, JasonFleming and Jackie Chan on board. In the script the protagonist travels to China and most of the plot unfolds there. We have touched upon other collaboration prospects and the advantages of filming in Moscow, a world capital with a variety of top locations, world class professionals and a huge potential for international productions. The Moscow Film Commission initiated by Roskino with the support of the Moscow government is all set for streamlining organizational, administrative and production issues, advising on location scouting andfacilitation of filming permits for sensitive sites. Moscow is ready for co-productions and potential partners are most welcome.’Roberto Stabile, Head of International Department at ANICA:‘As a representative of the national association of producers I would like to thank Roskino for our long-term partnership. We are currently working on an agreement that would allow us to expand cooperation in the area of co-production of Russian-Italian films and TV content. We are going to participate in the Cultural Forum in Saint Petersburg together.’The 43th Toronto International Film Festival took place from September 6 to September 16, 2018. The line-up comprised 342 titles from over 80 countries, 87 more than last year. Several North American premieres jointly with a strong Latin American and European component attracted over 400 000 festival-goers.TIFF follows the global trend of female empowerment by focusing on issues of sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. Since the 2017 the festival has launched a special Share Your Journey initiative aimed at offering more opportunities to women behind and in front of the camera. On September 8 the festival held a Respect Rally to support female filmmakers.Toronto has only one main prize which is the People’s Choice Award. This time it was won by Peter Farrelly’s Green Book.The festival slate featured two Russian titles in the prestigious Contemporary World Cinema section: Core of the World by Natalia Meschaninova and The Factory by Yury Bykov.The Russian delegation was brought to TIFF 2018 by ROSKINO supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.Core of the World is a drama co-written and directed by Natalia Meschaninova in a Russian-Latvian co-production. The protagonist, Egor, is a young vet at a training facility for hunting dogs somewhere in the backwoods. There is nothing but foxes, deer, badgers, and dogs. Egor lives in a lean-to shed next to the owner’s family, treats animals, oversees workhands, greets clients and their dogs. Getting along with animals is much easier for him than dealing with humans. And yet he is willing to take on any job to get closer to the facility’s owner and his near and dear. He strives for the impossible: to become a member of that family.Natalia Meschaninova, Core of the World director and co-writer:In a way the main character reflects the personality of Stepan Devonin, my husband, intimate friend and co-writer. They are people of the same kind. His lines were written with Stepan in mind, I could not but take his personality into account. Moreover, Stepan had also trained as a vet at some point. We did not have to teach him the ways of the medical workers. He knows the drill better than anyone, he even treats our own dogs and performs most manipulations without professional help. We have three terriers and we’ve been through many dangerous places. There were moments when I thought one of our dogs was really dying and my heart almost stopped but he would carry on in a most calm and efficient way.Stepan had to lose 30 kilos for the film and make special exercises. This way he looked younger, which was what I actually wanted: a plump forlorn guy doesn't really make sense.When I create a character I want people to relate to this person. I don’t really know how it works, there are no precise recipes. Egor is not a rigid substance, he has many different feelings that you get involved in while you watch the movie, and you end up loving him. I did not mean to narrate his whole life story, it was enough to suggest that Egor has had a difficult past and his relationship with his mother was really problematic. He feels a great pain inside, and his feelings towards the past he is trying to escape are very intense and very ambiguous, he loves and hates it at the same time.I kept wandering how to show the lack of affection in my character’s life in an indirect way. The people in the film hardly know how to communicate with each other, and the protagonist is no exception. He is always afraid to be punished, unloved, rejected. This is the reason the animal world is so sweet to him. Animals are never going to reject him, dogs will not chase him away from their cage, their love is unconditional.’Stepan Devonin, actor, Core of the World co-writer:‘I love animals. My parents wanted me to become a doctor and treat people. I was an A-level award-winning student and I could have entered the medical school in Smolensk hands down but I lashed out and went to Moscow to enroll into the Skryabin Academy of Veterinary Medicine. After one year I lashed out again and decided to become an actor. Brushed up on some poems from the school curriculum and entered the Moscow Art Theatre School.When you are dealing with animals, the main thing is to keep calm. They sense stress at once. But the main problem was getting into the cage with the dogs. They normally do not attack humans but as soon as I entered they would start competing and turning on each other. I could suppress them but in that case they would have been too afraid to work. Or I could miss the right moment and find myself in the middle of a fight, in a total mayhem. So it was essential to keep balance. And it took a lot of training.I wanted to create a character that was not me, and do it in a way that would eliminate any trace of acting. My aim was to kill the actor in me. Don’t know if I succeeded, it is for you to see and decide.’Natalya Drozd, Core of the World producer:‘Our film was received very well in Toronto, the director Natalia Meschaninova was very happy with the professional audience and the general public.Festival achievements are crucial for any release. We had fully packed theatres and a great press, all of which was instrumental in the competition. Luckily, we had a great press agent and we are very grateful to Roskino for advertising and promoting our film. At the moment we are drawing up the balance of the festival and our sales agents are going to finalize the deals.’The second Russian title in the TIFF 2018 lineup was The Factory, a social thriller written, directed and co-produced by Yury Bykov in a joint Russian-Armenian-French effort.After a local oligarch purchases a factory in a small Russian town and announces its closure, hundreds of blue collar workers are left with no means of support. Everyone meekly accepts this fate except for six desperate and reckless men who decide to kidnap the oligarch in order to get what is theirs. Greyhair, the roughneck leader, is an ex-military badly shell-shocked in a hot zone. Together with his comrades he initiates a mortal combat with the heavily armed bodyguards of the oligarch led by a man known as Fog. The outcome of the combat will show who is going to have the better hand, the rich or the poor. The cast includes Denis Shvedov, Andrey Smolyakov, Vladislav Abashin, Alexandr Bukharov, Ivan Yankovsky, and many more.Charles-Evrard Tchekhoff, The Factory producer:‘The festival in Toronto is one of the key events in the cinema world, this is where the premieres of future Academy Award winners are normally held. A well-planned promotion and awareness-raising campaign is crucial in order not to get lost, and we are most thankful for the support of Roskino in that respect. All public screenings were sold out and the market screenings were well attended, which means our film is able to attract both industry professionals and the general public. I see a good international potential here. Our partner for international distribution is currently finalizing the deals and we will be able to disclose them in the nearest future.’Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO:‘Over the recent years Toronto has become one of the most advanced world capitals in terms of art, entertainment and media industry. TIFF is gaining momentum, power and authority every year. This year’s edition was very successful for us. The line-up featured two interesting Russian titles that attracted a lot of attention from the public and the press alike. The reviews were extremely positive. The North American market received both films very favourably and with a well-planned marketing campaign they may well become successful. The Roskino - Russian Cinema Worldwide umbrella booth organized within the industry framework of the festival also enjoyed a lot of attention from international buyers.’The umbrella ROSKINO – RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE stand brought to Toronto with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation starred in the TIFF 2018 industry program.The traditional protagonists were Central Partnership, All Media, Planeta Inform, Mars Media, Russian World Vision, Indie Vision, Wizart: a total of over 35 production and distribution companies.ROSKINO presented an updated version of the DOORS international travelling film market catalogue featuring best national titles of 2016-2018.The portfolio of Central Partnership featured an array of projects including the Gogol trilogy by Egor Baranov, In the Hood by Olga Zueva, The Fixies vs Crabots, a second feature in the successful franchise, Guests by Evgeny Abyzov, Baba Yaga by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy, Billion by Roman Prygunov, and How I became Russian by Akaki Sakhelashvili and Xia Hao. Negotiations went on for Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy’s The Mermaid. Lake of the Dead, Coach by Danila Kozlovsky, Three seconds by Anton Megerdichev, and The Fixies: Top Secret.Katerina Pshenitsyna, CP International sales director:‘Central Partnership had a very intense time at the Toronto market. We started pre-sales of four new projects that became an instant success with international buyers: the new horror by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy, Baba Yaga. Terror of the Dark Forest, a family animation titled The Fixies vs Crabots, Olga Zueva’s drama In the Hood and Billion, an adventure action starring Vladimir Mashkov. At the moment we are finalizing the deals for several Asian territories that are going to be disclosed in due time.’All Media presented The Conquest of Siberia, Igor Zaytsev’s epic tale of the conquest of Siberia produced by Yellow, Black and White Studio, an efficient combination of period details, fast-paced narrative, and a story of first love unravelling in the times of Peter the Great. The catalogue also included the second installment of Dmitry Dyachenko’s popular franchise, The Superfamily -2.Zhanna Shakhshaeva, All Media Head of international Department:‘Our main highlight in Toronto was Sobibor by Konstantin Khabensky along with two new projects: The Conquest of Siberia, an epic produced by Yellow Black and White Studio, and Saving Leningrad, a war drama. The two titles cannot be more diverse: one is a period epic rich in colourful details, the other is a wartime drama based on a true story that took place during the siege of Leningrad. But both films are great in their own way. International buyers are very much looking forward to them. As for Sobibor, the Russian candidate for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award, we have already closed the deals for most key territories. In Toronto we held negotiations with several other important countries such as Italy and China and are currently finalizing the deals.’Wizart unveiled two much-anticipated animation projects, The Snow Queen: Mirrorland and Sheep & Wolves: Pig Deal.The studio is currently putting the final touches to the fourth installment of the Snow Queen franchise, a Yury Moskvin, Vladimir Nikolaev, Boris Mashkovstsev and Pavel Stepanov co-production with Central Partnership and Soyuzmultfilm. Mirrorland is directed by Alexey Tsitsilin and Robert Lence (Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Shrek etc). The Russian public will be able to enjoy the fruit of their work starting from January 1, 2019.Another major Wizart project is the next part of the popular Sheep & Wolves franchise, Pig Deal. The latest adventures of the wolf Grey, the she-wolf Bianca, the ram Ziko and the ewe Lyra will be released on January 24, 2019. The animation is a Sergey Selyanov, Yury Moskvin and Vladimir Nikolaev co-production with CTB Film Company. The film is directed by Vladimir Nikolaev and written by Alexey Tsitsilin, Vladimir Nikolav and Roeber Lence.Anna Pokorskaya, Wizart international sales and licensing manager:‘At the Toronto market we held meetings with buyers from our key territories: China, US, and Latin America. We have also formalized our agreements with the Chinese distributor HY MediaCAYIE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA GROUP LIMITED that is investing in production and Chinese distribution of The Snow Queen: Mirrorland and proceeded to sign an official trilateral agreement with the Russian Export Center at the Eastern Economic Forum. We hope that this high-profile event will be able to draw additional attention to our product, thus allowing Wizart to expand in Southeast Asia.’Planeta Inform showcased several new horrors.Cursed Seat by Nadezhda Mikhalkova is slated for domestic release on October 25. It is a teen horror thriller telling the story of a bunch of high school kids who learn the secret behind the urban legend of the cursed place. Apparently, everyone who gets a certain seat in the local movie theatre is doomed. At first no one takes it seriously but a series of gruesome events forces the kids to reconsider their attitude and start an investigation of their own that soon gets them into the thick of action.Ilya Maximov’s mystery thriller The Soul Conductor is the story of Katya, a girl with a powerful gift: she sees ghosts. When her twin sister disappears, Katya embarks on a desperate search. The police insist that her sister does not exist at all, she is but a figment of Katya’s own sick imagination. Meanwhile Katya discovers that there is a serial killer loose on the streets, and her sister is just one of his many victims. There is still hope to save her, but in a dark and mysterious city full of secrets no one can be trusted. Not even Katya herself. The domestic release of this film is planned for November, 2018.Dawn by Pavel Sidorov is a horror produced by Dmitry Litvinov and Vladislav Severtsev, the duo behind the international success of The Bride. The film is slated for domestic release on January 31, 2019. The protagonist is a girl who loses her brother in mysterious circumstances. She suffers from vivid nightmares and decides to undergo a treatment in a somnology institute where she is induced into a conscious dream shared with other patients. But come dawn they wake up in a different reality that is worse than any nightmare.The only documentary in the Planeta Inform portfolio is Surf Siberia by Konstantin Kokorev, a feature on the singular Russian surfing culture, a tribute to the joys of true and free life that unfolds between the surprisingly even waves of the Baltic sea, the powerful oceanic swells of Kamchatka, the Black Sea and the Arctic. The waves are the center and meaning of life for the protagonists of this story.Anastasia Bankovskaya, International Sales & Acquisitions Director at Planeta Inform:‘We had a very intense time at the Toronto market, over 50 meetings were held at the Roskino booth. The buyers were interested mostly in our new horror The Dawn, family sci-fi action thriller Robo and sci-fi thriller Coma. The Surf Siberia documentary also got its share of attention along with the teen thriller The Cursed Seat and the thriller The Soul Conductor. We are discussing several proposals received during the market.’Mars Media focused on the distribution of T-34, a military action by Alexey Sidorov, and The Ideal, a mystery drama by Kirill Pletnev, along with a number of other new projects.Mila Rozanova, Mars Media International Sales Manager:‘In Toronto we focused on our flagship project, T-34. The film is now in post-production. Some of the materials were screened in Berlin and Cannes, then we received offers from each and every important territory, and I am not exaggerating. We are trying to secure a well-deserved theatrical release for every country, so negotiations take time. The most active sales phase is going to start in November at the AFM in LA when we screen a finalized copy with most the CG in place but already in Toronto we have completed two major deals for Germany and German-speaking countries and for Benelux. In both cases we have reached an agreement on theatrical releases. At an earlier stage the film was sold to Korea (Korea Screen), Spain (Mediaset), and the Baltic countries (Garsu). The ROSKINO - RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE booth in Toronto allowed us to get a number of interesting offers from major Chinese distributors that are willing to slate a wide release for 2019 with a full-scale promo campaign. They think this film is comparable to Stalingrad that earned over $11 mln in China. All in all, the market in Toronto was very fruitful.’RUSSIAN WORLD VISION carried on negotiations for Tankers by Konstantin Maximov and Break by Tigran Saakyan. These titles are slated for domestic release in October, 2018 and January, 2019 respectively and rights for several European and Asian territories have already been sold. Insuperable is also going to be sold to Scandinavia.All or Nothing by Dmitry Suvorov was first unveiled in Torontoand instantly attracted Chinese distributors. China is also interested in Temporary Difficulties by Mikhail Raskhodnikov that is getting a release in Israel, Cyprus and UAE, as well as The Firstby Dmitry Suvorov.On top of that, The Champions directed by Alexey Vakulov, Artem Aksyonenko, Dmitry Dyuzhev and Emil Nikogosyan; Champions: Faster, Higher, Stronger by Artem Aksyonenko, and Quiet Gate by Sergey Makhovikov found a Chinese distributor, and rights for several other titles were resold.

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OUTCOMES OF THE FIRST STAGE OF THE ROSKINO PROGRAM AIMED AT MFC PROMOTION Roskino supported by the Moscow Government and the Moscow Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, with the personal endorsement of the Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, has successfully established the Moscow Film Commission (MFC) and launched the international promotion campaign of the new structure that plays a key role in showcasing the resources of today’s Moscow and reaffirming Russia as a dynamic country with a rich heritage that is open for international cooperation.In 2017 Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze approached the Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin with the film commission initiative that was soon greenlighted. The project aimed at attracting national and international film and TV crews to the capital enjoys the full support of the Mayor and the city government.The Moscow Film Commission was formally established by Moscow Government decree of February 21, 2018, with the Deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov as President, but a number pilot programs kicked off already in 2017. The Moscow Government undertakes the management of administrative issues and permit facilitation. The main goal of the Moscow Film Commission is to support Russian and international film and TV companies in setting up filming in Moscow, facilitate organizational and and production issues, offer consultancy in location scouting, streamline permitting and assist in access to restricted locations.Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO:‘In preparation for the establishment of the Moscow Film Commission we performed a feasibility study and analyzed the experience of over 40 film commissions around the globe, in Europe, Asia, and North America. The structure and competences of film commissions may vary from city to city. In the UK, for instance, it is first and foremost and economic tool geared towards generating income and stimulating the national business by attracting large-scale international film projects that spend up to $1 bln a year. 75% of this amount remains in London.The impressive locations and world class professionals available in Moscow enhance the international capacity of the Russian capital. However, global productions need a reliable, trustworthy source of information as well as credible partners. The fact that the MFC is represented by Roskino adds weight to the new structure since we have been working on comprehensive solutions aimed at worldwide promotion of Russian film industry for 8 years. We enjoy the reputation of a solid and reliable partner, and we hope that with time the promotion efforts jointly with the performance of the new structure will make the MFC a desirable partner for international productions.Strategically speaking, it is worth while for Moscow to compete for projects that are considering London or Paris (two capitals with a comparable price level, albeit with a working system of tax rebates) rather than Bucharest that attracts middle- to low-budget projects from Europe and the US by extra low production prices and huge rebates. Romania offers studio pavilions and specialists at very low rates, it is even more cost-efficient than Prague or Budapest.Bulgaria is a direct competitor of Romania. Nearly all the big international projects shot in the country are produced by Millenium, a company with in-house studios and production base. Legendary Entertainment also works in Sofia, especially when the project requires a significant workforce. Over the last few years Bulgaria hosted a number of large-scale Hollywood projects such as 300: Rise of an Empire, London Has Fallen, Mechanic: Resurrection, and a number of others.The film commissions of France are a completely different story. The country has a network of 38 film commissions based in various cities including Paris. Each one has a different set of rules but the whole network is coordinated by a centralized structure, Film France. All members of the organization can tap into a pool of experts, enjoy marketing support through booths at various markets and film events, access various databases and software, and enjoy harmonized promotion efforts. In other words, Film France has two kinds of clients: foreign productions and local film commissions. The agency is financed by the same National Center for Cinema that is behind the national film productions.Franck Priot, the international consultant of the Moscow Film Commission, has held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Film France from 2005 to 2015. The coordinated efforts of Franck and his lean team enhanced by a steady State support allowed major Hollywood productions to return to France over these 10 years. I am very happy that our friend Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of the Cannes Marché du Film, could kindly recommend Roskino as a long-term reliable partner so that Franck was able to join us and offer his precious advice for the creation of the Moscow Film Commission.’In the period of 2017–2018 Roskino supported by the Moscow Government took action to attract international film and TV crews to Moscow and promote the positive image of the city as a unique, comfortable and safe filming destination with a plethora of diverse locations and world-class productions. The promotion campaign of the Moscow Film Commission unfolded at all the major global film events, thus enhancing the tourist appeal of the Russian capital.The PR campaign of the Moscow Film Commission was implemented at the following international events:American Film Market (AFM), Location EXPO (November 1 – 8, 2017, Los Angeles, USA)FOCUS, The Location Guide, an international trade event and location show for film, television, and commercials (December 5 – 6, 2017, London, UK).Berlinale and the European Film Market (EFM) (February 15 – 25, 2018, Berlin, Germany)FILMART, Hong Kong international film and TV market (March 19 – 22, 2018, Hong Kong, China)MIPTV global TV and digital content market (April 9 – 12, 2018, Cannes, France)71st Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film (May 8 – 19, 2018, Cannes, France).Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO:‘The digital sector is of primary interest today as it is the most dynamic part of the market. Apart from Amazon, Lucasfilm and other giants we met a lot of producers working on Youtube-oriented projects, making Instagram and Facebook videos. They have real production budgets and professional crews for creation of branded content or magazine videos. Most of them have an experience of working in Kiev or Minsk but not Moscow. They reacted very favourably to the recent information on the advantages of Moscow, the available sites, and production security. Now we have to do our part, and I am talking not only of the Moscow Film Commission but also of the local production companies. We have to meet the highest international standards, adjust our prices and respect our obligations. In our industry the word of mouth and the personal experiences are paramount.’A Location Expo was launched at the American Film Market in Los Angeles in November, 2017. Over 60 film commissions, facilities and government agencies from around the world offered their production incentives to the global film companies. This is where the Moscow Film Commission was first presented to the American audience. The international industry professionals took a great interest in the opportunity. Th Roskino team held over 65 meetings that resulted in dozens of requests for detailed and updated information on Moscow filming regulations. In follow-up of these meetings 11 international companies have expressed interest in working with the Moscow Film Commission and the Russian productions.The Moscow Film Commission had its own booth at the Focus Location Expo that took place in London in December, 2017.The event was aimed at international film and TV professionals. In two days the Roskino team scheduled and held over 40 meetings with major film and TV production companies. The MFC booth attracted over 500 professionals. As a result of the meetings, a keen interest in the MFC was registered among global film, drama, and leading commercial producers. The booth was especially popular with location managers and scouts that collect information on potential new locations. Negotiations were held with a number of leading global film commissions, including colleagues from Paris, Prague, Budapest, and London. Exchange of experiences took place and possibilities for future cooperation were explored. The MFC representatives met production associations and reached an agreement with the UK Production Guild to collaborate on setting up filming in Moscow.The European Film Market at the 68th Berlinale in February, 2018showcased major global production companies and associations. The program included a special pre-production section, and the Moscow Film Commission booth debuted in the European framework. The Roskino team assisted by the international consultant Franck Priot scheduled and held over 60 meetings. As a result, 31 companies expressed an interest in co-producing projects in Russia and exploring the possibilities of the Moscow Film Commission. An agreement was reached with ANICA, the leading Italian production association, to promote the MFC, Moscow locations and production services among Italian content providers.At FILMART, the biggest film and TV content market in Asia that took place in Hong Kong in March, 2018 the MFC was showcased at the Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide umbrella stand among the leading European, Asian and American film and TV productions and film commissions. Over 45 meetings with leading film and TV professionals were scheduled and held during the market. As a result, 23 global companies expressed an interest in exploring the possibilities of collaboration with the MFC and the Russian film and TV productions.At the MIPTV digital and TV content market that took place in Cannes in April, 2018, the MFC was once again showcased at the Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide umbrella stand. The television professionals were as keen about Moscow as the film people. The representatives of HBO, Starz, FremantleMedia, CBS, Amazon, BBC and other major players took the information on the MFC and its services into account. 34 meetings with industry professionals were scheduled and held at the content market.The 71st Cannes International Film Festival and Marché du Film that took place in May, 2018 was the biggest global entertainment event of the year second only to the Olympics. The Roskino stand at the film market featured a special MFC corner that attracted a lot of global production professionals. The Roskino team jointly with the international consultant Franck Priot scheduled and held over 35 meetings with international producers and productions. As a result, 24 companies expressed an interest in collaboration with the MFC and the Russian colleagues.The Moscow Film Commission was presented in the Russian Pavilion on May 12, 2018. Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze demonstrated the key features of the original MFC website and the Moscow in Motion multimedia project she had co-created and produced. Moscow in Motion combines a series of 450 images of Moscow locations shot over the year by the cult photographer Anton Lange, a location guide targeted at international producers, the Moscow in Motion action short, and the Film Moscow AR smartphone app. Svetlana Maksimchenko, MFC Secretary General, informed the audience of the functions and strategic goals of the structure. The presentation was attended by over 200 global industry professionals. As a result of the promo campaign co-organized with the DDA communication agency the MFC corner enjoyed a great attention.Anton Lange, Moscow in Motion co-creator:‘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 have been a part of this ambitious initiative and the wonderful Roskino team. Every time we went out to shoot our enthusiasm was boosted. We were happy to participate in a landmark project that captured the soul, the pace, the mood, the details, and the character of our favourite city throughout the four seasons of the year. In fact, we created not only an instrument for global film and TV professionals but a chronicle of city life for a wide audience of Moscow citizens and tourists. In spite of the many tricky aspects that had to do with the weather and the complicated permitting process we were enjoying the project immensely, and I hope the international professionals will be able to appreciate our unique album of 420 original images in the nearest future.’The website of the Moscow Film Commission has been created by Roskino to offer comprehensive information on the MFC services, local production companies, available locations, and production incentives at governmental and private level. The website targets the global film, TV, media and entertainment community. It will be launched shortly as a part of the Moscow municipal web portal.The website of the Moscow Film Commission created by Roskino features:- a map of over 500 unique locations complete with brief notes on every site featured in the series of images created by the photographer Anton Lange at the commission of Roskino from August 2017 to August 2018. The images showcase the locations in all seasons;- a comprehensive, regularly updated database of world class film and TV productions open for international cooperation;- a comprehensive, regularly updated database on state-of-the-art equipment rentals;- a database of English-speaking talents and their representatives;- a clear set of filming rules and regulations established by the Moscow government;- organizational information on logistics, transportation, crew visas and other red tape details;- live weather updates;- Moscow in Motion action short shot in various restricted sites of the city;- contact details and application form.Franck Priot, MFC international consultant:‘It is worth noting that while the choice of countries and locations generally lies with the producers, the advice of location managers, directors, and writers is also taken into consideration. Financial factors play a key role but personal experiences and connections should not be underestimated. Over the past 10 years very few international productions really got to shoot in Moscow. Therefore very few producers, let alone the audiences, are aware of today’s reality of the Russian capital. They do not know what the city looks like and have no clue about ultramodern locations such as the Moscow City business district or the Zaryadye park.There is lack of transparent system of production insurance and completion bonds, lack of information on local production companies who could assist in setting up filming, lack of awareness of financial regulations and specific aspects of the climate (for instance, what is the best season for shooting where), lack of understanding of the difficulties that may arise in the process and the structures to turn to in order to solve the problems. All of these issues come along with the lack of reliable information about the costs. Moscow is known as a super expensive city for expats, so producers tend to assume that for filming it is more expensive than other European capitals. These obstacles stop international producers from coming to shoot in Moscow. The Moscow Film Commission intends to solve most of these problems by informing the global community of the available options and offering support on the spot.However at the moment the MFC is not fully operative. The next step is to create a working system of rebates and other financial incentives conforming to international standards. The implementation of such a program will make the international promotion of the MFC much more efficient. At that point Moscow will be able to compete with cities like Prague, Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia that have hosted 50% of the Hollywood and British film and TV productions over the last 10 years. In these capitals the tax rebates vary from 20% to 40% depending on the project budget. Until the rebate system was introduced in France in 2009 Paris saw as few international productions as Moscow does today. All the industry professionals that were interested in Moscow wanted to find out more about the regulations, the permitting timeframes for various objects, and the climate patterns in various cities including Moscow. When the producers and location scouts were introduced to the work of the fabulous Anton Lange they immediately asked if there was a website where all these images were available. However, the filmmoscow.com website we have been promoting on every platform and printed product as agreed with the Moscow Department of Culture offers no clue about all the above issues. It does not even have the basic information on the structure and advantages of the Moscow Film Commission. All of this content, apart from the filming regulations, is available at the original Roskino-created website I have tested on my global colleagues. The feedback I got allows me to conclude that the sooner the website is launched and becomes available for global audiences the sooner we can expect a maximal result of the extensive research and massive promotion effort that were put into the establishment of the Moscow Film Commission.’In total, from August, 2017 to August, 2018 the Roskino team scheduled and held 247 meetings with representatives of 60 nations, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Israel, China, Austria, Italy, France, Korea, Germany, the Scandinavian countries and many others.As a result, the MFC received 131 requests for cooperation. The proposals came both from independent producers and major entertainment companies. It proves that global productions are ready to include Moscow locations in their future projects provided they get favourable offers from the Moscow Film Commission.In follow-up of the meetings Roskino created a fact sheet for Russian companies interested in international co-productions with an annotated list of foreign companies potentially interested in filming in Moscow. The list is available in an annex and the contact details can be requested from Roskino.AMERICAN FILM MARKETNovember 1-8,2018A Location Expo was launched at the American Film Market in Los Angeles in November, 2017. Over 60 film commissions, facilities and government agencies from around the world offered their production incentives to the global film companies. This is where the Moscow Film Commission was first presented to the American audience. The international industry professionals took a great interest in the opportunity. Th Roskino team held over 65 meetings that resulted in 30 requests for detailed and updated information on Moscow filming regulations. In follow-up of these meetings 11 international companies have expressed interest in working with the Moscow Film Commission and the Russian productions.A-Z FILMSUS production and distribution company interested in partneships with Russian production. Planning to attend the Moscow Film Festival. Ready to consider collaboration with the MFC on location scouting and permitting.BOUTIQUE EDITIONS LTDBritish publishing group behind the Location International magazine, a publication available at all the major trade shows (Locations Trade Show in LA; Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity; Berlinale; MIPTV and MIPCOM; Sundance Film Festival; AFM). Yearly outlet issued in April, in the run-up of the Cannes festival. Interested in international promotion and ready to partner both with the MFC and the Russian film and TV productions.CINEMA AND VIDEO INTERNATIONAL Italian bilingual publication distributed mainly in Italy and at some international markets (in the English version). Has a big section dedicated to locations and film commissions. Offer promotional opportunities to the MFC and Russian productions.EMPIRE FILMSMajor US production focusing on film and TV content. Currently developing a WWII project. Ready to consider a partnership with the MFC to cast English- speaking talents and set up filming, interested in co-production opportunities offered by local companies.FINANCIAL SOLUTIONSUS financial consultancy and invest management company based in Massachusetts. Interested in partnership with the MFC, require filming and permitting regulation and more info on the MFC organizational structure. Ready to offer consultancy to Russian producers looking for international cooperation opportunities.GREENBERG TRAURIG International Miami-based legal advisors with a focus on film and TV production. Interested in partnering with the MFC, waiting for more details. Advised to get in touch with line producers working in Eastern Europe. Ready to work with Russian productions.SCENARIOOne of the top US companies focusing on development of original feature film and television scripts. At the moment the portfolio of projects in development includes several stories set in Moscow. After a general presentation of the MFC functions a formal request for production support can be expected. The company would like to get more information on the opportunities offered by the MFC and the filming regulations.SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Shanghai International Film festival. Interested in partnership. Invites an MFC representative to visit the festival. Ready to discuss the possibility of signing an MOU.SOLOPLANPolish production that is currently developing a project set mainly in Moscow. Interested in the MFC support for permitting and location scouting. Ready to work with Russian productions.TAKE ONE PRODUCTIONSA US company that is developing a co-production project that may be partially set in Moscow. Willing to send more info and discuss the possibility of partnering up with Moscow for filming support and location scouting. Interested in finding a Russian production capable of setting up filming in Moscow.ZED ENTERTAINMENTA US company producing a film starring Eric Roberts. Looking for a Russian distributor. The film is currently in post production. Interested in working with the MFC on their future Moscow-related projects. Need more information on the opportunities offered by the MFC support, financial incentives and potential discounts at local production studios.

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RUSSIAN ACTORS STARRING IN INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS Russian film stars are going international. The leading Irish talent agent Richard Cook known as the Irish casting pioneer, the founder of the Subtitle Film Festival in Kilkenny, and co-founder of The Lisa Richards Agency, informed ROSKINO of the career achievements of several Russian actors.In 1989 Richard Cook and his actress sister established The Lisa Richards Agency that specializes in casting actors, authors, directors and producers around the globe. The company represents Pierce Brosnan, Cillian Murphy, Amy Ryan, Aidan Turner, and many other stars.Richard Cook is also the founder of the Subtitle Film Festival – a top international yearly event that takes place in the heart of Ireland, in the town of Kilkenny. The line-up features European titles, master classes, andtalent networking events.In a follow-up of the festival several leading Russian actors have been tapped for international films and series. It was the lucky touch of the agent that got Yuri Kolokolnikov his guest star appearance in the legendary Game of Thrones, and later in The Transporter Refueled by Camille Delamarre and The Hitman’s Bodyguard by Patrick Hughes. Daniil Vorobyev was tapped for the British drama Riviera directed by Hans Herbots, Philipp Kadelbach, and Adrian Lester, Nadja Bobyleva was cast in Ashes in the Snow by Marius A. Markevicius, and Diana Pozharskayaappeared in The Unknown Soldier by Aku Louhimies. Richard is representing many more Russian talents: the actors Danila Kozlovsky, Maria Andreeva, Evgenia Brik, Lyubov Aksenova, the director Anna Melikyan, the cinematographer Mikhail Krichman, and a number of others.Most recently Richard Cook has shared with Roskino the exclusive news: the popular Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov has just been cast in the new Michael Bay thriller 6 Underground for Netflix and Skydance.Richard Cook, The Lisa Richards Agency co-founder‘I am so happy for Yuri, I think he is one of the most promising talents in Russian cinema today. It is a big break for him, and the biggest budget for an original Netflix project to date. 6 Underground starring Ryan Reynolds will start shooting at the end of September in Italy. And working with Michael Bay is a dream opportunity when it comes to professional fulfilment.’According to Variety, 6 Underground is a spec created by Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who will also executive produce. Skydance Media’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce the project along with Bay. The plot revolves around six billionaires who fake their own deaths and form an elite team to fight the bad guys. The release is scheduled for 2019.The actress Diana Pozharskaya who shot to fame after the Hotel Eleon series is about to start filming her first English-language lead in Firebird helmed by the Estonian Peeter Rebane. It is a great achievement for Diana. Based on a true story, Firebird is a cold war thriller set in the 1970’s Soviet air force. A dangerous love triangle forms when both Luisa, a charming and ambitious secretary to the base Commander, and her best friend Sergey, a troubled conscript, unexpectedly fall for Roman, a daring young fighter pilot. Driven by curiosity, they embark on a fatal affair of forbidden love and deception, navigating the precarious line between love and friendship. Sergey has to face his past, Roman’s career is endangered and Luisa struggles to keep her family together. As the walls close in they risk their freedom and their very lives in the face of an escalating KGB investigation and the multiple perils of an all seeing Soviet regime. The project is produced in the UK by Brigita Rozenbrika and executive produced by Mauro Durant and Neil Tennant. Release is scheduled for 2019.Maryana Spivak, internationally recognized for her role in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (2017), has completed filming in Danny Boyle’s new film for Working Title set in an imaginary world where The Beatles never existed.Danila Kozlovsky and Sofya Lebedeva have been confirmed for a new season of McMafia. The Russian organized crime drama debuted in February, 2018 as an eight-part series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins. Inspired by Misha Glenny’s best-selling book of the same name, the series follows Alex Goldman (James Norton) as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of organized crime. McMafia is co-produced by the BBC, AMC, in association with Twickenham Studios, and distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.Danila Kozlovsky also continues his work in Season 6 of Vikings which is currently being filmed in Ireland for the History Channel. He is starring in the leading role of Oleg the Prophet.Vikings is a project created and entirely written by the Michael Hirst, a family saga that tells of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages. The character of Kozlovsky was a Varangian prince of Novgorod who ruled the Rus people in the 10th century. Coincidentally, Kozlovsky headlined the 2016 big-budget Russian feature by the same title where he played one of Oleg’s successors, Vladimir the Great, Prince of Novgorod. Kozlovsky is repped by Richard CookLisa Richards Agency and Larry Taube at Principal Entertainment, LA.Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO:‘We have been working with Richard Cook for 6 years. Roskino supports the participation of Russian actors in the Kilkenny festival. It is one of the best networking events of the world where actors are treated with love and respect and a great atmosphere is produced to bring out the best sides of their creative nature and to show the sides of their skills and talent that can hardly come out at a normal casting interview. Richard arranges meetings with top casting directors and influential agents that can be life changing.I believe that supporting the international expansion of the Russian artists must become one of the industry priorities. Only by getting out of the comfortable local community can they unlock their true potential. Danila Kozlovsky and Yuri Kolokolnikov whose every appearance is a real thrill, Evgenia Brik who has just been screen tested for Bond girl, Maria Andreeva who is bound to get great international proposals, Darya Ekamasova who has managed to charm even the smuggest members of the New York-based industry, and many other talents are worthy of a great acting career and a worldwide recognition. This is the very soft power out President Putin has been talking about. Hopefully with time Roskino supported by the Ministry of Culture will be able to implement the program of national cinema promotion where actors are supposed to play a key role. The French have realized it a long time ago and they act with panache. In Russia our possibilities are still limited but the results are already impressive. The newest international achievements of our talents are the best national cinema day gift for those who truly care about Russian actors.’

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RUSSIA AT TIFF 2018 The 43th Toronto International Film Festival, one of the key events in the film calendar, is running from September 6 to September 16. The line-up of the previous edition comprised 340 titles from 340 countries that attracted over 400.000 festival-goers. The 2018 selection features entries from 80 countries, including a number of North American premieres and a strong Latin American and European component.TIFF follows the global trend of female empowerment by focusing on issues of sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. Since the 2017 the festival has launched a special Share Your Journey initiative aimed at offering more opportunities to women behind and in front of the camera. On September 8 the festival holds a Respect Rally to support female filmmakers.The Gala section includes 21 titles, in Special Presentations there are 52 films, of which 21 are world premieres and 13 are made by female directors.The opening film is David McKenzie’s period drama Outlaw Kingstarring Chris Pine as the Scotch national hero Robert the Bruce. The closing film is Justin Kelly’s true-story-based Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy with Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger, and Laura Dern. Atop of an array of debuts the festival will screen new works by masters of the calibre of Paolo Sorrentino, Carlos Reygadas, Jia Zhangke, Jean-Luc Godard, Claire Denis, Alfonso Cuarón, and many others.The Russian delegation is brought to TIFF 2018 by ROSKINO supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.The festival slate features two Russian titles: Core of the World by Natalia Meschaninova and The Factory by Yury Bykov in the Contemporary World Cinema section.Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:‘The festival in Toronto has been gathering momentum and building up its authority year by year. Over the last 5 years TIFF has been shaping the global industry agenda on a level that is second only to Cannes. All the more important is the fact that over 15 Russian films have been screened in the most prestigious sections of the festival during the recent editions. This year is also most fortunate. The TIFF programmers considered 9 highly appreciated Russian titles and selected the groundbreaking works of two bright and daring Russian filmmakers: The Factory, a social drama or rather a social thriller starring one of the top national talents, Denis Shvedov, and The Core of the World, the second film by the uncompromising auteur Natalia Meschaninova. The project has attracted a lot of attention last December at the Les Arcs co-production market when it was still at the initial phase of production. And now we see it representing Russia in Toronto where female directors are highly endorsed, although the work of this highly talented filmmaker goes far beyond the cliches of women’s cinema. Both Russian titles have strong global appeal and great chances at TIFF market that is among the top industry events in the world. The market is what makes Toronto more important than Venice that is taking place almost in parallel. As always, the ROSKINO – Russian Cinema Worldwide umbrella stand showcases a selection of new, promising Russian projects with a great international distribution potential.’Core of the World is a drama co-written and directed by Natalia Meschaninova in a Russian-Latvian co-production. The protagonist, Egor, is a young vet at a training facility for hunting dogs somewhere in the backwoods. There is nothing but foxes, deer, badgers, and dogs. Egor lives in a lean-to shed next to the owner’s family, treats animals, oversees workhands, greets clients and their dogs. Getting along with animals is much easier for him than dealing with humans. And yet he is willing to take on any job to get closer to the facility’s owner and his near and dear. He wants the impossible: to become a member of that family.Natalya Drozd, producer:‘We instantly liked the script and the project convinced us at once. The film delves into one of the key problems of our civilisation that is behind major humanitarian disasters of the 20th century: we are prone to construe the troubles and mindsets of others through our own perspective, pursuing a highly judgemental vision of the good, making an energetic and destructive intrusion on the fragile ecosystem of etnocultural and social entities that are different from our own in the name of fighting for someone’s rights, without any clue of what the objects of the fight really need and how it might affect the other parties. The film shows a training facility for hunting dogs, a strange world with its own simple and peculiar ways. Such facilities have never made it to the big screen since in most countries they have long been banned. However the location offers precious insights into the inner world of the protagonist, Egor, a modern-day Mowgli that finds it easier to bond to animals than to humans.’Natalia Meschaninova, director and co-writer:‘The story is in a way inspired by the vicissitudes of the life of my nephew Oleg. His family did not want him so he took to the streets, ending up in a remand house and then in an orphanage. Core of the World is an attempt to find a better life for Oleg through cinema. To invent a character who cannot forgive his mother and grow up, who cannot deal with his own anger, fear and grievances and yet finds a family he can rely on. He is offered a chance of recovery. It is very important for me to raise the issue of pain and see how to deal with it, both from the inside and the outside. One’s bad past is not a life sentence, not even a diagnosis. The past is not there anymore, so there is a chance of working with the present to find a way out of the deep pit.’Boris Khlebnikov, co-writer‘To be perfectly honest, I have hardly any credit in this story. I was basically fine-tuning the script by reading the drafts and asking questions. The guys felt they needed advice and sparring ideas. However, it was Natalia who wrote the final script, and she was very much sure of what she was doing. I think she created a peculiar genre, a kind of mystic realism that allows us to enter into the protagonist’s head to hear and feel and interpret each and every thought and emotion. In Arrhythmia we wanted to tell a realistic story staying within the genre limits while Natalia created a genre of her own, and it is absolutely thrilling.’Stepan Devonin, actor, co-writer‘Since I worked on the script from the very start, in a way the protagonist reflects my personality. Although I had a perfectly happy childhood, I know many people with different experiences. For instance, a classmate of mine was rescued from an orphanage by her father. He had divorced her mother and moved to a different city with his new family so he could not know that the girl’s mother had been deprived of parental rights and my classmate had been sent to an orphanage. She was OK but sometimes used to steal food, even when there was no actual need for it. She also liked hugging. She would wrap her arms around you and stay like this, she could not let people go. She would snatch apples out of other people’s bags even if there were plenty of them around. It was clear from those habits that she was always half expecting people to betray her. And when you are thrown out again, at least you have an apple as a consolation. I tried to capture some of these qualities when I shaped the character of Egor.He is a vet, a person who gets along with animals far better than with humans just because humans are traitors while animals do not betray. This is why he became a vet in the first place, or at least so I suppose.’The second Russian title in the TIFF 2018 lineup is The Factory, a socialthriller written, directed and co-produced by Yury Bykov in a joint Russian-Armenian-French effort.After a local oligarch purchases a factory in a small Russian town and announces its closure, hundreds of blue collar workers are left with no means of support. Everyone meekly accepts this fate except for six desperate and reckless men who decide to kidnap the oligarch in order to get what is theirs. Greyhair, the roughneck leader, is an ex-military badly shell-shocked in a hot zone. Together with his comrades he initiates a mortal combat with the heavily armed bodyguards of the oligarch led by a man known as Fog. The outcome of the combat will show who is going to have the better hand, the rich or the poor. The cast includes Denis Shvedov, Andrey Smolyakov, Vladislav Abashin, Alexandr Bukharov, Ivan Yankovsky, and many more.Yury Bykov, director, writer, co-producer:‘It has been four years since The Fool, and all the time I was doing TV dramas. But I owe it to my public that has been waiting for a new feature. I could not have let all these people down so I am happy to present The Factory, a project I have been nurturing for a very long time. I wanted to make a gritty, masculine thriller with social implications. Essentially The Factory is a social thriller focused on the conflict of two opposite archetypes of men.’Denis Shvedov, lead actor:‘I was very happy to work with a director of the caliber of Yury Bykov. I would be happy to do anything with him, even be part of the supporting cast. His scripts are not only original, they are a unique form of genuine Art, with the capital A. His text is incredibly dense. Ordinary people do not talk like this in normal life, we always cut ourselves short to hide the density. By contrast, Bykov’s characters are unfailingly hefty, intense and profound. And yet their phrases are essentially quite simple. Somehow Yury manages to find the right balance, which is well appreciated by the public.This time I got to play a dream role: my character struggles and goes out of his way to get what he wants.’Ruslan Tatarintsev, producer:‘It is no secret that our high-brow critics hardly spoil Bykov with their attention: they set no store by his crude truths. But honesty and persistent searching of the proverbial Russian soul is much appreciated by the public. At Kinopoisk.Ru, the main national film site, hundreds of thousands users voted The Fool the best film of the century. For those people Bykov is an iconic artist on a par with Shukshin, Vyssotsky. Balabanov… The Toronto selection offers yet another proof: Bykov is a great director who pays a lot of attention to the public.’The TIFF 2018 industry program is starring the umbrella ROSKINO – RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE stand brought to Toronto with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The traditional protagonists are Central Partnership, All Media, Planeta Inform, Mars Media, Russian World Vision, Indie Vision: a total of over 35 production and distribution companies.ROSKINO is presenting an updated version of the DOORS international traveling film market catalogue featuring best national titles of 2016-2018.The portfolio of Central Partnership features an array of projects including Gogol. Origins, Gogol. Viy, and Gogol. Terrible Revenge by Egor Baranov, On the Block by Olga Zueva, The Fixies vs Crabots, a second feature in the successful franchise, Guests by Evgeny Abyzov, Yaga by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy, Billion by Roman Prygunov, and How I Turned Russian by Akaki Sakhelashvili and Xia Hao. Negotiations are going on for Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy’s The Mermaid. Lake of the Dead, Coach by Danila Kozlovsky, Going Vertical by Anton Megerdichev, and The Fixies: Top Secret.Katerina Pshenitsyna, International Sales Director:‘Toronto is the start of a new sales season, and we are presenting an extensive catalogue of new titles. Our portfolio has never been more diverse, so our expectations for the coming markets are really big.’All Media is presenting The Conquest of Siberia, Igor Zaytsev’s epic tale of the conquest of Siberia produced by Yellow, Black and White Studio. The efficient combination of period details, fast-paced narrative, and a story of first love unravelling in the times of Peter the Great appeals to all audiences. The catalogue also includes the second installment of Dmitry Dyachenko’s popular franchise, The Superfamily II.The Planeta Inform package includes a selection of new horrors.The Cursed Seat by Nadezhda Mikhalkova is slated for release on October 25. It is a teen horror thriller telling the story of a bunch of high school kids who learn the secret behind the urban legend of the cursed place. Apparently, everyone who gets a certain place in the local movie theatre is doomed. At first no one takes it seriously but a series of gruesome events forces the kids to reconsider their attitude. The friends start an investigation of their own only to become the main suspects. Trapped by fear and mistrust, the classmates decide to challenge the malevolent spirit of the cursed seat.Ilya Maximov’s horror thriller The Soul Conductor is the story of Katya, a girl with a powerful gift: she sees ghosts. When her twin sister disappears, Katya embarks on a desperate search. The police insist that her sister does not exist at all, she is but a figment of Katya’s own sick imagination. Meanwhile Katya discovers that there is a serial killer loose on the streets, and her sister is just one of his many victims. There is still hope to save her, but in a dark and mysterious city full of secrets no one can be trusted. Not even Katya herself.The Dawn by Pavel Sidorov is a horror produced by Dmitry Litvinov and Vladislav Severtsev, the duo behind the international success of The Bride. The film is slated for national release on January 31, 2019. The protagonist is a girl who loses her brother in mysterious circumstances. She suffers from vivid nightmares and decides to undergo a treatment in a somnology institute where she is induced into a conscious dream shared with other patients. But come dawn they wake up in a different reality that is worse than any nightmare.Mars Media is focusing on the distribution of T-34, a military action by Alexey Sidorov, and The Ideal, a mystery drama by Kirill Pletnev, along with a number of other new projects.The RUSSIAN WORLD VISION Toronto line-up features Konstantin Maximov’s true-story-based war drama Insuperable, aka Tankers.Although the national release is only slated for October, 2017, rights for several territories have already been sold. Negotiations are carrying on for Well Hello There, Oksana Sokolova, a comedy by Kirill Vasilyev.Other RWV titles include Break by Tigran Saakyan, currently in production, Temporary Difficulties, a true-story-based period drama by Mikhail Raskhodnikov scheduled for national release in October, 2018, Dmitry Suvorov’s period drama The First as well as All or Nothing by the same director.The RWV Indie Vision branch presents Thawed Carp by Vladimir Kott and two directorial debuts: Light Up by Kirill Pletnyov and Middleground by Alisa Khazanova.

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OUTCOMES OF THE RUSSIAN PAVILION AT THE 71ST CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND MARKET The Russian delegation was brought to the 71st Cannes International Film Festival and Marché du Film 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 and the patronage of the strategic partner Len Blavatnik.For the last 11 years the Russian pavilion officially represents the country at the Cannes Festival and Marché du Film and provides a consolidated information center for Russian filmmakers as well as a universal platform for promotion of Russian films at global markets.In 8 days the Russian pavilion hosted 14 events attended by over 4500 industry professionals. The programming ranged from feature and short films presentations to participants’ press conferences and panels covering topical issues on today’s industry agenda. 85 top industry professionals from Russia and other countries took part in these events, including the executive director of Marché du Film Jérôme Paillard, Sony Pictures Classics Co-President Tom Bernard, Zephyr Films president Chris Curling, AFCI Vice President Jess Conoplia, Heartland Films Inc. founder Sue Vicory, TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, TIFF Documentary associate programmer Dorota Lech, producer, director and Fusion Features founder Debbie Vandermeulen, Taormina and Sardinia film festivals manager Tiziana Rocca, director and Bad Hat Films founder David Raynor, Head of International department of ANICA Association of Italian Producers Roberto Stabile, Eurimages representative Vadim Lysikov, The Guardian’s chief film critic Peter Bradshaw along with representatives of Busan, Beijing, Montreal, Tallinn, Chicago and other film festivals from around the globe.DDA, the leading global film and entertainment PR agency, was responsible for the international promotion and coverage of the Russian Pavilion’s activities. In 8 days 20 press releases were written and sent out through the exclusive database of over 6000 international printed and online industrial outlets. The Russian Pavilion was covered by top industry publications including Variety, Screen International, Indie Entertainment Magazine, Le Film Français, along with other British, American, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Croatian, and French media. The panel held in the Russian Pavilion was covered by the VIVAGLAM magazine multimedia website. The French IDFM radio station interviewed Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze on Russian participation in the Cannes festival and film market and paid particular attention to the high-profile presentation of the Moscow Film Commission that had attracted top industry professionals from around the world.71ST CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LINEUPThis year Russia had 5 titles in the official selection of the festival, a record number over the past few years. Most notably, there were two Russian films in the main competition: Summer, a biopic by Kirill Serebrennikov, and Ayka, a social drama by Sergey Dvortsevoy. Both of them received awards. The performance of Ayka’s lead actress Samal Yeslyamova scored the prestigious Best Actress award and Summer received the independent Cannes Soundtrack award for the performance of Zveri (Beasts) band.Samal Yeslamova, actress, winner of the Best Actress award of the 71st Cannes Film Festival:‘I am totally and completely happy. I cannot even grasp the full meaning of what happened that night. I would like to thank the festival, the jury, but first and foremost Sergey Dvortsevoy. He is a wonderful person and a great director.’Sergey Dvortsevoy, director:‘I am so happy for Samal. She is a wonderful actress. The film was a tough challenge for her but she made it and I am glad the jury appreciated her performance. It is very important for the whole team. Although Ayka is an international co-production of five countries it is first and foremost a Russian film and a Russian victory. I would also like to express my gratitude for festival support and lasting attention towards independent filmmaking to Roskino and personally Katya Mtsitouridze who has been helping us at various stages of this production for several years.’Another Russian title, Calendar, a short by the young director Igor Poplaukhin, won the second prize of the prestigious Cinéfondation section. Poplaukhin’s drama along with 17 other titles was selected out of 2,500 submissions from around the world.The lineup of Semaine de la Critique, or International Critics Week, included Normal by the young Russian director Mikhail Borodin while the Cannes Classics section, a true cinephile haven, featured Sergey Bondarchuk’s War and Peace. Film I. Andrei Bolkonsky, the first episode of the acclaimed four-part epic meticulously restored by Mosfilm studios specialists, with the personal support of the studio’s head Karen Shakhnazarov.Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO:‘It has been an unforgettable year in Cannes with a total of five Russian films in different sections and two jury members judging the main competition and Un certain regard section. Roskino’s partnership with the Producers Network brought Russian filmmakers into the spotlight of the best possible platform for co-production partnerships. All the events of the Russian Pavilion generated a lot of interest from the public and the international press. The market participants registered an increasing demand for Russian projects that manifested itself through distribution deals for various territories of Europe, Asia and North America. Several territories were interested in Russian titles of the main competition line-up: rights for Kirill Serebrennikov’s Summer and Sergey Dvorstevoy’s Ayka are being handled by top European sales agents. The Best Actress award bestowed upon Samal Yeslyamova, the main star of Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Ayka, is an acknowledgement of the fact that Russian independent cinema fits into the international framework perfectly well. It is especially important considering the troubled global agenda. Positive news about Russia are more important than ever.’Focus on Russia at Producers NetworkThe Producers Network Country Spotlight section in the Village International included a special session focused on Russia where Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze presented six young Russian producers with internationally oriented projects open for co-production.Mila Rozanova of New People Film Company showcased Ivan Tverdovsky’s latest project Jumpman and had a series of meetings with representatives of Eurimages and co-production markets of IFFR and the Berlinale as well as programmers of Karlovy Vary and Toronto international film festivals. Business talks were held with several production companies: Arizona (France), Tremora (Lithuania), and FAME (Ireland). The good news is that Jumpman will feature in the main competition lineup of the Karlovy Vary international film festival.Ekaterina Filippova of Pan Atlantic studio had a tight meeting schedule that involved pitching The Man Who Surprised Everyone, a RussianFrenchEstornian co-productiondirected by Natalya Merkulova and Alexey Chupov.Katerina Mikhailova, CEO and producer of Vega Film, showcased Dolls by Andrey Troitsky and She Has a Different Name by Veta Geraskina starring Svetlana Khodchenkova. Both projects attracted considerable attention and the presentation led to numerous meetings. Gørild Mauseth of Orto Polare AS from Norway was especially interested in Dolls. Eileen Tasca, managing director of Alien Films and Task Films, is also considering cooperation options.Soyuzmultfilm studio launched several new projects including 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.Katerina Tarbo-Ignatenko of Viva Films pitched Crystal Swan by Darya Zhuk, a BelorussianRussianUSGerman co-production that attracted both festival programmers and distributors and allowed Viva Films to meet new potential partners. As an outcome of the Producers Network meetings, Crystal Swan will be opening the East of the West section of the Karlovy Vary festival.  Negotiations are going on with Marc-Henri Wajnberg from Belgium and his colleagues from Luxembourg. Canadian, Indian, Ukrainian and British companies are also considering some options.Sergey Yakhontov joined the Producers Network to pitch a new project of Stereotactic studio, The Snow Way. He participated in a masterclass held by top management of two famous independent studios, FilmNation and XYZ Films, and held negotiations with Andy Whittaker, the founder of the legendary Dogwoof documentary distribution company from the UK.RUSSIAN PAVILION 2018Program:Presentation of 1968.digital mobile-first seriesThe Future History creative studio of Mikhail Zygar and Karen Shainyan jointly with Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs Production launched the pioneering mobile-first vertical series with innovative interactive Screenlife elements. The project was presented at the Russian pavilion by its co-creators, the screenwriter and director Mikhail Zygar and executive producer Karen Shainyan. The producer Timur Bekmambetov addressed the public through a video message.Mikhail Zygar, Future History studio founder:‘I think 1968 is a crucial moment that shaped the world we live in today. It is the year of the introduction of the earliest Internet, the year when the sexual revolution along with revolutions in fashion and music took shape. Our project is focused on persons who were 20 to 30 years old at the time and behaved much like us. We used a new cinematic language to close the gap between us and the people of 50 years ago. The older generation often scolds the young for living in their smartphones and missing out on self-education. We tried to accept this reality and use it to our advantage, to translate history into a cinematic language that would be relevant today.’Rabbit Paw presentationThe drama was presented by the director Nana Dzhodzhadze, winner of Cannes awards and member of American and European film academies along with the producer Julia Sobolevskaya and the screenwriter Irina Mariychuk. Principal photography of the project starring Pierre Richard, Evgeniya Dobrovolskaya and Evgeniy Tkachuk is starting in June, 2018.58.5 Production studio showcaseProducer and lead actor Alexey Guskov presented The Eternal Life of Alexander Christoforov jointly with the actor Igor Ugolnikov. The latest 58.5 Production project is directed and partially written by Evgeniy Shelyakin. The comedy tells the story of its namesake, a famous Soviet actor that now is relegated to the miserable life of an extra in a theme park where he impersonates a Roman general. However, the director of the park played by Igor Ugolnikov is constantly threatening him with a transfer to the Christianity pavilion to become Jesus Christ. Alexander’s only son does not want to have anything to do with him, and his ex-wife considers him a public danger. Moreover, his medical perspectives are hardly promising. And yet he gets an unexpected gift of fate: a loving woman and eternal life. The film has a formidable cast with Oksana Fandera playing the protagonist's true love.Alexey Guskov, actor, producer:‘All good comedies are intrinsically sad: there is no laughter without tears. Ironically, sad stories are the funniest ones. This film has a lot of humour, self-mockery and reflects some of my own experiences. I have realized that being able to laugh at oneself is paramount.’The film is slated for release by Nashe Kino on October 18, 2018.VOENFILM Studio ShowcaseThe two VOENFILM Studio projects, Last Frontier and Saving Pushkin, were presented by the general producer Igor Ugolnikov and the creative producer Evgeniy Ayzikovich. Last Frontier directed by Vadim Shmelev narrates of the heroic combat deeds of the Podolsk artillery and infantry school cadets that were ordered to improvise a defense at the Ilyinsky frontier outside Moscow in October, 1941 and hold off the Nazi troops until reinforcements manage to arrive. Young boys sacrificed their lives to stop the greatly outnumbering forces of the enemy. The project is endorsed by the senator Viacheslav Fetisov.Igor Ugolnikov, general producer:‘The story of the Podolsk cadets is mind blowing, and yet it is hardly known. Evgeniy and I did an extensive research in the Defence ministry archives and ended up finding out all the names and knowing of each and every one of the 3500 personally. The experience of The Fortress of War and Battalion trained us to stick to the facts while appealing to the sensitivity of the public and creating relatable characters so that the people in the audience keep thinking: what would I do at this point? This is exactly how we intend to proceed with the story of the heroic cadets from Podolsk.’The second VOENFILM project, Saving Pushkin, is set in Mikhailovskoe, outside Pskov, in the winter of 1943-1944. The Pushkin family estate had been seized by the Nazis at the very beginning of the war and used for exemplary execution of the locals. Some of them go into hiding and join the guerrilla forces while others collaborate with the occupants. The village handyman Sergey hopes to sit it out without taking sides but his fate is turned around by the arrival of Frau Schiller, a professor of literature who comes from Germany to explain the great Russian poetry to Wehrmacht soldiers and local peasants. Sergey and Frau Maria find solace in Pushkin’s lines as well as in each other but soon the headquarters in Berlin order all historical valuables to be removed from Mikhailovskoe. Sergei wants to save the national patrimony at all costs. The plot is based on the true story of Frau Schiller of Goethe Institute who visited Pskov in 1941.Igor Ugolnikov, director and general producer:‘The magic of Pushkin’s poetry reconciles the irreconcilable and totally changes all mindsets. It uplifts and awakens love in spite of wartime cruelties.’Two stars,the Russian Sergey Bezrukov and the German Ute Lemper, are attached to the project that secured the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture. Principal photography is sheduled to start on May 10, 2019. The producers held a series of meetings with potential German partners at the Cannes market.Moscow Film Commission presentationThe Russian Pavilion hosted the presentation of the Moscow Film Commissioninitiated by Roskino with the endorsement of the Moscow Government in order to assist local and international productions in setting up filming in Moscow, streamline and fast-track organisational, administrative and production issues, facilitate filming permits and access to sensitive and restricted locations.Pilot programs started already in 2017, and on February 21, 2018 an interdepartmental authority for facilitation of filming on location in Moscow 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.The presentation was delivered by Roskino CEO and creator of the Moscow in Motion project Katya Mtsitouridze alongside the acclaimed photo artist and Moscow in Motion co-creator Anton Lange, Moskino President Igor Ugolnikov, Secretary-General of the Moscow Film Commission Svetlana Maksimchenko, and Valeriy Kupeyev of the MVC International Department, with the participation of a special guest, AFCI Executive Vice President Jess Conoplia.Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO:‘The Roskino team jointly with our international colleagues of DDA communication agency came up with a slogan: Shoot Moscow in Moscow! The international film professionals used to have security and economic concerns about the Russian capital. As it is, Moscow is now 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 itself, 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. The whole team behind the Moscow Film Commission and related projects would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the Head of the Moscow Department of Culture Alexander Kibovsky, his deputy Vladimir Filippov, the Head of the Moscow Department of Transportation, Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov, and most of all to the man whose personal understanding, endorsement and participation made it all happen, namely to the Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin.’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 shooting process were presented to the audience, including Moscow in Motion, a multimedia project initiated by Katya Mtsitouridze to promote Moscow and its multitude of diverse locations. It combines photography, an action short, and an AR smartphone app.The Russian Pavilion hosted the premiere of the Moscow in Motion short that was filmed in a variety of restricted and sensitive locations made available by municipal and federal authorities, including the Presidential Administration, the Moscow Government, the Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Emergencies along with the Federal Security Service, Federal Security Guard Service, the National Guard, and many other structures.Katya Mtsitouridze, the project’s general producer, received a warm applause and acclaim from colleagues that she shared with the whole crew. The short is meant to demonstrate the various prospects Moscow has to offer including the Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow City skyscrapers and the Tretyakov Gallery, Luzhniki Arena, several waterways, intricate road junctions, Moscow Central Railway, the Triumphal Arch, the Russian State Library, and many other sites.One of the top Russian professionals, internationally acclaimed photographer Anton Lange is attached to the photo part of the project. He has already shot hundreds of city locations that 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. Every night the Russian Pavilion ran out of production guides with two different sets of covers that were offered to the public: apparently Cannes had much more visiors interested in filming in Moscow than expected.Anton Lange, photographer, winner of several international awards:‘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.’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 to make virtual tours.Roskino commissioned by the Moscow Department of Culture created the Moscow Film Commission 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.Svetlana Maksimchenko, MFC Secretary General‘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 by Gleb Panfilov. We even obtained the temporary closure of a part of the Kremlin embankment. Аnother example: some episodes of Frenchman by Andrei Smirnov 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 has already joined the AFCI, the worldwide network of film commissioners that rely on State support to attract film productions to their regions.Jess Conoplia, AFCI Vice President‘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 ever seen. My MFC colleagues demonstrated the full range of their resources and I believe that the city has all the prerequisites 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.’Russian Film Industry 2017 analytical report presentationThe Russian Film Fund presented the English version of the analytical report on Russian film industry in 2017. The research features key numbers and trends of national production, distribution and box office with insider comments on perspectives. The presentation was delivered by the Russian Cinema Fund CEO Anton Malyshev and the Head of Analytic Department Fyodor Sosnov.Big Cinema Studio ShowcaseThe Unforgiven was presented by the director Sarik Andreasyan, the main star Dmitriy Nagiev, and the producers Gevond Andreasyan and Armen Ananikyan. The film is based on the true story of the architect Vitaly Kaloyev who lost his family in a terrible air disaster. The film uncovers the reasons behind the dramatic consequences of the crush. Unforgiven is slated for release by Karoprokat on September 27, 2018.Dmitriy Nagiev, actor:‘I come across lots of scripts but Unforgiven is truly gripping from the very first lines. It is probably the only thing I read over the last few years that made me cry like a fine novel. It does not matter to me if I look like Kaloyev or not. Our project is a work of fiction. The hardest part of all was gathering body parts of children at the crush site: the set designers and makeup artists made it all look quite real. I believe the story shows that even in the darkest of times there is a ray of hope that one should follow. Moreover, I think Russian cinema gained a true master that for some reason used to hide behind dubious projects.’Global Film Showcase panelThe Global Film Showcase panel was co-organized by Cloud 21 International, Roskino, and Kultura PR International. Leading industry specialists discussed topical issues on today’s agenda focusing on the most relevant global trends such as gender equality, female empowerment, documentary cinema boom, international co-productions and other crucial industry subjects.The list of speakers who shared their experiences included the acclaimed actress Sariann Monaco, Roskino CEO and Channel One film expert Katya Mtsitouridze, director and Bad Hat Films founder David Raynor, director and Heartland Films Inc. founder Sue Vicory, and Fusion Features CEO Debbie Vandermeulen.David Raynor, director and Bad Hat Films founder:"I think the state of the global film industry has never been better. Some people might disagree with me, especially the major film companies, but I see real stories being told now. The scripting is better, the big budgets are gone, with exception to the Marvel movies and some animation. Thus, more films will be made because of the ceiling of the $10 million investment which has been targeted by production and film companies."Debbie Vandermeulen, producer, Fusion Features founder and CEO:‘First of all, investors are very sensitive to the transparency of information the producers provide on the project. They have to be sure you offer full details in all honesty. All the fragments of the puzzle have to fit and be transparent. Moverover, producers always have to be open for new partnerships and collaborations with filmmakers of different countries and regions.’Sue Vicory, director, Heartland Films Inc. founder:‘I have filmed both domestically and internationally. Opportunities are made by the filmmaker. Being a woman has had no bearing on my ability or inability to get things done to my satisfaction. The only limitations are my own.’Presentation of The Case. The Story of Anatoly Sobchak, Vladimir Putin’s PatronXenia Sobchak presented a documentary that investigated the political biography of her father, Anatoly Sobchak. She co-wrote the script with the acclaimed journalist and director Vera Krichevskaya while Nino Maisaia produced the project. The creators believe that apart from neatly summing up the political situation in the run-up of the 1996 presidential election the film offers a lot of insights into the current state of affairs.The Case is dedicated to the first Mayor of St. Petersburg and co-author of the Russian constitution Anatoly Sobchak, the man who introduced his former student Vladimir Putin to politics. In June, 1996 Sobchak lost the regional election to his deputy Vladimir Yakovlev, and that was the end of his political career. In 1997 Putin helped Sobchak go get out of the country and move to France in the midst of a raging smear campaign. The ex-Mayor became the very first political emigrant in the history of democratic Russia. Shortly before the presidential election of 2000 he briefly returned only to die suddenly a few months later.The film is based on an extensive interview with Vladimir Putin that took place on September 19, 2017. This is the first time the Russian President ever spoke of his role in smuggling Anatoly Sobchak out to France. Sobchak joins Krichevskaya to give the floor to her father’s colleagues and opponents. She reads the materials of the case that ruined his career and tries to imagine his feelings in today’s Russia. In front of a packed pavilion where Sobchak’s mother Lyudmila Narusova was among the special guests Xenia admitted that she dreaded the project.Xenia Sobchak, journalist and co-author of the film:‘I have to admit I never fully believed what my mother told me about my father. As a journalist I always doubted and challenged these stories. I thought she was just upholding her late husband’s honour as a loyal wife would, and I was ready to face some unnerving truths. What I found out was that my father was really a victim. The film helped me to get a heavy load off my chest. Just try to imagine a smear campaign that was so intense that even Sobchak’s own daughter doubted his integrity.’Vera Krichevskaya, director:The Case narrates a political cycle from the beginning to the end, from the meteoric rise to the summit where you command masses to the utter moral and physical downfall. It is the flip side of politics and its close examination offers an insight into the mechanisms of political manoeuvring and manhunting.’Press Conference of the Russian Participants of the 71st Cannes Festival LineupThe Russian Pavilion hosted the press conference of the Russian participants of the 71st Cannes International Film Festival lineup. The event dedicated to Russian shorts in various sections of the festival was moderated by the Kommersant editor-at-large Andrey Plakhov.Calendar is a tale of an ordinary woman who disappears every now and then to undertake an extraordinary journey visiting a mysterious prisoner. But does he exist at all? The director Igor Poplaukhin presented his project jointly with the lead actress Irina Salikova on the day of the Cinéfondation premiere. The film shared the joint second prize of the section with The Storms in Our Blood by Shen Di from China.Igor Poplaukhin, director:‘It is crucial for a director to be understood at home, by his own countrymen, and I feel a strong support coming from Russia. I was very much inspired by the premiere: people from the public and English-speaking critics approached me and asked questions although I used to be sure only Russians could understand what I intended to say. I am truly grateful to Roskino for believing in us and supporting our film and our team.’Igor Poplaukhin’s work along with 17 other titles was selected out of 2500 submissions from around the globe.Mikhail Borodin’s I Am Normal was included into the Semaine de la Critique lineup. The director presented his film jointly with the director of photography Pavel Belyavsky and the producer Valentin Rogatin. His film tells the story of a high school student from a marginal little town. He conforms to the crowd by pretending to be a tough bully but deep inside he dreams of escaping to a big city and entering a university. However his first love and his family are pulling him back.Mikhail Borodin, director:‘It is a great honour for us to present our film in the prestigious Semaine de la Critique section. I wanted to give a voice to the young generation and dwell on the subject of the freedom of speech which is incredibly relevant for Russia nowadays. Kirill Serebrennikov has not walked the Cannes red carpet and Oleg Sentsov is in jail. And yet we have to speak up and discuss what matters to us most of all. We must not be afraid.’GLOBAL RUSSIANS 2018 PresentationThe Russian Pavilion hosted the presentation of GLOBAL RUSSIANS 2018, the annual DVD selection of Russian shorts also showcased in the Short Film Corner of the Marché du Film. This year’s format was a 60-second Instagram video dedicated to the city of Moscow.From March 12 to March 30 a professional jury reviewed over 50 Instagram videos tagged #globalrussians2018, #Роскино and #Roskino to select 5 shorts for the Russian Pavilion. The selection was made by the film critics Denis Ruzayev (Lenta.ru, TimeOut.ru) and Vasily Koretsky (Colta.ru, Vogue Russia), Roskino CEO and Channel One film expert Katya Mtsitouridze, the producer MIkhail Druyan, and the Head of Youtube Partnerships in Russia, Israel and Eastern Europe Youri Khazanov.Global Russians 2018 projectsAliciaBoris Milovanov is a Russia Today journalist. He made his first musical video in 2014 and in 2017 the Moscow Film Festival screened his debut short Pest.Boris Milovanov‘I submitted the film for Global Russians with no expectations and actually forgot the whole thing because of a mission to Syria. It was there that I learned that my film had been selected. I could not believe my own luck: first of all, winning always comes as a surprise when you have no expectations and secondly, everyone thinks that only friends of friends can win. Apparently this is not quite true, and I am grateful to the Roskino team and the jury for this wonderful opportunity.’’Moscow-Paris RepairsMaria Shalaeva is an acclaimed actress that starred in The Mermaid, About Love, I’ll Be Around, Nirvana, Masha, and some other titles. She has received major national film awards for her acting but in her free time she likes to experiment with making short videos.Maria Shalaeva:‘The idea of Moscow-Paris Repairs was spontaneous: I filmed the everlasting street works in front of my home in Moscow, then went to Paris and found out that my street was exactly in the same state. I had the idea as soon as I heard the familiar drilling. My friends convinced me to participate in the open call so I submitted 5 videos and all of a sudden the jury liked one of them. Many thanks to the jury and to Roskino! I have long been dreaming of Cannes, and sometimes dreams do come true when you least expect them to.’Moscow in 60 SecondsSergey Nikolaev is a Moscow-based director. His portfolio includes Looking for a Woman, a documentary feature, Santorini, an action short, and City in 60 Seconds, a socially oriented project that includes the episode selected by Roskino.Sergey Nikolaev:‘I invited my friend Konstantin Maidannik to join the adventure and make an original video about the city we live in. And I am especially proud of bringing my brainchild, albeit so short, to the most prestigious film event of the world. My warmest thanks go to Roskino and personally to Katya Mtsitouridze for this unique opportunity. I hope it becomes a jump start for my filmmaking career.’Soviet Soldier as a Symbol of VictoryAnton Olshevsky’s artistic name is Tony LaPron. He has a 10 years experience of making videos and music that are often inspired by his travels. Currently he is employed at Mirasfilm as director of photography.Anton Olshevsky:‘I made Soviet Soldier as a Symbol of Victory for the Victory Day with my two friends, the actor Alexey Karkushko who played the protagonist and the cameraman Victor Koreshev. The fact that our film was selected for the Russian Pavilion means that I have to go on writing, filming, and creating. This is a great honour and a unique opportunity to be heard, meet new people and find those who think the same way.’I Wish You Were HereVladimir Petrushin is a Moscow-based director and cameraman. He used to work as a TV journalist and made several popular science films for the regional TV.Vladimir Petrushin:‘I tried to see the familiar city from a different perspective and imagine it completely void. The protagonist, my friend Nikita Ryumshin, enjoys the experience but step by step he comes to realize that solitude is a wrong idea however picturesque it might be. Being a part of Global Russians is a great honour for me. I tried submitting my work for many open calls but this is my first success. I would like to thank Roskino for taking this chance and giving me the opportunity.’MARCHÉ DU FILM WRAP-UPThe Russian market participants summarized the outcomes of the Marché du Film from their perspective.The highlight of the ALL MEDIA Cannes lineup was the war drama Sobibor, the directorial debut of Konstantin Khabensky that tells the dramatic story of a prisoner revolt in a Nazi concentration camp. The stellar international cast includes Christopher Lambert, Felice Jankell, Philippe Reinhardt, Michalina Olszanska, and the Russian actress Maria Kozhevnikova whose performance is truly impressive. More action was offered by Tobol, Igor Zaytsev’s epic tale of the reclamation of Siberia produced by Yellow, Black and White studio. The story unravelling in the times of Peter the Great is aimed at mass audiences. The combination of historical events and mores with a fast-paced narrative and a tale of first love is relatable throughout the world.The company’s portfolio also included The Superfamily: High Voltage by Dmitry Dyachenko, a new installment of the popular family-oriented franchise.Zhanna Shakhshaeva, Head of All Media International Department:‘During the Cannes market we focused on Sobibor by Konstantin Khabensky and Tobol by Igor Zaytsev. The rights for Sobibor have already been sold for all the key territories but it still generates a keen interest. We get a lot of feedback and the Cannes screening was no exception. Konstantin was there to present the project in person, he spoke both to the industry professionals and the international journalists and there was a new surge of interest among the global industry protagonists. As for Tobol, a Yellow, Black and White adventure project set in the times of Peter the Great, all buyers admired the quality of the production. This is a brand new project that will take a long time to release but the rights are already sold to Spain. Other European countries also made their offers that we are currently considering. We are also entering into negotiations for our new Superfamily episode. It is still too early to evaluate results but the reaction of the buyers allows us to hope for good deals in the near future. It is worth noting that Chinese partners are especially interested in the whole range of our productions, both the latest projects and the rest of the portfolio.’Planeta Inform Group showcased its recent titles: Deadly Still, a horror by Anton Zenkovich, Unforgiven, a drama by Sarik Andreasyan starring Dmitriy Nagiev, Tanks for Stalin, a period adventure film by Kim Druzhinin, I Am Losing Weight, a comedy by Alexey Nuzhny, and The Lost Place, a horror thriller by Nadezhda Mikhalkova.Anastasia Bankovskaya, International Sales & Acquisitions Director at Planeta Inform:‘Deadly Still was sold to Japan, Latin America, some countries of South-East Asia, Taiwan, Korea, and France. There are some interested buyers from the Czech Republic, Germany, Brazil, India, and Spain.Unforgiven could hardly leave anyone indifferent. All buyers commented on the high potential of the drama. During the market we sold it to China and are currently in talks with Middle East, India, France, Taiwan, Brazil, Italy, and Korea.Tanks for Stalin was sold to France, China, Japan and Korea already in the very first days of the market. There are interested buyers from the UK, Spain, Brazil, Taiwan and Poland.I Am Losing Weight got a Chinese buyer at the market. Everyone commented favourably upon the fresh and original idea and requested screeners. We are in talks with South-East Asia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Korea, Japan, Brazil, India, Turkey, Britain, and Poland.We chose the Marché du Film to unveil our new project and show the trailer of The Lost Place. The horror thriller generated a keen interest since it is hard to find a film of this genre aimed at 16+ audiences. Our partners were excited about the striking visuals and are looking forward to seeing the entire film in the fall.’Mars Media presented a number of new projects such as T-34, a military action by Alexey Sidorov which was sold to Korea and Spain. The footage screened at Marché du film started negotiations for more than 20 countries. The Ideal, a mystery drama by Kirill Pletnev, enjoyed a great demand from Asian and European distributors, and remakes are being discussed with China, Korea, and Spain.Central Partnership sold the rights for Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy’s horror The Mermaid. Lake of the Dead to more than 100 countries. The recent sports dramas, Coach by Danila Kozlovsky and Going Vertical by Anton Megerdichev, were also quite popular, and follow-ups of negotiations started at the EFM in Berlin took place in Cannes.Wizart Animation wrapped up Marché du Film by selling Snow Queen: Mirrorland directed by Alexey Tsitsilin and Robert Lence to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia (distributor ACME film). The fourth instalment of Snow Queen will soon be available in Poland where it is distributed by Kino Swiat while in ex-Yugoslavia the theatrical rights were sold to Blitz d.o.o. CinemArt Territories will be releasing the animation in Czech and Slovak republics while PRO Films got the rights for Bulgaria where Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice became the highest grossing independent animation in the history of the local film market. Sheep & Wolves: Pig Deal directed by Vladimir Nikolaev will be released in Norway by Storytelling Media, in ex-Yugoslavia by MCF MegaCom, in Bulgaria by PRO Films, and in the Baltic states by ACME Film.Mosfilm studios showcased a number of recent projects and closed deals for several territories including China, Japan and Korea for Decision: Liquidation by Alexander Aravin that is slated for national release on June 7, 2018. Negotiations have started for several European territories, and distributors from Latin America are also interested. Negotiations were carried on concerning Karen Shakhnazarov’s period drama Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s classic and In the War, a novel by Vikenty Veresaev. Several meetings with European and Asian distributors will hopefully lead to perspective deals.Elena Orel, Mosfilm Head of International Relations and Distribution:‘Apart from the previously scheduled meetings the Marché du film allowed us to establish contacts with several international distributors that will hopefully lead to the widening of our sales scope both for new projects and for the precious Mosfilm library. I would like to acknowledge the seamless organisation and beautiful stand design provided by Roskino - Russian Cinema Worldwide. Such a prestigious presentation is instrumental in achieving the right level of working contacts.’As a result of the Marché du film, RUSSIAN WORLD VISION sold Well Hello There, Oksana Sokolova by Kirill Vasilyev to China. The film will also be included in the video catalogue of French, Dutch, and Polish airlines. Chinese distributors are interested in a full package of rights as well as the theatrical distribution of Break by Tigran Saakyan and Temporary Difficulties by Mikhail Raskhodnikov, and deals are being negotiated. Break is still in production but deals are already closed for German-speaking territories, Japan and Hungary.UK buyers are interested in Insuperable (working title Tankers) by Konstantin Maximov. Rights are already sold for Japan, South Korea, German-speaking and French-speaking territories and a number of other countries.Distributors from China, Japan, France, Germany and a number of other countries are interested in Dmitry Suvorov’s The First while Dead Swallows by Natalya Pershina is considered by buyers from Japan, South Korea, and Germany. An Indian distributor made an offer for a package including Panfilov’s 28, Sparta, Yana + Yanko, Kids for Rent, Oil Painting, and Spiral.The RWV Indie Vision branch presented Thawed Carp by Vladimir Kott and two directorial debuts: Light Up by Kirill Pletnyov and Middleground by Alisa Khazanova.Alisa Stolyarova and Marianna Ibragimova, Indie Vision curators: ‘Our independent and art mainstream division carried on with promotion of independent filmmaking. We held over 20 meetings during the Cannes film market. Our lineup attracted buyers from France, the Baltic states, the US, Asia, and festival programmers from Europe and Asia also seemed interested. We agreed upon the broadcasting of About Love by Anna Melikyan on HBO Europe, and all the other projects are still in consideration.’

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