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PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE OFFICIAL RUSSIAN FILMMAKERS’ DELEGATION TO THE 72D CANNES FILM FESTIVAL AND FILM MARKET

On Wednesday, April 24th, the international multimedia press center of the Russia Today news agency hosted a press conference of the official delegation of Russian filmmakers who will take part at the 72d Cannes film festival and the film market Marché du Film (from May 14th to May 25th).

The Russian delegation’s attendance at the Cannes film festival was organized by ROSKINO and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture, Russian Export Center JSC and Made in Russia brand. Sberbank is acting as a strategic partner, Aeroflot is a general partner.

The Russian Pavilion for 12 straight years officially represents Russia at the Cannes film festival and the Marché du Film. It is a consolidated information center of Russian filmmakers and a universal place to promote Russian cinema. Multi-format events are to take place this year in the Russian Pavilion, ranging from international conferences and presentations of the new projects to press conferences of Russian participants in the Cannes Film festival.

A list of press conference participants:

- Katya Mtsitouridze, Head of ROSKINO

- Olesya Yakovleva, Director of Complex Sentence, a participant of the Cinéfondation section at the Cannes film festival

- Danila Yakovlev, Producer of Complex Sentence, a participant of the Cinéfondation section at the Cannes film festival

- Tatyana Zavyalova, Senior Vice-President, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sberbank

- Sergey Sarkisov, Director & Producer at the Blitz Films film studio

- Dmitry Kotov, President of Higher film school Arka under Higher School of Economics

- Nikolay Lebedev, Director & Screenwriter, Head of the workshop at the Higher film school Arka under Higher School of Economics

- Vadim Subbotin, Head of the MoviesChain by tvzavr development department

The list does not include other participants of the Russian Pavilion program.

Katya Mtsitouridze, Head of Roskino:

“Starting from Soviet times Cannes film festival has never been indifferent to our cinema. Many talented Russian masters gained their recognition here. Over the last years Russia’s attendance in the world’s main film festival has broaden in the market as well. The Russian Pavilion, which we founded in 2008, has become one of the most popular booths. We are pleased to support films that participate at the festival and gladly present over 20 young producers and directors from Russia at the film market. The main goal of Roskino is to open the doors for talented filmmakers into an international community. There is no better place for it than in Cannes.”

OFFICIAL PROGRAM OF THE 72D CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

A new film by a Russian director Kantemir Balagov Beanpole will be presented in Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes film festival. The story takes place in post-war Leningrad, two main characters, female military veterans are returning to Leningrad at the end of the World War II. This is a story about the recovery of human life. “For me this film is about a war that continues after the fire had been ceased”, the director said. “It doesn’t stop killing people”. The producer Alexander Rodniansky added, “This is a drama submerged into human psychology. I’m struck by how brave Kantemir is in researching human borderline states.” Kantemir’s previous film, his 2017 debut Closeness was also among the competitors in Under Certain Regard and won the FIPRESCI Award. In 2015 Kantemir Balagov was invited by Roskino to attend the Cannes film festival for the first time. He participated in Global Russians, Russian Pavilion’s project where the students of Alexander Sokurov’s workshop at the Kabardino-Balkarian University presented their best works. Balagov is certainly a source of pride for Roskino and its discovery in some way.

SLOZHNOPODCHINENNOE (COMPLEX SUBJECT), a short film by Olesya Yakovleva is another Russian film that will be screened at the Cannes film festival in Cinéfondation competition. This is a story about a strange teacher who arrives in a small town to teach in a local school. He doesn’t look like a teacher, has a pretentious way of looking at things and is full of innovative ideas. People in town don’t like him, and he doesn’t even realize how much.

Olesya Yakovleva, director of SLOZHNOPODCHINENNOE (COMPLEX SUBJECT):

“A complex subject is a sentence that contains an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. Its syntax differs from the one in a simple sentence as dependent clauses one by one subordinate the independent clause. This year 17 films (14 feature films and 3 animated films) were selected for Cinéfondation competition from a total of two thousand applications filed from all over the world. The winner will be announced during the award ceremony on May 23d”.

The prestigious Directors’ Fortnight is a section for independent films held in parallel to the Cannes film festival. Here a Russian film directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky Give Me Liberty will be screened. This is a story of a Russian migrant from Milwaukie who risks his job to get his grandfather and friends to the funeral. In January 2019 it was premiered at the Sundance Film festival. A Russian movie star Darya Yekamasova played one of the roles in this film.

Film Education Without Borders

In 2019 ROSKINO supported by Sberbank organized a multi-format inclusive project Film Education Without Borders, aiming to attract people with disabilities to work in the art industry. Sberbank is a strategic partner of ROSKINO in this project, which corresponds to the bank’s constant efforts to develop the accessible environment and to ensure that everyone in Russia is culturally integrated.

Here is the lineup of the events for this project:

Global Russians

5 films shot in Intagram-like format (each no longer than 60 seconds) will make it to the traditional anthology of the best Russian short films of the year according to ROSKINO. Those films were made within one particular project, Film Education Without Borders, and adhere a specific theme, Mercy – the Capital of the Future. The projects will be presented at Cannes Film festival in Russian Pavilion.

Themed Retrospective

An international program of contemporary auteur films featuring heroes who overcome obstacles and achieve success despite their congenital disabilities and the hostile environment. Visitors with disabilities, kids living in orphanages, art school students will be offered free admission. There will be a post-screening discussion with students of a special film school for disabled people, Without Borders.

Master Class

A speech of a prominent representative of international film industry centering on his personal experience of overcoming obstacles related to his physical, social and cultural differences, and on achieving success in a highly competitive entertainment industry.

Public Talk

A panel discussion about the cooperation between business companies and cultural institutions in Russia and worldwide as well as ways to improve social climate will feature one of the leaders of Russian business society, a philanthropist who supports cultural, educational and charity projects.

Tatyana Zavyalova, Senior Vice-President, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sberbank:

“One of Sberbank’s priorities is to support inclusivity in cultural and educational projects. Our main task in this project is to show that education has no borders, just like there are no limits for human abilities. Cinema can be an opportunity for people with disabilities and orphans to realize their potential. They might find happiness in making art and we will gladly help them in their endeavors.”

The Marché du Film at the Cannes film festival

ROSKINO for 8 straight years has been a partner of Producers Network, an official sidebar of the Cannes film market. This is a unique platform for networking where international producers were approved to showcase the projects that might become inter-country co-productions. Every year over 500 producers from a total of 100 countries bring their potentially international projects seeking financing and production partnerships. This year 7 young producers from Russia will take part at this marketplace.

Russian delegation will participate in a special presentation, Producers Network – Country Spotlight on RUSSIA that takes place on May 17th at the Plage des Palmes, Village International. A short film about Russian delegates will unspool as part of the event featuring individual presentations of each of the attending producers.

This year program sees the following projects:

- Velga

- The Flame

- North Seen Through The Casement Frames

- Dream

- It Is Not Her Name

- Intervention

- Masha Regina

RUSSIAN PAVILION AT THE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL

For the 12th straight year Russian Pavilion officially represents our country at the Cannes film festival and film market Marché du Film. It is a consolidated information center of Russian filmmakers and a universal place to promote Russian cinema on a worldwide arena. It is traditionally placed at the Village International.

The program at the Russian Pavilion:

Presentation of MoviesChain by tvzavr

At the Russian Pavilion in Cannes Sergei Klimentov, head of MoviesChain project will talk about blockchain technology and how it can be applied to the distribution of independent films.

Olesya Teplova, Vice-President for strategic communications:

“The Cannes film festival is the main event for the majority of independent copyright holders. Here film studios and partners are most open to business talks, they negotiate and sign large deals. Last year at the Marché du Film we presented the project MoviesChain by tvzavr. From then on we have been able not only to fully develop the technology, but also to use it for uploading a great chunk of content, including an Oscar-winning Green Book. Roskino has gained a great reputation and succeeded many times in bringing Russian films to the international market. We have been partners for many years and we clearly see how important and useful this partnership is for our business and promotion of our projects. Thanks to this partnership we were able to sign around 30 big deals. MoviesChain by tvzavr was covered in Russian and international media, including Forbes, Reuter, Kommersant and others.”

Roskino, Cloud 21 International and Kultura PR International present Global Film Showcase

A panel discussion about contemporary trends in global film industry will feature the following experts:

Jamie Lundy, Director & Producer of Principle Deception

Dena Rassam, Producer of Tattoo

Katya Mtsituridze, Head of Roskino, film expert at Russia’s Channel One

Prashant Shah, Founder & Head of Bollywood Hollywood Production

Allison Melody, Melody Productions

Eileen Tasca from Indie Entertainment Magazine will moderate the panel.

Blitz Film showcases new projects

Sergey Sarkisov, company’s producer will showcase studio’s new projects. The Fixies Against Crabots (an animated film directed by Vasily Bedoshvili and Oleg Uzhinov) and Show Me What You Got (an international co-production by a Serbian director Svetlana Tsvetko). To Paris directed by Sergy Sarkisov himself will be premiered at the event. This is a story of two Soviet officers who fought shoulder-to-shoulder during the war and who now decided to celebrate the great victory in Paris. Two friends, who survived on the horrific war path, have now arrived to Berlin and set a coarse for a new life, for love, exciting adventures and for their dream city Paris. The film starred Dmitry Pevtsov, Sergy Makovetsky, Renata Litvinova, Yevgeny Stychkin and others.

Selfie Mania film creators’ press conference

A feature film by different directors from 5 countries consists of 7 stories united by a common theme of selfie mania and the tremendous influence of this phenomenon on our lives. Two parts of the anthology, each lasting no longer than 20 minutes, will be filmed by Russia, one in Yekaterinburg (in April-May 2019) and one in Moscow (in summer 2019).

Alexander Zlatopolsky, Producer & Actor:

“We are working on Selfie Mania, an anthology film consisting of seven short stories, each shot in a different genre and by a different director. The film will be premiered at Cannes and is planned on hitting the screens in Russia and worldwide by the end of this year or the beginning of the coming year. We are pleased that Roskino is supporting this project at the Russian Pavilion. We’re inviting potential partners, investors, everybody who wants to be part of our team or is interested in participating in the film!”

Presentation of the projects at Producers network:

Velga will be presented by producers Ivan Bolotnikov and Pavel Lilifeld.

The Flame will be presented by producers Artem Vitkin and Grigory Podzemelny.

North Seen Through The Casement Frames will be presented by Producer Tamara Bogdanova and Director Artur Grigoriev.

Dream will be presented by Director & Producer Ilya Sherstobitov and Co-producer Ayuna Andzhukayeva.

It Is Not Her Name will be presented by producers Katerina Mikhailova, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Konstantin Fam, Oksana Shalamova, Polina Shlikht.

Masha Regina will be presented by producers Yekaterina Kaparulina and Director Margarita Mikhailova.

Blitz-presentation of The Art of Film magazine

Anton Dolin, Editor-in-chief of the magazine, film critic will deliver the presentation.

Presentation of the project GLOBAL RUSSIANS 2019

Traditional DVD-anthology of the best Russian short films according to Roskino, which are also presented at the film market’s Short Film Corner section in Cannes. The anthology consists of 5 films shot in Intagram-like format (each no longer than 60 seconds) that were made within one particular project, Film Education Without Borders, and adhere a specific theme, Mercy – the Capital of the Future. The program also features the films by the students of Nikolay Lebedev’s workshop in the Higher film school Arka under Higher School of Economics: Anton Shcherbanov, Olga Tarasova, Viacheslav Shyriayev, Irina Sadchikova, Yelena Nodel, Zaur Tsogoyev.

Nikolay Lebedev, Director & Screenwriter, Head of the workshop in the Higher film school Arka under Higher School of Economics:

“For someone who makes his first steps in art, it is important to be heard and understood. As a matter of fact, it is important for everyone, but more so for a debutant. I think that opening a career door at the largest international film festival is amazing. I am glad that students who graduated my studio have got an opportunity to come to Cannes and to prove what they are worth. They certainly are people of talent and passion. I hope a big bright future awaits them. I hope they will be among those who bring new voice and new perspectives into cinema and into our lives. I want to thank the Cannes film festival management for creating such an amazing place for participants from all over the world. I also want to thank Roskino and Katya Mtsituridze for supporting new names and for giving the young guys a chance. They will not let you down!”

There might be some alterations in the program.

ROSKINO’S BOOTH - RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE

ROSKINO – RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE booth is to unite Russian companies at the Marché du Film. It was organized by ROSKINO and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture, Russian Export Center JSC and Made in Russia brand. Sberbank acts as a strategic partner, Aeroflot is a general partner.

All Media, Mosfilm, Planeta Inform, Tvzavr, Mars Media, Timur Bekmambetov’s Mirsand, Proline Film – altogether more than 35 production and distribution studios will participate at the Russian booth in Cannes. Roskino will present a renewed catalogue from an international traveling film market DOORS featuring Russian best films in 2018-2019. Download video from the press conference using the link https://yadi.sk/i/hvwadwrNB_qq7g

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Sberbank is Russia’s largest bank and one of the leading global financial institutions. Sberbank has more than 145 million customers in 22 countries and the largest distribution network in Russia with almost 15,000 branches. Developing an inclusive environment is one of the very important aspects of Sberbank’s business. Sberbank employees with the aid of bank’s services and products develop and introduce tools aiming at providing disabled people with an access to a better life. Making art accessible to everyone is one of the most important goals of Sberbank cultural policy.

In 2017 Sberbank launched an app Art.Aloud, it contains tiflo comments to performances and was designed for blind and visually impaired people. In the framework of See the Invisible, a joint project of Sberbank and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, an exposition of tactile pictures that are reproductions of famous pictures from the museum’s collection was created.

Official bank’s websites: www.sberbank.com (Sberbank Group website), www.sberbank.ru.

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ROSKINO is the only Russian state institution promoting Russian cinema internationally. Since its foundation in 1924 ROSKINO facilitates the integration of the Russian filmmakers into the world industry. In 2019 the company celebrates its 95th anniversary.

The company promotes Russian cinema at major film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Beijing, London), markets (AFM in Los Angeles, EFM in Berlin, Marché du FIlm and MIPCOM in Cannes), and awards (The Oscars, Golden Globes, EFA Awards). It supports distribution of Russian cinema and solicits international investments and co-production partnerships.

One of the most prominent initiatives of ROSKINO is the DOORS international traveling film market that allows the company to present national cinema at various markets around the world.

Since 2012 ROSKINO operates the Russian Film Commission USA based in Los Angeles.

In 2014 ROSKINO launched a London office, ROSKINO UK.

In October, 2014 ROSKINO organized the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum, a high profile event uniting three types of content markets dealing with film, TV, and new media that generated a considerable attention in the national and international media industry.

In May, 2016 Roskino partnered with the world’s biggest film market Marché Du Film at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, making Russia one of the headliners of the event.

In 2017 Roskino initiated the Moscow Film Commission (MFC), a Moscow City government organization set up and endorsed by Roskino with the aim promoting the Russian capital as a unique filming location and supporting international film and TV crews in setting up their production in Moscow.

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Katya Mtsitouridze is head of ROSKINO, Channel One film expert, Variety Russia Editor-in-Chief, SPIMF concept developer and general producer.

Katya graduated from the Tbilisi State University with an MA in history and film studies.

She is the author and narrator of This Is Cinema, a regular show on Russia’s Channel One.

She is ROSKINO CEO since 2011.

Katya’s portfolio includes diplomas of the film festivals in Cannes and Venice as well as the AFM market in LA.

In June, 2001, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.

In May, 2002, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival. In June, 2003, Katya was on the jury for debut films at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival.

In May, 2008, she was a member of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section of the 61th Cannes International Film Festival.

Still in 2008, she initiated the establishment of the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival and became its director.

From September, 2010 to January, 2011 Catherine provided PR support in US and Canada for The Edge (Krai), a film by Alexey Uchitel, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the HFPA Golden Globe awards.

In September, 2011 she was in charge of the international PR and advertising campaign of Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

In June, 2012 she held the first DOORS International Traveling Film Market of Russian Content at MIFF with the participation of 45 US sales and distribution companies from US.

In November, 2012, Katya reached an agreement with HULU, one of the leading US digital platforms, for the VOD release of 12 contemporary Russian titles.

In May, 2014 she reached a further agreement for the distribution of CTC Media TV Content through HULU platforms.

In October, 2014 Katya held the first edition of the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum of which she was the concept developer and general producer.

In 2016 Katya was named Breakthrough of the Year at the First National Business Communication Awards ceremony. Under her guidance ROSKINO delivered outstanding results, including a successful partnership with the world’s biggest film market Marché du Film at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival where Russia became one of the headliners.

In 2017 she initiated the establishment of the Moscow Film Commission, a Moscow City government organization set up and endorsed by Roskino with the aim promoting the Russian capital as a unique filming location and supporting international film and TV crews in setting up their production in Moscow.

In May, 2018 Katya became Associate Producer of Ayka by Sergey Dvorstevoy, one of the titles in the main competition of the Cannes film festival. The protagonist, Samal Yeslyamova, was awarded the Palme d’Or for Best Actress.

Katya is a member of FIPRESCI, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, the Russian and International Unions of Journalists, the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia. She also holds an MA in History.