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OUTCOMES OF THE 76TH EDITION OF THE VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND THE 44TH TIFF FOR THE RUSSIAN FILMMAKERS The first half of September is the season of two high-profile film industry events, namely the international festivals in Venice and Toronto.The 76th Venice International Film Festival, or Mostra del Cinema, took place on the Lido from August 28 to September 7, 2019, boosted by the Venice Production Bridge meeting point. The 11-day lineup comprised 65 recent feature films, 18 shorts, and 2 TV pilots. The main competition included 21 titles.The Golden Lion went to Joker by Todd Phillips. The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Roman Polanski for An Officer and a Spy. Roy Andersson took the Best Director prize for About Endlessness. The Best Actress honors went to Ariane Ascaride for Robert Guediguian’s Gloria Mundi while Luca Marinelli starring in Pietro Marcello’s adaptation of Martin Eden was declared Best Actor.Russia played a role in the second most important Orizzonti section. Dmitry Mamuliya’s The Criminal Man, a Russian-Georgian co-production, received a high critical acclaim and was much appreciated by the professional community. The Red Snowball Tree by Vasiliy Shukshin restored by Mosfilm studios was one of the highlights of the Venice Classics section. The restoration launched to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the extraordinary director, actor and writer Vasiliy Shukshin took 90 days of work. The result was presented by Mosfilm Studios CEO, the director Karen Shakhnazarov.Karen Shakhnazarov, Mosfilm CEO‘The Classics program attracts as much attention as the main competition of the Mostra and the screenings always get a full house. It is a great honour for us to be a part of this section where iconic films compete for best restoration. We are most happy to see our efforts crowned by international festival awards. By a lucky coincidence The Red Snowball Tree was selected on the year of Shukshin’s 90th anniversary. Outside Russia Tarkovsky is definitely much more famous than Shukshin, and yet there was a full house, all tickets sold out, and a huge line outside. It felt really good, and one of the explanations is that Shukshin told true stories about the life of the common people.’Venice Classics is the section that offers world premieres of the world’s best films restored since 2012.The Italian National Association of Film, Audiovisual, and Multimedia Industries (ANICA) curated the business program and the co-production market. It hosted a special event that framed Italy as Europe’s audiovisual bridge between USA, China, and Japan. The industrial part of the festival included panels, breakfasts, lunches, showcases, and public debates with the participation of Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze. During the last day of the market ANICA’s Head of International Relations Roberto Stabile confirmed the endorsement of the Roskino initiative to make Russia one of the focus countries of the market in September 2020 along with Italy and China. The news was received with great applause.Alberto Barbera, Venice Film Festival director‘The digital evolution and online platforms are bringing about the deepest transformation in cinema history. But cinema is an art form that is capable of adapting very fast. And new technologies mean that nowadays it is much easier to make a film. I am an optimist when it comes to the future of cinema and film festivals alike. They offer a unique possibility to meet each other, generate new ideas and content. I am happy to have been able to discover a new name for this edition. Dmitry Mamuliya’s The Criminal Man, a Russian-Georgian co-production, made a very strong impression, and I hope Venice will make the distinctive voice of this director as strong as he deserves.I cannot imagine the global film landscape without Russia. Your traditions in this art form are very deeply rooted. Unfortunately at the moment there are not so many filmmakers that are up to the challenges of international film festivals but I would still like to mention Alexander Sokurov, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Kirill Serebrennikov, and a number of others. Roskino is leading the formidable effort of the international promotion of Russian films. Consistency is paramount in this respect, as you are proving year by year by moving in every possible direction, showcasing films at festivals and markets, networking, informing, and advising. A well-devised marketing strategy contributes to bringing a country to the global forefront provided that it offers quality content. I believe Russian cinema has a very bright future.’Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO‘For the past 5 years Roskino has been a partner of the market and festival in Venice. The co-production platform is an excellent platform for our producers to meet new people and look for funding. For instance, Venice was the launching pad for The Man Who Surprised Everyone by Natasha Merkulova and Alexey Chupov, one of the most acclaimed projects of recent years. This time the producer Katia Filippova used the opportunity to start getting international partners on board for a new project, The Way of Love, the first feature by Tamara Dondurey. Air, the new project by Alexey German Jr., was also unveiled at the Venice market. Unlike Toronto, Venice has an exciting focus on new names and new talents. Toronto is first and foremost a major market attracting projects from all over the world. This year’s TIFF lineup included Beanpole by Kantemir Balagov. The five screenings were all full and the Q&A sessions proved that the international audience was deeply touched by the film. Rights have already been sold to dozens of territories. Other Russian projects also created some buzz, and a number of important deals were made by our participants.’Alexander Rodnyansky, Beanpole producer‘Toronto is a key market and a great Academy Award launchpad. The Oscar race favours films that are already in the spotlight, with Cannes, Venice, or Berlin awards to prove their worth. It takes three things to join the race. First of all, you have to want to participate. Better still if you have a major festival award. The second factor is the international industry press such as Variety or Screen Daily: this is where the Academy members look for updates on the recent projects. And finally, the essential thing is to get an American distributor. There is no point in participating if you don’t have one. Beanpole has already collected two Cannes awards in Un certain regard section. On top of that, there have been other trophies in Sakhalin and at Zerkalo Tarkovsky fest. The film has toured the major American film events in Telluride and Toronto, it has been to San Sebastian and London, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, Balagov has much more in store. Just a couple of days ago Kino Lorber, one of the best and oldest independent distributors of the US, has taken the film on board by acquiring the rights for North America. This is a most important development in the run-up to the Oscar and Golden Globe campaign.’The 44th Toronto International Film Festival unfolded from September 5 to September 15, 2019. The lineup of the high-profile global event included screenings, panels, presentations and other activities. The schedule consisted of 333 features from 80 countries, of which 133 screenings were world premieres, and 71 North American premieres. The main competition featured 37 titles. The screenings attracted over 400 000 attendees.Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit won the main People’s Choice Award. The trophy consists of a Grolsch special prize and $15 000 in cash. The runners up were Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama Marriage Story and Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite.Pietro Marcello’s adaptation of Martin Eden won the Platform section award that implies $20 000 in cash. The FIPRESCI jury awarded its Discovery programme prize to Heather Young for Murmur.Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov enjoyed a great TIFF success. The Russian title was one of the highlights of the prestigious Contemporary World Cinema section featuring high-profile movies that tell strong, appealing stories and touch upon the most relevant cultural and social problems. Previously Beanpole won the Best Director prize and the FIPRESCI award in the Un certain regard section of the 72nd Cannes festival. The rights for the Russian drama were acquired by Kino Lorber, one of the top US independent distributors. The festival slate included two more titles that had to do with Russia: the Citizen K documentary by Alex Gibney profiled Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Red Penguins by Gabe Polsky looked back at a hockey team that had tried to unite Russia and the US in the 1990’s.As always, the film market was an essential part of the 44th TIFF edition. The participation of Russian companies was facilitated by the ROSKINO – RUSSIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE umbrella stand organized by Roskino with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.The traditional list of TIFF industrial participants included All Media Company, Planeta Inform Group, Wizart Animation, Riki Group, Russian World Vision, and Mosfilm Studios, to a total of 16 top Russian production and distribution players. Roskino unveiled the updated version of the DOORS international touring film market featuring the best Russian titles produced in 2018-2019.From the very start the Russian content attracted buyers from France, the UK, the US, China, Korea, Japan, Germany, and other territories. Most of them had already been acquainted with the featured projects through Roskino newsletters. Dozens of deals of various scopes and formats were made at the market. The companies are still finalizing their calculations to announce the total contract values.All Media showcased the The Hero, an action thriller by Karen Oganesyan, and The Frenchman, a drama by Andrey Smirnov.Jane Shakshaeva, Head of All Media International Department:‘The Hero by Karen Oganesyan and The Frenchman by Andrey Smirnov were the flagship titles of our TIFF lineup. Both offer fine examples of their respective genres: The Hero is a spy thriller with a lot of twists while The Frenchman is a profound drama in line with the greatest traditions of black and white classics.’The Hero was sold to the former Yugoslavia. Negotiations with French, Italian, and Japanese distributors are in progress. The title had been previously acquired by Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Korea, the US, Canada, the UK, and a number of other countries.Wizart Animation succeded in selling their flagship projects to over 60 territories.Yuri Moskvin, Wizart CEO:‘Wizart kicked off the new international market season at TIFF. We have launched several new projects and presented the unseen footage of Hansel and Gretel. On top of our own projects, we showcased Fantastic Return To Oz by Melnitsa Animation.We had a very productive time at the Toronto market this year. Ongoing negotiations with our long-standing partners resulted in finalised contracts. All in all, we have reached out to 60 new territories. Along with the world-famous Snow Queen and Sheep and Wolves we have shown new projects such as the Snow Queen series and a number of features, including Hansel and Gretel and Ruslan & Ludmila Pushkin franchise’.The DVD release of the third Snow Queen instalment will take place in the UK in November, 2019. Later on the UK audiences will be able to enjoy theatrical screenings of The Snow Queen 4: Mirrorlands. The UK rights belong to Altitude Film Entertainment.Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal is slated for release in Australia and New Zealand in January, 2020. The rights for these territories were acquired in Toronto by the Australian Eagle Entertainment. The Latin American theatrical distribution of Mirrorlands will be supervised by Sun Distribution Group while the Pig Deal went to Snap TV. Africa is already familiar with the Snow Queen franchise. The next discovery in store for the continent is Sheep and Wolves brought to Africa by Gravel Road Distribution Group, the same company that takes care of the Journey to Oz.Sabre Dance by Yusup Razikov showcased by Mars Media has instantly sold to several Asian territories, including Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. Negotiations are in progress for Eastern Europe, France, and Spain.Of the entire Planeta Inform Group slate, Coma by Nikita Argunov, Robo by Sarik Andreasyan, and The Lenin Factor by Vladimir Khotinenko attracted the keenest interest along with two horrors, Quiet Comes the Dawn by Pavel Sidorov and Queen of Spades: Through the Looking Glass by Alexander Domogarov Jr.Anastasia Bankovskaya, Planeta Inform International Sales Director:‘In the follow-up of the Toronto market negotiations are in progress about a whole range of projects to be distributed in the Middle East, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Korea, Japan, and the US.’RUSSIAN WORLD VISION showcased Barabbas, an unconventional take on the story of the criminal freed instead of Jesus. Sales continue for two projects currently in pre-production: The Forest by Evgeniy Puzirevskiy and The Locked Door by Arseniy Syukhin. The RWV lineup also included Pain Threshold by Andrey Simonov, The Big Deal by Mikhail Raskhodnikov, Follow Your Dream by Antonina Ruzhe, The House Elf fantasy by Evgeniy Bedarev, Break by Tigran Saakyan, All or Nothing, a comedy by Dmitry Suvorov, Temporary Difficulties by Mikhail Raskhodnikov, and Konstantin Maximov’s war drama Insuperable.Riki Group focused on two 3D animation family features by Denis Chernov, My Toy Panda and My Friend Finnick.More info:ROSKINO Press RelationsNatalia Adamova+7 926 222 68 80adamova.natalia3@gmail.com

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CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE WINNERS OF THE 37th EDITION OF FLICKERS' RHODE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL (RIIFF) ROSKINO congratulates the winners of the 37th edition of Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF).‘The Killers’ short meter by Vlad Kozlov starring Franco Nero and Sherilyn Fenn won First prize for Best director."THE KILLERS" (teaser clip) from Dreamer Pictures on Vimeo.A co-production of Germany, Russia and Ukraine ‘Mum’s Hairpins’ by Tatiana Fedorovskaya became the winner of the First Prize in ‘Best Live Action Short’ nomination.‘Snow above the Earth’ (Requiem For The Tunes Unplayed) by Ilya Belov won Grand Prize for Best music video nomination.The Festival is hosted in Newport and Providence since 1981. A status ofRIIFF-winner is considered to be a prestigious one as since 2002 the Festival is one ofqualifying festivals for the Academy Awards.

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RUSSIAN-ITALIAN COPRODUCTION SELFIEMANIA PRESENTED IN CANNES On May 21, 2019, Russian and Italian pavilions at the Cannes International Film Festival and Marche du Film co-organized a press conference of Selfiemania. Italian speakers included general producer Claudio Bucci, director and actress Elisabetta Pellini, while Russia was represented with producer and actor Alexander Zlatopolsky, producer and actress Natalia Cvetkova. Elly Senger-Weiss represented Austria. ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze greeted the guests and participants and pointed to the project’s potential and importance of international collaboration between Russia and Italy.Selfiemania consists of seven stories of different genres, linked with a common theme: the incredible influence of selfies on people’s lives. Each segment is tied to one of the mortal sins.The project was initiated by the Italian company STEMO Production, and international partners came on board quite fast. Russia, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Austria are participating. A sequel, Selfiemania 2, is already planned with even more countries joining the project: India, China, Greece, and the UK are interested.Russian producers will make two parts of the anthology, in Yekaterinburg (in May 2019) and Moscow, in collaboration with Italian colleagues (Summer 2019). Each segment is no longer than 20 minutes.“I would like to express my gratitude to co-producers from all the participating countries. It is a great opportunity to share experiences and bring something personal into the project. Elisabetta Pellini authored the idea of this large-scale project, and I’m happy that it’s being realized by a brilliant team of producers, directors and actors from all over,” said general producer Claudio Bucci in the beginning.The Yekaterinburg segment will be made on the sin of gluttony. The film’s protagonist is a rock star who visits the city with a gig and goes on a drinking binge. He’s not living up to his own ambition and sees no other way than to break bad. Louis Mandylor and Kirill Alekhin direct. Mandylor, known for Rambo 5, Doom and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, will also play the leading part and compose the score. The cast also includes Russian actors Sergey Dorogov and Sergey Belogolovtsev. Two of the producers and actors are Yekaterinburg natives: Alexander Zlatopolsky and Natalia Tsvetkova.“Our short is titled Fallen Star and tells about alcoholism. It tells a story of a rock star who can’t deal with his dependency. Indulgency to your weaknesses can destroy you from within, and in the end he will realize that he’s not the person he wants to be, understand his in and find a new way,” Natalia Tsvetkova said.“I would like to thank ROSKINO for supporting our project. Two segments will be shot in Russia, and one of those in our home city, Yekaterinburg, which makes me twice as happy,” Alexander Zlatopolsky added.A segment about envy will be shot in Moscow, directed by Francesco Colangelo. Russian actor Alexey Vorobyov and Italian actress Caterina Murino (The Corsican File, Casino Royale) will lead the cast. The story is centered around Yana, a popular travel blogger who has been around the world but comes back to Moscow to tell her subscribers about the way the capital has changed in her absence. The events take an unexpected turn when she meets Emilia, an influential businesswoman from Italy, and her boyfriend Grigory. The collision of their personalities and perspectives will be a challenge for both girls.All participating countries will hold several promo events together: parties and press conferences as well as the biggest selfie in history for the Guinness Book of Records. Premieres are planned in Moscow, Rome, Barcelona, Vienna and Lisbon.Additional information:ROSKINO Press OfficeAndrei Kartashov+7 921 326 22 95andy.kartashov@gmail.comNatalia Adamova+7 926 222 68 80adamova.natalia3@gmail.com

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BLITZ FILMS PRESENTED NEW PROJECTS AT THE RUSSIAN PAVILION IN CANNES On May 21, 2019, the Russian Pavilion at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival and Marche du Film organized a showcase of Sergey Sarkisov’s production company Blitz Films. Producers Mikhail Makharadze and Alexander Zhizhnevsky presented the company’s new projects: narrative features To Paris! and Show Me What You Got, animated movie Fixies vs Crabots, and a documentary on Charles Aznavour, Charles. Un Regard Certain. The session was moderated by Andrei Plakhov, film critic, honorary president of FIPRESCI.Feature film To Paris! is the directorial debut of Sergey Sarkisov who also produced. Co-producers are Alexander Zhizhnevsky, Rustam Yusipov, Valeria Kolesnik. The film is based on real events as remembered by Alexander Milyukov, Hero of the Soviet Union. The story is centered around Soviet officers who fought together in the Second World War and decided to celebrate victory in Paris. The friends came all the way to Berlin and are now directed to a new life: love and adventures in the dream city.“This is not as much a war movie as a film about people, feelings, about love for life that comes back when the horrors of war are over. The film is cast with brilliant actors, including young, up and coming performers and seasoned, popular stars of Russian film,” says Sergey Sarkisov.Playing on the war slogan To Berliln!, the title promises a peaceful, comedic adventure. The star-studded cast includes Dmitry Pevtsov, Sergey Makovetsky, Renata Litvinova, Mikhail Efremov, Evgeny Stychkin, and others. Stanislav Govorukhin co-wrote the script, which turned out to be his last screenwriting work. The film was shot on location in Poland, Moscow and Kaliningrad region.“Our film isn’t a war drama or an action movie. At the production stage, we were thinking about it in terms of the road movie genre. We wanted to show how euphoria drove people to certain follies and yet it was fueled by positive energy,” said Alexander Zhizhnevsky.Fixies vs Crabot is the second instalment of the popular Fixies franchise. It is headed for Russian release on December 26, 2019. The film is produced by Aeroplan and Blitz Films, supported by the Cinema Foundation of Russia. The first film, Fixies. A Big Secret, was released in 2017 and earned 452 million rubles at the box office. That placed it in the top ten animated Russian films since 2010. The new film’s budget is 1,5 higher than the previous one, at 300 million rubles. The animated film is produced by Georgy Vasiliev, Ilya Popov and Sergey Sarkisov, directed by Vasiliy Bedoshvili and Oleg Uzhinov.“We are positive that with the Fixies movies, we’ll create a niche for animated educational entertainment: this kind of content is not represented at the market at all. Fixies is a very informative cartoon, useful for children,” said Mikhail Makharadze.International co-production Show Me What You Got by Svetlana Cvetko was also showcased. The film is produced by Sergey and Nikolay Sarkisov, Philipp Noyce (Australia) and David Scott Smith (USA), starring Cristina Rambaldi, Neyssan Falahi and Mattia Minasi.“One of our priorities is helping young directors. Our plan is to finance 3 or 4 such films per year, and Svetlana was the first to get support,” Nikolay Sarkisov commented.The film tells a story of three young people who become best friends, fall in love, marry and break up, but not necessarily in that order.“The film presents a story about love, sex and friendship. It’s international, since the characters come from different countries: Italy, France, and the USA. I am grateful to the opportunity that Blitz Films gave me. Nikolay Sarkisov supported my idea right away after hearing the concept,” Svetlana Cvetko said at the event.In the documentary Charles. Un Regard Certain, produced by Charles de Meaux, Mischa Aznavour and Sergey Sarkisov, directed by Marc di Domenico, the viewers will see footage made by the famous French singer, Charles Aznavour. Until recently not many people have known about the performer’s passion for film: he always carried a camera around, filming himself, his loved ones, other great performers.The soundtrack is collected from original recordings from the 1950s and until 2018. The film will feature Aznavour’s hits as well as more obscure songs. The documentary intentionally romanticizes Aznavour’s life to become a novel about life, childhood, travelling, encounters, failures and successes, joy and sadness, bravery, and above all, love. The material included in the film is exclusive and was presented for the first time to the pavilion’s guests.Additional information:ROSKINO Press OfficeAndrei Kartashov+7 921 326 22 95andy.kartashov@gmail.comNatalia Adamova+7 926 222 68 80adamova.natalia3@gmail.com

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GLOBAL RUSSIANS ANTHOLOGY OF RUSSIAN SHORTS PRESENTED IN CANNES On May 19, 2019, the Russian Pavilion at the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival and Marché du Film presented the new selection of Global Russians. The annual anthology of Russian shorts was launched in 2011, curated by ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze. Over the years, screenwriter and director Alexey Chupov, film critics Andrey Plakhov and Viktor Prokofiev, producers Ivan Lopatin and Dmitry Yakunin have worked as invited curators.This year, the anthology includes six shorts in Instagram format (60 seconds in length) on the subject Empathy Is Our Future Capital, made exclusively for the multi-format inclusivity project Film Education Without Borders. The project’s participants presented their works in person at the Russian Pavilion and had the opportunity to take part in the Cannes Film Festival’s student programs, including the Short Film Corner, meet industry professionals, network with colleagues and find partners for future projects.The project Film Education Without Borders is organized by ROSKINO, supported by Sberbank, aiming to people with disabilities to work in the art industry. The project’s mission is developing accessible environment and ensuring that everyone in Russia is culturally integrated.Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO:“I want to express my gratitude to Sberbank for supporting our project Film Education Without Borders – Russia is still only catching on the idea that projects like this are necessary. We are going to further develop it, and are already planning a series of events in Moscow: a retrospective of films about characters who overcome obstacles, a master class and a panel discussion. Cinema is increasingly commercialized, there’s too much talk about box office and too little about art. But for us the subject matter – empathy – is important. A film that gives no hope may be a powerful piece of art but how much good does it bring into the world? It’s so difficult to tell stories about people whose lives are hard but do so in such a way as to make us feel elated when credits roll. I think that all the films we are showing today achieve that.”Just like the day before at the presentation of young Russian producers, the Pavilion provided a platform for filmmakers who are only making their first steps in the profession: all films were made by students of Nikolay Lebedev’s workshop at the the Arka Film School, branch of the Higher School of Economics: Elena Nodel, Irina Sadchikova, Anton Shebanov, Viacheslav Shiryaev, Olga Tarasova, and Zaur Tsogoev. The directors who came to Cannes to present their projects in person were introduced by ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze and director, screenwriter, mentor of the directing workshop at the Arka Film School, branch of the Higher School of Economics Nikolay Lebedev.Kristina Voloshina, one of the founders of Arka, also spoke: “I want to thank ROSKINO and Katya Mtsitouridze for all the work that they’ve done, for their personal approach to every student. And to thank Nikolay Lebedev who put his soul into the kids. To our participants for their work. And to Sberbank for their priceless support.”Nikolay Lebedev a major Russian director, famous for his blockbuster hits Legend No. 17, The Crew, The Star, guides his students through every stage of film production, from script to editing. The main goal of his workshop is developing creative individuality and signature style.Nikolay Lebedev, director, screenwriter, mentor of the directing workshop at the Arka Film School: “I think it’s amazing if the door into the profession opens at the world’s largest film festival. I am happy that my workshop’s alumni have the opportunity to be in Cannes and show what they’re capable of. They are talented, passionate enthusiasts. I hope there’s a bright path laying ahead of them. I am grateful to the Cannes Film Festival and Market’s management for this wonderful platform open to participants from all over the world, and I want to thank ROSKINO and personally Katya Mtsitouridze for supporting new talent and giving the kids this opportunity. They’ll live up to it!”The program was selected by a jury, which included Katya Mtsitouridze, Denis Kataev, film expert for TV Rain, programmer at the Documentary Film Center (Moscow), Vasily Koretsky, film critic, senior editor at KinoPoisk, Boris Nelepo, film critic, chairman of the selection committee at the International Debut Film Festival Spirit of Fire, and Denis Ruzaev, film critic, culture chief editor at Lenta.ru.“I make no difference between a short and a feature. A film is a film. We have a very representative selection: the films are very different but every one of them merits attention,” says Boris Nelepo.“Doesn’t matter what the running time is and how the film is made. It could be shot on an iPhone. It is a contemporary trend, and the Russian pavilion is keeping up with the time. Other directors will catch up soon enough,” Denis Kataev added.“Cannes would be much more agile if all the films were 60 seconds long. Quality of direction is immediately obvious at such a running time. I’d like to note that the overall quality was high not only in the six selected works. Decisions were unanimous but difficult,” Denis Ruzaev said.Anton Shebanov presented his film Charge, made on a contemporary subject of gadget dependency. The director says that “people escape to the world of technology and stop noticing what’s really important.” Shebanov confesses that the most difficult part of production was to create an abstract reality and vivid, unusual characters. “For me, film is not business or a job, it’s a necessity,” said Shebanov at the presentation. “It’s vitally important for me to have the opportunity to tell stories, create worlds and communicate with people through that. Which is why I take this opportunity responsibly, and being here in Cannes as a part of this project is a unique chance.”Zaur Tsogoev’s short Theft takes place in an apartment at night. To burglars break in and discover that the place is owned by an old man, veteran of World War II. “For me, participating in this project is a new experience, new knowledge, a new challenge,” says the director. “The most important thing is that other people’s work, which made this possible, was not in vain.”The 60-second long Hope Doll tells a story about two young girls who find a one-legged doll. One girl throws it away, but the other pick it up and bring the doll home. Elena Nodel, the director, thinks that empathy should be cultivated in young children from the very early years of their lives. “The script was written very quickly, in one breath. I get the wind knocked out of me every time I re-read it. In Instagram format clarity and simplicity are the most important,” says Elena. “I am overjoyed to be here. I was given a great chance and I’ll do my best to live up to it.”The one-minute film Repeat takes place over several decades: the beginning is set in the Soviet times, and the ending in our day. Viacheslav Shiryaev’s work is about the fathers and sons problem – the balance of giving and taking, and not their differences. Audience have noted the music at the discussion: it was composed by a young musician Oleg Berkov-Skinyukov. “For me, being included in Global Russians is an opportunity to learn something about myself,” Viacheslav Shiryaev noted. “Am I able to say something important? Do I need to be a filmmaker at all? Creative people always doubt themselves. If the feedback is good, I will have motivation to go on working in film.”The idea to make a film about a hearing impaired boy who conducts a real orchestra, was sparked by reading Joseph Rot’s novel Job. That was how Olga Tarasova’s Please Turn Around came about. Conductor Vladislav Lavrik agreed to play himself, and the full Russian National Orchestra decided to participate. Over eighty people were on the set of a one-minute film. The film’s producer Maria Chamberlain also spoke at the presentation: together with the director, they offered a special gratitude to the orchestra. Please Turn Around moved the audience at the presentation. A visitor from Algeria, who visits Marché du Film for the first time, said that the short proved once again: stories about people with disabilities are important, no matter where you are from, Africa, Europe, or anywhere else. “The film’s protagonist talks to us through Shostakovich’s symphony,” Olga Tarasova said. “That is probably why these were genuine tears in the eyes of the actress who played the mother.” Olga dedicated the film to her cousin Denis who is wheelchair-bound since childhood.The Follower is a story about a young man who failed an exam at a university. The professor has to decide his fate. Many years later, the student returns to the school as a dean, and now it’s his turn to make a decision. Director Irina Sadchikova says that making a one-minute film is no different from any production: it still requires script and planning. “My project’s idea is simple: empathy is a circular flow,” the director explained at the presentation. “If you help someone without expecting anything in return, it will come back when you least expect it. Participating in Global Russians is a great honor, an opportunity to be a part of the global industry and learning new trends. I want to thank Katya Mtsitouridze who believed in us and our mentor Nikolay Lebedev who was always there for us.”In the conclusion, Katya Mtsitouridze made a present to Nikolay Lebedev: the first copy of Moscow in Motion, a book of photographs that ROSKINO and Anton Lange worked on for a year and a half. The book was made to support the Moscow Film Commission in 120 shooting says.Russian presence at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film is organized by ROSKINO, supported by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Ministry of Culture, Sir Leonard Blavatnik and Aeroflot.Additional information:ROSKINO Press OfficeAndrei Kartashov+7 921 326 22 95andy.kartashov@gmail.comNatalia Adamova+7 926 222 68 80adamova.natalia3@gmail.com

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