Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Vartan Akopian: Platon (2008)




Platon, Russia 2008,
93 minutes, color
Directed by Vartan Akopian
Written by Ametkhan Magomedov, Vartan Akopian
Cinematography by Vakhagn Ter-Khakobian
Edited by Margarita Smirnova
Costume Design by Anastasia Nefiodova
Music by Arto Tunçboyaciyan
With Pavel Volia (Platon), Elizaveta Lotova (Liuba), Mukhtar Gusengadzhiev (Abdul), Kseniia Kniazeva (Nastia), Aleksandr Lymarev (Anton).


Reviewed by Daniel H. Wild © 2009 in KinoKultura

Despite its surefooted stylistic confidence and exuberant visual flourish, there is a disconcerting sense of unease at work in Platon, Vartan Akopian’s skillful debut film set in a contemporary world of beautiful fashion models and powerful business men. ...

Friday, 17 July 2009

“One and a half room was enough for victory”

Film director Andrei Khrzhanovsky has returned to Russia from Karlovy Vary with the “Crystal Globe” award. His film-fantasy “Poltory Komnaty, ili Sentimentalnoye Puteshestviye na Rodinu” (“One and a Half Room…”) about the life and work of poet Joseph Brodsky was awarded the main prize of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in a parallel contest , “East of the West”.
For film critics Khrzhanovsky’s award at the Karlovy Vary film festival was no surprise at all. His work was favourably received at the Rotterdam film forum in December last year, as the press reports said. This time the film goers also showed great interest in his film.
Voice of Russia