Friday, 23 July 2010

Alexei Uchitel Presents his New Film Starring Vladimir Mashkov

The world premiere of the Russian film The Edge (Krai) by Alexei Uchitel will take place in Odessa in September,2010.
'After filming in the TV series Liquidation I swore that the first demonstration of my new work would take place in this city', - this is how Vladimir Mashkov explained the decision to give the premiere in Odessa.
Along with Vladimir Mashkov, who played the lead, the film features well-known Russian actress Kseniya Rappoport and actors Sergei Garmash, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, and Aleksandr Bashirov.
According to Alexei Uchitel, because of his demands the script writer Aleksandr Gonorovsky had to write 109 versions of the scenario. The shooting lasted for one ent year, and the whole year Mashkov did not work for any other film.
The film budget made 15 million dollars.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Larisa Sadilova: Nothing Personal -Ничего личного (2007)

Director: Larisa Sadilova Script: Larisa Sadilova Camera: Dobrynia Morgachev, Dmitri Mishin Production Design: Nigmat Dzhuraev Music: Abduraim Charyev Cast: Valeri Barinov, Zoya Kaidanovskaya , Marina Leonova, Natalia Kochetova , Alexander Kliukvin , Shukhrat Ergashev Producers: Rustam Akhadov Production: Arsi-Film with ther support of the RF Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography, Studio Arsi-Film 2007, Russia, 92 min., color, Dolby Digital 5.1 Drama Festivals and awards Participation in the main competition XXIX Moscow International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize - 2007 Award for Best Actor (Valery Barinov ) at the festival " Moscow Premiere " - 2007 The prize for best actress ( Zoe Kaidanovsky ) at the festival KinoAltay " (Russia - Ukraine ) Special Jury Prize IX International Festival "East - West "(Baku ) - 2007 The European premiere of the film in the Film Festival in Rotterdam - 2008

Reviewed by Christina Stojanova© 2008 “Big brother is watching you” was one of the memorable catchphrases from George Orwell's classic 1984, and it has come sadly to symbolize not only the dire practices of the communist totalitarianism in Soviet bloc countries, which the British classic metaphorically targeted, but also increasingly and prophetically the spirit of our own times. The boundaries between prying on people's privacy for security reasons or just watching the popular reality show Big Brother , featured in nationally specific versions by TV stations worldwide, are becoming blurred commensurately with the increasingly unfathomable perception of right and wrong in matters of public and private morals. The characters of Sadilova's latest film, Nothing Personal, inhabit this grey area of ethics, situated in the no-man's land between the fear of forcible inclusion (usually behind the impenetrable borders of a totalitarian country), symbolized by the Old Big Brother, and that of arrogant elitist exclusion, epitomized by the New Big Brother. As in her previous films—Happy Birthday (S dnem rozhdeniia!, 1998 ), With Love, Lilly (S liubov'iu, Lilia, 2002 ), and Babysitter Required (Trebuetsia niania, 2005 )—the narrative is very simple: a certain Zimin (Valerii Barinov), a middle-age employee of a private detective agency in the provinces and obviously a former (retired?) state secret services (KGB) official, is asked to establish a 24/7 surveillance of the apartment of a thirty-something woman, Irina (Zoia Kaidanovskaia). About a third through the film, however, it turns out he has been given the wrong apartment number and has to install a/v devices in the adjacent apartment of a sexy blonde (Mariia Leonova) with an influential lover, evidently for the purpose of blackmail or extortion. Zimin dismantles all the devices from Irina's apartment except for one camera, allowing him to keep watching her—by that time it becomes obvious that his interest in her exceeds his professional involvement. ...

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Alexey Balabanov: It Does'nt Hurt - Мне не больно (2006)

Three friends are on the verge elegant home in the heart of the city. They are young , full of strength and energy, they have talent, skill and thirst for life ... In general , they have all but one .

Directed by : Aleksey BALABANOV
Writing credits : Valery MNATSAKANOV
Cinematography : Sergey ASTAKHOV
Production design : Pavel PARKHOMENKO
Music : Vadim SAMOILOV
Sound : Mikhail NIKOLAEV
Editing : Tatyana KUZMICHIOVA
Produced by : Sergey SELIANOV
Companies : CTB
Release date in Russia : 15/06/2006

Awards :
Best actress Renata LITVINOVA , Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Russia, 2006
Best actor Yuri YATSENKO , Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Russia, 2006
Audience Award Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Russia, 2006

Friday, 9 July 2010

Animation Studio Pilot on the Verge of Closing

The well-known Moscow animation studio Pilot is on the verge of closing, one of the studio directors Sergey Merinov reports.
'Now Goskino (the State Cinematography Committee) cannot provide financing not only to us, but also to many other studios, which have already stopped working. For some time we have held out thanks to our own resources, but they are also coming to an end. Victorious killing of Russian animation goes on a full scale. Projects and studios are closed one after another', - Sergey Merinov said.
He has recently written in his blog that the Pilot studio has money left only for another week of work.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Mosfilm: the rebirth of Russian movie magic

While the Soviet Union's most famous film studio has bounced back after the crisis, it nevertheless remains in need of new talent.
To count the number of movies made and produced at Mosfilm is a challenge. From Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin and Romm's Pyshka, to Chukhrai's Clear Sky, Konchalovsky's Uncle Vanya , and Tarkovsky's Solaris, Mosfilm holds a place at the top of the cinematographic world. The experimental workshop, founded in 1924, had by the start of the Second World War become the first complete studio in Europe, being both a cinematographic village and a production company.
With the demise of the Soviet Union, the powerful national cinematographic industry, already dying, was also dragged down. It was only at the turn of the century that Russian cinema began to revive, while Mosfilm was undergoing a complete modernisation.
"Not a single sector escaped from a drastic levelling of standards," says Karen Shakhnazarov, the president of Mosfilm.
Since the beginning of the crisis, annual production has not exceeded 40-50 films. And there is another problem: "Today's Russian cinema does not generate artistic ideas as powerful as those of the Soviet era," Shakhnazarov explains ruefully.
Even if there are young and talented scriptwriters, one cannot yet characterise them as a new wave.
The different recording and soundtrack mixing studios (one of which can accommodate a 150-strong orchestra) were designed by European specialists and equipped with the latest technology. This enabled a diversification beyond the cinema. "Fifty pc of our work is recording music albums," says Andrei, a sound engineer.
A jewel in Mosfilm's crown is the recreation of a Moscow district at the end of the 19th/beginning of 20th century that includes paved streets, stone and wood façades, lampposts and period street signs.

Alexander Atanesyan: Close enemy - Близкий враг (2009)

The life of one pretty and joyful girl ruins at one moment. Some bastards violently kill her beloved husband. The sorrow creeps in her soul. What to do and how to live further? She keeps asking herself these questions. But at some stage she is kept with the feeling of unlimited revenge. The girl decides to find the murderers and slate them.

Genre: drama, crime
Year: 2009
Director : Alexander Atanesyan
Scenario: Alexander AtanesyanIlya Avramenko
Music: Christopher J. Knight
Operator: Bruce Alan Greene
Producer: Alexander AtanesyanOlga Chirikhin AV , Nicholas Gevorgyan
Actors : Nikolai Dobrynin, Dmitri Dyuzhev, Alexander Golovin, Sergei Greek, Kostomarov, Andrei PaninYegor Pazenko , Ramil Sabitov , Evgenia Trofimova , Nelly Uvarova
Country: Russia
Russian Premiere : 01/28/2010
Film : Angel Film

Monday, 5 July 2010

Kira Muratova:Chekhovian Motifs - Чеховские мотивы (2002)

Chekhovian Motifs (Ukraine and Russia, 2002)
B/W, 120 minutes
Director: Kira Muratova
Script: Kira Muratova and Evgenii Golubenko, based on Chekhov's story "Difficult People" and his unfinished play Tat'iana Repina
Cinematography: Valerii Makhnev
Music: Valentin Sil'vestrov
Art Direction: Evgenii Golubenko
With: Filipp Panov, Sergei Popov, Aleksandr Bashirov, Sergei Bekhterev, Nina Ruslanova, Natal'ia Buz'ko, Jean Daniel, Georgii Deliev
Producer Igor' Kalenov
Production: Odessa Film Studio (Ukraine) and Nikola-Film (Russia)

Kira Muratova: Chekhovian Motifs (Chekhovskie motivy) (2002)
reviewed by José Alaniz©2004

Kira Muratova's Chekhovian Motifs combines the veteran director's fascination with the disjointed, "dark" side of social (especially family) relations with her penchant for formal experimentation, this time involving classic literary/dramatic sources. In this respect, however, the 71-year-old Muratova's master stroke—her avant garde "reappropriation" of Anton Chekhov's short story "Difficult People" (1886) and his unfinished one-act play Tat'ana Repina (1889)—lies as much in her fidelity to the film's original sources as in the ways she subverts them....

Still fearing banality after all these years
Kira Muratova's Chekhovskie motivy (Chekhovian Motifs, 2002)

More than any other national cinema, Russian film is haunted by the presence of literature. Although many films have been straightforward and rather mechanical transfers of literary classics, a good deal have stripped away the plot and rewritten it anew in order to get to the spirit of the written work. Kira Muratova's Chekhovskie motivy (Chekhovian Motifs, 2002) belongs in this second category.

As the title freely admits, the film is primarily based on the themes that Chekhov focussed rather than his works. As it happens, Muratova combines two short stories by the master author and playwright and transposes them to the present day to show that what Chekhov observed is still pertinent today. ...

Friday, 2 July 2010

Sergey Bodrov: I Wanted to See Angels - Я хотела увидеть ангелов (1992)

A freedom-loving criminal gets involved with a troubled young woman.

Director : Sergei Bodrov
Writers : Sergei Bodrov, Carolyn Cavallero
Operators: Alexei Rodionov, Sergei Taraskin, Fedor Aranyshev, Vladimir Ilyin (II)
Composer: Igor Nazaruk
Artist: Valery Kostrina
Producers: Alexander Mikhailov (V)Carolyn Cavallero
Manufacturing : Stargaze productions Inc, Screen angel productions
Year : 1992

Actors : Alexey Baranov, Natalya Ginko, Lia Akhedzhakova, Aleksei Zharkov, Eugene Pivovarov, Valery Derkach, Yuri Komarov, Leo Butenina