Friday, 23 September 2011

The Annual Russian Film Week in New York Announces Siberia, Monamour by Slava Ross to Open the 2011 Event

 Today, the 11th Annual Russian Film Week in New York, presented by Global Advertising Strategies in partnership with Studio Clotho and the Russian Ministry of Culture, announced that Slava Ross' critically-acclaimed Siberia, Monamour, will open the 2011 event. Indifference by Oleg Flyangolts, My Father is Baryshnikov by Dmitry Povolotsky as well as Nikita Mikhalkov's Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel and Vladimir Kott's Gromozeka have also been added to this year's program. As previously announced, the 11th Annual Russian Film Week will run from October 28th through November 4th and will feature a diverse selection of modern Russian films. Founded in 2000, the Russian Film Week in New York has become the premier showcase of modern Russian cinema in North America. This year, the week organizers invited Katie Metcalfe, a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, to curate the official selection. Katie's knowledge of the film festival audience will expand the Russian Film Week following and add exposure opportunities for participating filmmakers. An anticipated sophomore effort from Slava Ross, Siberia, Monamour, will kick off the week on October 28th at 7pm at the Village East Cinemas. Initially developed under the Cannes Residence Program, the film is co-produced by the legendary Luc Besson. The premier will include a post-screening discussion featuring Ross and the week's curator Katie Metcalfe. Following the screening, the film week will hold its official opening party at the Standard Hotel's High Line Room. A powerful story of life and death on the fringes of Russian society, Siberia, Monamour, centers around an old man and his grandson, residing in a deserted Siberian village. As they patiently wait for the boy's father, a pack of feral dogs hungry for anything alive, keep the boy and his grandfather isolated in the wilderness, far from the nearest village. Through this dangerous yet beautiful landscape wander a host of soldiers, marauders, prostitutes and drunks. Everyone is searching for an escape. "We are thrilled to introduce the week's audience to such an original and strikingly beautiful film," said Katie Metcalfe, the week's curator. "Siberia, Monamour, with its masterful direction by Slava Ross, will perfectly set the stage for the unique program of this year's film week. ...

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