Monday, 11 June 2012

Pavel Ruminov: I’ll be around - Я буду рядом (2012)

I'll be there (2012)


Director: Pavel Ruminov
Producer: Vladimir Zelensky, Sergei Shefir, Boris Shefir, Andrei Yakovlev, Georgi Malkov, Alexei Uchitel Cast: Maria Shalaeva, Roma Zenchuk, Maria Semkina, Ivan Volkov, Alisa Khazanova

Pavel Ruminov’s I’ll be Around is this year’s winner at the prestigious Russian film festival Kinotavr. It is easy to see how it would have swayed the judges. The film is simple and moving, and has a luminescent quality about it—much of it thanks to the radiant and talented Maria Shalaeva, best known for her award-winning role in Rusalka (The Mermaid, 2007). In I’ll Be Around, Shalaeva shines as a single mother trying to find adoptive parents for her son when she realizes she is going to die.

Maria Semkina
Maria Semkina

Before he became the dark horse of Kinotavr, Ruminov had a reputation for being young, clever and cocky; some have even described him as a Russian Lars von Trier. His original art form is the music video, and he has a large body of work on Vimeo. His originality and notoriety had raised critics’ expectations but they were disappointed with Ruminov’s experimental features, like his horror flick Dead Daughters (Mertvye docheri, 2007). He has since said that he is glad that audiences had given his earlier films the thumbs down, because this turned him in a different direction as a filmmaker. With I’ll Be Around he found his style. He has probably also found a way to a larger, mainstream audience.

Pavel Ruminov’s I’ll be Around is this year’s winner at the prestigious Russian film festival Kinotavr. It is easy to see how it would have swayed the judges. The film is simple and moving, and has a luminescent quality about it—much of it thanks to the radiant and talented Maria Shalaeva, best known for her award-winning role in Rusalka (The Mermaid, 2007). In I’ll Be Around, Shalaeva shines as a single mother trying to find adoptive parents for her son when she realizes she is going to die.

Before he became the dark horse of Kinotavr, Ruminov had a reputation for being young, clever and cocky; some have even described him as a Russian Lars von Trier. His original art form is the music video, and he has a large body of work on Vimeo. His originality and notoriety had raised critics’ expectations but they were disappointed with Ruminov’s experimental features, like his horror flick Dead Daughters (Mertvye docheri, 2007). He has since said that he is glad that audiences had given his earlier films the thumbs down, because this turned him in a different direction as a filmmaker. With I’ll Be Around he found his style. He has probably also found a way to a larger, mainstream audience.


Reviewed by Irene Ulman © 2012 in KinoKultura


A movie by Pavel Ruminov I’ll be around about a terminally ill woman trying to find a foster family for her son has won the top award of the 23rd annual Kinotavr film festival, which has closed in Sochi on the Black Sea.

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