Magazine article Screen International

Russia's Rock Films Joins Friends from France

Magazine article Screen International

Russia's Rock Films Joins Friends from France

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Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski's 1982-set feature will shoot in Germany, Russia and Israel

With the ink barely dry on this week's agreement to create a French-Russian Film Academy, Rock Films has announced that it will be the Russian co-producer on Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski's next feature film Friends From France.

Co-directors Weil and Kotlarski's original screenplay is set in 1982 when two cousins travel to Leningrad on a mission to make clandestine contact with Soviet Jews who face persecution - the so-called 'refuseniks' - and have a range of encounters that will mark them for life.

Producer Kira Saksaganskaya told Screen Daily at this week's Kinoforum that the film will begin principal photography this autumn at locations in Germany, Russia and Israel, and will be a co-production between delegate producer Les Films du Poisson, Berlin-based Vandertastic and her St Petersburg-based production house Rock Films.

Funding for the project has already come from such sources as the German regional fund Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the French-German 'mini-traité' co-production agreement. …

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