Magazine article Screen International

Roskino, Russian Cinema Join Forces for Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

Roskino, Russian Cinema Join Forces for Cannes

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In previous years, the two promotional platforms - Russian Cinema financed by the Russian Cinema Fund (RCF) and Roskino by the Russian Federation's Ministry of Culture - had operated from separate locations in Cannes.

And at the Berlinale's European Film Market, Russian Cinema has had a stand in the Martin Gropius Bau, while Roskino was based on the first floor of the Marriott Hotel.

At a press conference in Moscow, RCF executive director Anton Malyshev spoke about the reasoning behind the decision to organise a united stand and pointed to the "necessity for optimisation of expenditure" and the fact that the available resources were limited this year. Although the financing from the state had not been formally cut, the weakening of the Russian rouble vis-a-vis the US dollar had put the Fund in "an embarrasing position".

Roskino's CEO Catherine Mtsituridize took the occasion to suggest that a distribution support programme similar to those operated by German Films or Unifrance could be introduced to help foreign distributors of Russian films by contributing towards the release costs.

Companies in Cannes

Over 35 Russian companies have registered with the Roskino-Russian Cinema stand, including such regulars as the production houses Art Pictures, Rock Films, Wizart Animation, Profit, CTB Film Company, Kino Direction, Red Arrow, Bazelevs, as well as the Mosfilm, Lenfilm and Glavkino studios, and sales companies Planeta Inform, Reflexion Films and Intercinema.

From disaster to animation

Planeta Inform's Cannes line-up of new projects will include:

* Nikolay Lebedev's disaster action blockbuster Crew, produced by Nikita Mikhalkov's TRITE Studio as the second Russian film in the IMAX 3D format, starring Danila Kozlovsky as a young pilot making a life and death decision with his crew in a rescue mission to save hundreds of lives, for release by Central Partnership in spring 2016.

* Kozlovsky, popularly known as "Russia's answer to Brad Pitt", also stars in Andrey Kravchuk's medieval action adventure Viking, for the Kino Direction film company, to be released by Central Partnership in 2016.

* Central Partnership is also the producer of the epic historical action film Furious by Oleg Stepchenko, based on actual events in Kievan Rus in the 13th century during the Mongol invasion, for release in autumn 2016.

Producer-director Timur Bekmambetov's company Bazelevs will be offering, among others, Indar Dgendunbaev's fantasy film Dragon which is currently in production for release in 2016, while Glavkino's Ilya Bachurin will be in Cannes to promote Andrey Migachev's adventure thriller Eternal Cold about an ice hockey team going on a tour of a natural history museum and meeting up with some unexpected residents. …

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