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Andrey Zvyaginstev’s LEVIATHAN and Sergey Pikalov’s THE LAST ONE Represent Russian Film in Official Selection

CANNES – Friday 16 May, 2014: ROSKINO marked their landmark 90th year by officially opening The Russian Film Pavilion, and announcing a strong line-up of events to support the Russian film industry at the Cannes Film Festival. Based at Pavilion #137, Village International, the Pavilion’s activities commenced last night with a presentation by the St. Petersburg International Media Forum.

ROSKINO’s CEO Katya Mtsitouridze commented: ‘We are delighted to celebrate our 90th anniversary right here at the film industry’s most prestigious festival, and we believe we have a programme to match our special occasion. We look forward to welcoming the International community to the Pavilion, as we bring quality Russian product with global appeal to an audience every bit as passionate about great film as we are.’

The Pavilion’s programme opened with a presentation by the organizers of the St. Petersburg International Media Forum (SPIMF). They outlined plans for the inaugural event commencing in the Russian city on October 1st, giving further details of the forum’s markets, conferences, and Gala Screening plans. SPIMF promises to offer a rich and diverse programme, representing different cultures, types of cinema, television and new media.

It was followed by a presentation of upcoming wartime drama BATTLE FOR SEVASTOPOL, an official co-production between Russia’s New People and Ukraine’s Kinorob, and based on the true story of legendary wartime sniper Ludmilla Pavilchenko. Backed by both Russia’s Ministry of Culture and the Ukrainian State Film Agency, shooting is currently underway in Kiev and Crimea, with the film set for an anticipated May 2015 release date.

Co-production and partnership between the two nations has rarely been more important, and Producer Natalia Mokritskaya of New People addressed the current political strife by commenting “we strongly believe that it is good timing for our project: a universally powerful story that united our two people who have been allies for many years is exactly what is needed to remind us that the relationship between our two countries is way above momentary politics.”

Besides ROSKINO’S anniversary, the Russian film industry has much to celebrate at Cannes. The eagerly-anticipated LEVIATHAN will be screened in competition, Andrey Zvyaginstev’s (ELENA) modern reworking of the Book of Job is amongst the contenders for the Palme d’Or. Meanwhile, THE LAST ONE, directed by Sergey Pikalov, a Russian-Azerbaijani co-production from Buta Films, will participate within the Short Films Selection.

LEVIATHAN producer Alexander Rodnyansky said: “Zvyagintsev is a unique artist. Each of his films is a major artistic tour-de-force and a grueling journey for the director himself. LEVIATHAN is an unusual film for Andrey Zvyagintsev, with its extensive ensemble of characters and intricate staging,” commenting on the festival’s decision he added: “As producers, Sergey Melkumov and I hope very much that LEVIATHAN’s inclusion in the main competition programme at Cannes will ensure the film’s longevity.”

Producer of Buta Films Nasib Piriyev described the film Last one as ‘a great example of the possibilities of co-productions. When we started making the film, nobody was thinking about winning competitions or awards, so it is all the more rewarding to be recognised by the Cannes Film Festival.’

ROSKINO has actively worked to encourage such possibilities. Assisting the country’s filmmakers and producers with their commercial releases abroad, and promoting Russian films at major international film festivals, markets, and awards, ROSKINO also works to facilitate co-operation and participation in the opposite direction by encouraging International filmmakers to venture to Russia’s own festivals and events.

The pavilion will serve as the centre of the Russian Film Industry at Cannes, promoting Russian cinema at the market and acting as an information point for the nation’s attending filmmakers. It is set to host an eclectic range of press conferences, panels, and debates from a wide variety of industry experts and guest speakers. Planned events currently include:

  • Presentation of the St. Petersburg International Media Forum (SPIMF)
  • Presentation of ROME Animation Studio
  • Focus on New Russian Cinema
  • Presentation of GLOBAL RUSSIANS 2014
  • Press conference of the 36th Moscow International Film Festival
  • Conference Digitalization of audio-visual industry: pirates, startups and perspectives
  • Press conference of The Last One, participant of the 2014 Short Films Selection
  • Press Conference of Glacier Films, organized by Renovatio Entertainment with participation of Adrien Brody
  • Presentation of CUPIDITY by MOFILM Studio

Additional information and photos:
- Elena Barkova, press secretary ROSKINO
+7 926 996-41-45;
- Olivia Read, DDA Public Relations Ltd
+ 44 (0) 7972 324 146,

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