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Sergey Mokritsky’s THE BATTLE FOR SEVASTOPOL leads way for projects calling for Co-Production Partners

CANNES – Friday 15th May, 2014: ROSKINO today announced details of several new film projects emerging from the Russian market. The eclectic slate of upcoming films includes sniper Ludmila Pavlichenko biopic THE BATTLE FOR SEVASTOPOL, the first Russian 3D animation film QUACKERZ, and inspirational true-life tale 20 LIVES.

The projects will all hope to enjoy success similar to that of THE BATTLE FOR SEVASTOPOL, an official co-production between Russia’s New People and Ukraine’s Kinorob, who's partnership started in Russian Pavilion an hear ago.

Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO CEO: “We have chosen 10 projects for co-production out of 73 that were sent to ROSKINO. The most important that each of those 10 producers has a clear vision about which kind of partnership is necessary and which goals should be pursuit. It doesn’t make any sense to start a project without understanding of how it would be released. I’m sure that all the presented projects today in the Pavilion will be accomplished”

QUACKERZ, directed and co-written by Viktor Lakisov (VIY 3D), is the first 3D animation film to come from Russia, with ROME Animation Studios teaming up with A-VFX Studios to re-tell the story of Romeo & Juliet. With inimitable and original artwork and stereoscopic format, the film includes 10 video-game scenes to fully immerse the audience in the action surrounding rival duck clans, as Longwei, a young drake from the Mandarin flock and Erica, the daughter of the colonel in command of a mallard squadron fall in love.

20 LIVES from Logos Film Company follows the heroic actions of record-breaking World Champion swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan, who upon witnessing a bus hurtle from a bridge into an icy lake, dove into the depths to bring survivors to the surface, at huge personal expense. Peter Winther’s script depicts an inspirational true life tale of selfless heroism.

20 LIVES Producer Olga Sinelshchikova said: ‘A story of a man who has become a hero against his will and saved dozens of lives told by the means of modern visual language and spectacular special effects will be understood by a wide audience, and we hope that international distributors will be interested in acquiring rights for different international territories.’

Dmitry Mamulia’s DOGS. DESIRE. DEATH, produced by Igor Shulkin and Anna Aleshkovska is another project seeking international co-production. The London based drama follows intersecting characters each battling with the loneliness, love, and longing of modern life within a major city.

Meanwhile, Ivan Lopatin of Leevandia Entertainment presented Timofey Zhalnin’s suspenseful THE DISAPPEARANCE. A thriller depicting an acrimonious couple lost in the Siberian wilderness and forced to survive both the elements and the harsh realities of their failed relationship.

Timofey Zhalnin, the scriptwriter and the film director, says about main idea of THE DISSAPEARANCE: “The script is based on real events that occurred with young couple lost in the Siberian taiga. This story is not only physical survival in the situation on the verge of life and death, but also psychological drama about the survival of people with dead-end relationship. In a broad sense, a story about a man who wanted to outwit fate. But the fate was trickier.”

Konstantin Fam, director of TRIOLOGY WITNESSES also introduced his film, stating: “Witnesses has reached the final stage of competition to be subsidized by the Ministry of culture of Russian Federation. We hope that we will be supported. For me its very personal film, and personal emotions, that are linked to the history of my family, and millions of similar families that until now remember this tragedy, the understanding of which is essential”.

Similarly, Anastassia Perova, producer of SVETLANA introduced her project, stating: “Svetlana is a real "soul trip" of a Kremlin princess, the favorite daughter of tyrant Stalin. She was in search of love, happiness, harmony... Love and death of Indian wise man Bradzesh Singh gave her freedom and new life”.

The list of projects, curated by ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze, and set to be individually introduced by their respective producers, includes:

  • “The Last Inhabitant,” director Jivan Avetisyan
  • “Svetlana,” created by Irina Kvirikadze, producer Anastassia Perova
  • “Chekhov’s List,” director Anna Fenchenko, producer Vladimir Khotinenko
  • “Stones of Sunrise,” director Philip Abryutin, producer Svetlana Kuchmaeva
  • “The Whiskered Nanny 2,” producer Marina Kozhevnikova
  • “20 Lives,” producer Svetlana Dally and Olga Sinelschikova
  • “Witnesses” (anthology), producer and director Konstantin Fam
  • “Dogs. Desire. Death.,” director Dmitry Mamulia
  • “The Disappearance,” director Timofey Zhalnin, producer Ivan Lopatin
  • “Quackerz,” director Viktor Lakisov, producers Oksana Brovchenko and Ruben Atoyan

Additional information and photos:
- Olivia Read, DDA Public Relations Ltd
+ 33 (0) 6 26 91 910 25;

- Elena Barkova, press secretary ROSKINO
+ 7 926 996-41-45;


About Roskino

ROSKINO formerly SOVEXPORTFILM, is the Russian establishment responsible for consulting with the Russian Government regarding the international image of the Russian film industry and is the only company promoting the country’s motion-picture art internationally.

Projects undertaken by the company have always reflected the diversity and abilities of Russia’s filmmaking contribution to the world’s cultural heritage.

The main functions of Roskino are:

  • PR and Marketing for Russia and Russian product
  • Distribution of Russian Product
  • Attending Festival and Events
  • Attracting and facilitating co-productions and investment
  • Developing dialogue with international community
  • Attracting, discovering and supporting talent
  • Working with universities in Russia and abroad to support the Russian filmmaking infrastructure
  • Market Research

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