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7 Projects Tipped as Hottest Titles for 2016

CANNES – TUESDAY 17TH MAY 2016: ROSKINO has put the Focus on New Russian Cinema 2016, with its annual showcase of the most anticipated new titles coming out in Russia over the next year. Curated by ROSKINO CEO Katya Mtsitouridze, the event gave distributors, sales agents, international festival programmers, and press their first taste of a selection of Russia’s latest films; including Camera D’Or Jury Member Alexander Rodnyansky’s anticipated epic, THE DUELIST and new drama from the team behind Russian box office hit The Battle for Sebastopol, ZOOLOGY.

Directed by Aleksey Mizgirev (Tambourine, Drum), and produced by 2016 Camera D’or jury member, Alexander Rodnyanksy, (Leviathan, Cloud Atlas, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) THE DUELIST includes a stellar cast including Peter Fedorov (Stalingrad), Vladimir Mashkov (Flight Crew) and Martin Wukkte (Inglorious Basterds, Cloud Atlas). Set in St Petersburg in 1860, the film follows Yakovlev, who assumes another identity after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit. After falling in love he must reveal his identity in order to save her from his enemy. The film will be released in in Russian cinemas and in IMAX® on September, 29th 2016.

Actress, Alisa Khazanova’s (The Woman In Black) feature film debut MIDDLEGROUND was also amongst the most anticipated. Her ambitious project follows a woman who finds herself a passive observer of her own life in a muted oblivion of her own design. The project is produced by Ilya Stewart, who also produced Un Certain Regard selection title THE STUDENT, in Cannes this year.

Also presented at the event was Dmitry Kiselev’s highly anticipated, LEONOV. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Hardcore, Wanted, Bazelevs Company), the outer-space drama takes place during the heat of the cold war and follows the unlikely duo of a seasoned war veteran and a hot-headed test-pilot who become the first men in space. The film stars the popular Russian actors, Konstantin Khabenskiy (Wanted, Black Sea) and Evgeny Mironov (The Puppet Syndrome)

ZOOLOGY, directed by Ivan Tverdovsky (Correction Class) and produced by Mila Rozanova was also presented. With support from Roskino, the film was presented as part of the Paris co-production village in 2015. The surreal drama follows a woman who mysteriously grows a tail overnight. Whilst trying to come to terms with this, she attempts to heal the wounds of modern society.

Danny Drysdale’s VLADIVOSTOK VACATION is billed as the first-ever “rockumentary” movie of its kind. The action takes place on a sailing ship navigating the high seas. A Russian musician, decides that his band has achieved all the local success it can and dreams of international recognition. They journey to the USA, stopping along the way to visit the places where people love rock ‘n’ roll. However, it is not all smooth sailing.

Finally, attendees were given their first look at Denis Kataev’s and Gleb Cherepanov’s debut drama, 23.59, which depicts a man who becomes invisible to his friends and family after they forget his birthday, and thriller, Black Water, directed by Roman Karimov and produced by Andrey Novikov, which follows Maxim, who decides to take his brother away from his drug rehabilitation to go on a sailing trip, but their adventure soon turns into tragedy.

The presentation was moderated by famous Russian film critic and Kommersant journalist, Andrey Plakhov.

Katya Mtsitouridze said of the selection: ‘Russian cinema is truly flourishing in 2016, and these projects are testament to this. We’re delighted to offer a glimpse of these titles to industry, and are proud once again to be able to present such a diverse group of films from a variety of award-winning home-grown filmmakers’

ROSKINO plays a key role in assisting the country’s filmmakers and producers with their commercial releases abroad, promoting Russian films at major international film festivals, markets, and awards, and working to facilitate co-operation and participation in the opposite direction by encouraging International filmmakers to venture to Russia’s own festivals and events.

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