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Serj Tankian of Iconic System of a Down
Highlighted at Russian Pavilion Presentation



On May 19th, 2017, as part of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the Russian Pavilion hosted a presentation of the new projects from Central Partnership. Rafael Minasbekyan, KIT CEO; Pavel Stepanov, Central Partnership CEO; and Dzhanik Fayziev/, KIT Studio General Producer, unveiled their large-scale historical blockbuster "Furious" and played some new footage showcasing the high quality of the film's visual effects.


Serj Tankian, the lead singer of the iconic band System of a Down, has joined the project as a composer. The musician has long dreamed of scoring an epic movie, and "Furious" marks his first collaboration with a Russian filmmaker.


"For several months now, I've been working on a score for the epic blockbuster "Furious." I've been dreaming of a project like this for years: to blend together a big orchestra, crazy rock music, and ethnic motifs. In this sense, my dream has come true. I can say with some confidence that I'm terribly proud of the music I've composed for this film," says Serj Tankian.


Six themes have been created, some of them electronic. The instrumental parts will be recorded by System of a Down separately. The score should be finished by the end of the summer.


Dzhanik Fayziev, director and producer, KIT Studio:
"Serj Tankian may be the only musician in the world who knows how to fuse seamlessly modern rhythms and ultimate tenderness. He has fashioned an original score that can rival the best examples of its kind. It should also be noted that the music he has recorded for the movie sounds even better than the music we used as reference points."


Rafael Minasbekyan, KIT CEO:
"We're proud and happy that an internationally renown musician of has agreed to work on our movie. It's been a pleasure working with Serj. I'm sure that this project is just the first one in a long series of our future collaborations."

"Furious" is the first historical epic to tell of the martial exploits undertaken by the Ryazan military leader Evpatii Kolovrat. The setting is the 13th-century Kievan Rus', a fractured state about to be defeated by Batu Khan of the Golden Horde. As they burn down the cities and flood Russian land with blood, the plunderers meet no organized resistance until a brave soldier challenges them at last. Evpatii Kolovrat, a knight from the town of Ryazan, leads the charge to avenge his love and his Motherland, with a platoon of daredevils behind him. His courage will win even Batu Khan's grudging respect, and the hero's name will be forever imprinted in national memory. It was the filmmakers' intention to forego an accurate portrayal of 13th-century history; instead, they chose to fashion a fairytale world of their own.


Rafael Minasbekyan, KIT CEO:
"This project is very important for us, and the stakes are pretty high. We feel that we've made a beautiful, elegant, gripping, and inspiring movie. In order to unlock the potential of "Furious," we're setting in motion a robust marketing campaign on a par with the biggest recent blockbusters that went on to become box office smashes in Russia, such as Central Partnership's hits "Legend №17" and "Flight Crew." It's no coincidence that we're presenting our ambitious project at the Russian Pavilion, because it's a platform that has proven highly effective."


Dzhanik Fayziev, director and producer, KIT Studio:
"We've made an impassioned, energetic, and action-packed film––an incredibly tender, awe-inspiring tale of indomitable courage. As we blended history with the present day, and fantasy with realism, we set our movie amidst virginal Russian nature to tell an emotional and touching story of simple folk who become true heroes when burdened with unanticipated circumstances."

The part of Evpatii Kolovrat is played by Ilya Malakov. Until they found him, the casting directors had been auditioning actors for several months, looking for an unfamiliar face perfectly in keeping with the traditional image of a folktale Russian warrior. Ilya Malakov, a Ryazan native himself, has graduated from VGIK, where he studied acting under A.Ya. Mikhailov. Currently employed at the Moscow Guberniya Theatre and Sergei Bezrukov's Theatre, he has also taught choreography at the Ecole Producing Center and Boris Grachevsky's Theatre. The film's producers are certain that this will be his star-making turn. The cast also features such exceptional actors as Timofey Tribuntsev, Polina Chernyshova, Aleksey Serebryakov, Aleksandr Ilin Jr., Aleksandr Tsoi, Andrey Burkovskiy etc.


Pavel Stepanov, Central Partnership CEO:
"I'm so happy that we've made a big, spectacular, world-class Russian movie. We're proud of our history and our heroes, as well as of the top-shelf computer graphics we have made use of. We're glad to have a chance to present this project at Cannes six months ahead of its wide release, because we have full confidence in its commercial potential both at home and abroad––a claim already substantiated by European and North American sales. It gives us great pleasure to present the film, courtesy of ROSKINO, at the Russian Pavilion, where we can introduce it to an even wider circle of international buyers and distributors."

The shooting period spanned late January–late May, 2016. In the former ZiL car factory building in Moscow, reequipped with chroma key green screens, production designers erected numerous sets of princely palaces and ramparts, town gates and bulwarks and nomads' camps, a winter forest and expansive prairie. As Dzhanik Fayziev has pointed out, "Furious" is the first Russian production made fully in chroma key (according to the producer, the movie contains but 4-5 unmodified shots).


The crew was staffed by top-of-the-line professionals. Maksim Osadchiy, known for lensing "The Duelist," "Stalingrad," "Dark Planet," "9th Company" etc., served as director of photography. The stunts were coordinated by Aleksandr Samokhvalov from the Action Unit company, responsible for "Flight Crew," "Stalingrad," and "Legend №17."


"Furious" is currently in post-production, a stage especially critical for a film so reliant on CGI. Visual effects are managed by the Main Road Post, the computer graphics studio behind the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony in 2014, and such blockbusters as "Stalingrad" and "Attraction." The films' production budget is estimated at $20 million, while the marketing expenses will amount to over 100 million rubles. International distribution rights for "Furious" have already been sold to the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg (Splendid), France, Belgium, the Netherlands (ACTEURS AUTEURS ASSOCIES), Spain (Mediaset), and Mongolia (Digital content). North American rights have been purchased by Well Go USA, whose recent successes include the South Korean zombie horror "Train to Busan”. "Furious" is scheduled to come out in Russia on November 30th, 2017.


Additional info:
Jane Kovalenko
ROSKINO Press Office
info@ekovalenko.com
+7 916 131 10 00


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ROSKINO is the only Russian state institution promoting Russian cinema internationally. Since its foundation in 1924 ROSKINO facilitates the integration of the Russian filmmakers into the world industry. In 2014 the company celebrated its 90th anniversary.

The company promotes Russian cinema at major film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Beijing, London), markets (AFM in Los Angeles, EFM in Berlin, Marché du FIlm and MIPCOM in Cannes), and awards (The Oscars, Golden Globes, EFA Awards). It supports distribution of Russian cinema and solicits international investments and co-production partnerships.

One of the most prominent initiatives of ROSKINO is the DOORS international traveling film market that allows the company to present national cinema at various markets around the world.

Since 2012 ROSKINO operates the Russian Film Commission USA based in Los Angeles.

In 2014 ROSKINO launched a London office, ROSKINO UK.

In October, 2014 ROSKINO organized the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum, a high profile event uniting three types of content markets dealing with film, TV and new media that generated a considerable attention in the national and international media industry. The Media Forum attracted 2700 participants from 57 countries from around the world.

In May, 2016 ROSKINO became official partner of the Cannes Film Festival international film market Marché du Film, where it presented the program Focus on Russia, which consisted of 12 events ranging from press conferences to showcases of new projects.



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Katya Mtsitouridze is head of ROSKINO, Channel One film expert, Variety Russia Editor-in-Chief, SPIMF concept developer and general producer.

Katya graduated from the Tbilisi State University with an MA in history and film studies.

She is the author and narrator of This Is Cinema, a regular show on Russia’s Channel One.

She is ROSKINO CEO since 2011.

Katya’s portfolio includes diplomas of the film festivals in Cannes and Venice as well as the AFM market in LA.

In June, 2001, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.

In May, 2002, she was a member of the FIPRESCI jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival.

In June, 2003, Katya was on the jury for debut films at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival.

In May, 2008, she was a member of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section of the 61th Cannes International Film Festival.

Still in 2008, she initiated the creation of the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival which she is heading to the present day.

From September, 2010 to January, 2011 Mtsitouridze provided PR support in US and Canada for The Edge (Krai), a film by Alexey Uchitel, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the HFPA Golden Globe awards.

In September, 2011 she was in charge of the international PR and advertising campaign of Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

In June, 2012 she held the first DOORS International Traveling Film Market of Russian content within the framework of the 34th Moscow International Film Festival.

In November, 2012, Katya reached an agreement with HULU, one of the leading US digital platforms, for the VOD release of 12 contemporary Russian titles.

In May, 2014 she reached a further agreement for the distribution of CTC Media TV Content through HULU platforms.

In October, 2014 Katya held the first edition of the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum of which she was the concept developer and general producer.

In 2016, Katya has received the prize of the First National Business Communication Award in the “Breakthrough of the Year” category for the company’s outstanding achievements in 2016, particularly for ROSKINO’s partnership with the world’s biggest film market Marché du Film as part of the 69th Cannes International Film Festival, thanks to which Russia has become the event’s true headliner.

Katya is a member of FIPRESCI, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, the Russian and International Unions of Journalists, the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia. She also holds an MA in History.





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