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Russian Actress Wins Golden Palm in Cannes






The award ceremony of the 71st Cannes International Film Festival was held on May 19, 2018. Samal Yeslyamova received the Best Actress award for her performance in Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Ayka, thus winning in one of the most prestigious nominations.


Samal Yeslamova, actress, winner of the Best Actress award of the 71st Cannes Film Festival:
‘I am totally and completely happy. I cannot even grasp the full meaning of what happened that night. I would like to thank the festival, the jury, but first and foremost Sergey Dvortsevoy. He is a wonderful person and a great director.’

This year Russia had 5 titles in the official selection of the festival, a record number over the past few years. Most notably, there were two Russian films in the main competition: Summer, a biopic by Kirill Serebrennikov, and Ayka, a social drama by Sergey Dvortsevoy.


Ayka is a co-production of five studios: Sergey Dvortsevoy’s own Kinodvor, Pallas Film of Thanassis Karathanos (Germany), Otter Film of Anna Wydra (Poland), Juben Picture of Luna Wang and Zhu Li (China), and Eurasia FIlm Production of Gulnara Sarsenova (Kazakhstan) supported by the MInistry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The film follows a young Kyrgyz girl who gives birth to her son in Moscow and has to leave the baby in the maternity ward. She has a hard time surviving in Russia and yet there is no way to suppress her newly found motherly instincts.


Sergey Dvortsevoy, director:
‘I am so happy for Samal. She is a wonderful actress. The film was a tough challenge for her but she made it and I am glad the jury appreciated her performance. It is very important for the whole team. Although Ayka is an international co-production of five countries it is first and foremost a Russian film and a Russian victory.’

Kirill Serebrennikov’s Summer received the independent Cannes Soundtrack award for the performance of Zveri (Beasts) band.


Calendar by the young Russian director Igor Poplaukhin won the second prize of the Cinéfondation shorts section. Calendar s a tale of an ordinary woman who disappears every now and then to undertake an extraordinary journey visiting a mysterious prisoner.


Cinéfondation is a student film competition that becomes a jump start of great careers for some of the participants. Poplaukhin’s short along with 17 other titles was selected out of 2,500 submissions from around the world.


The lineup of Semaine de la Critique, or International Critics Week, included Normal by the young Russian director Mikhail Borodin while the Cannes Classics section, a true cinephile haven, featured Sergey Bondarchuk’s War and Peace. Film I. Andrei Bolkonsky, the first episode of the acclaimed four-part epic meticulously restored by Mosfilm studios specialists.


Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO:
‘It has been an unforgettable year in Cannes with a total of five Russian films in different sections. Cate Blanchett started the award ceremony by mentioning Kirill Serebrennikov and his Summer. Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Ayka got the Golden Palm for the performance of the brilliant actress Samal Yeslyamova, and being part of the main competition program is already perceived as victory. Igor Poplaukhin got the second prize of the Cinéfondation section. Russia was in the limelight of all the festival programs as well as at the film market. The industrial program included the Roskino - Russian Cinema Worldwide umbrella stand as well as the Russian Pavilion that hosted 15 showcasing internationally oriented events Russian film projects. It is especially important considering the troubled global agenda. Positive news about Russia are more important than ever.’


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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.


In May, 2016 Roskino partnered with the world’s biggest film market Marché Du Film at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, making Russia one of the headliners of the event.


In 2017 Roskino initiated the Moscow Film Commission (MFC), a Moscow City government organization set up and endorsed by Roskino with the aim promoting the Russian capital as a unique filming location and supporting international film and TV crews in setting up their production in Moscow.


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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 establishment of the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival and became its director.


From September, 2010 to January, 2011 Catherine 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 at MIFF with the participation of 45 US sales and distribution companies from US.


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 was named Breakthrough of the Year at the First National Business Communication Awards ceremony. Under her guidance ROSKINO delivered outstanding results, including a successful partnership with the world’s biggest film market Marché du Film at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival where Russia became one of the headliners.


In 2017 she initiated the establishment of the Moscow Film Commission, a Moscow City government organization set up and endorsed by Roskino with the aim promoting the Russian capital as a unique filming location and supporting international film and TV crews in setting up their production in Moscow.


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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