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Director Alexey Uchitel Screenplay by Advotya Smirnova Director of Photography Yury Klimenko, Pavel Kostomarov Production Designer Eugene Mitta Music by Alexey Goribol Costume designer Elena Suprun Producer Alexey Uchitel Cast Irina Pegova, Pavel Barshak, Eugeny Tsyganov, Eugeny Grishkovets Production Rock Films with the support of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography Country of production Russia Time 90 min Genre Melodrama Budget $ 0,4 mln
Today’s twenty-‐something Russians are the first generation in the country’s post-‐communist history to have grown up free. Their twenties are the age of freedom, of fast-‐changing events and intense emotions. Perhaps only at this age they can live a whole life in one day. A young girl and her two accident companions walk halfway around St.-‐Petersburg; they flirt and tease each other, and for ninety minutes they act out a real-‐time romantic drama. This stroll is full of laughter and tears against a backdrop of the hustle and bustle of the streets and some mystifying secret that keeps the audience in suspense. In the end, the mystery is resolved, forever uniting the story with the city. St. Petersburg has never been seen like this before. The city is not shown as a phantom, museum, specter or ruin. This is Petersburg on-‐line, a beautiful, busting city, in which young Russian Europeans live and suffer freely and easily. Selected Awards: International Film Festival Cottbus 2003: Special Jury Prize for the Outstanding Artistic Solution, FIPRESCI Prize, Boulder Prize; International Film Festival Cleveland 2003: Best Film; International Film Festival Syracuse 2003: Best Film; Window to Europe Film Festival 2003: Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Female Character; The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia "Golden Eagle" 2003: the Best Actress, Nominee for the Best Film, Best Photography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor in Supporting Role; National Academy Awards Nika 2003: Nominee for the Best Screenplay, Best Actor in Supporting Role; XXV Moscow International Film Festival 2003: Main Competition Program, Russian Cinema Club Federation Prize. 2
Director Alexey Uchitel Screenplay by Alexander Mindadze Director of Photography Yury Klimenko Production Designer Vera Zelinskaya Music by Leonid Desyatnikov Producer Alexey Uchitel Cast Eugeny Mironov, Irina Pegova, Eugeny Tsyganov, Elena Lyadova, Dmitry Mulyar Production Rock Films with the support of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography Country of production Russia Time 87 min Genre Drama Budget $ 2,1 mln
The USSR, 1957 – time of hope and genuine belief that the future will undoubtedly be bright. The Soviet satellite is conquering space, and on the Earth, in a little port city, the bright beaming eyes of Konyok and Lara -‐ a naive restaurant cook and his waitress girlfriend -‐ follow the movement of the satellite with hope and excitement. Their romance is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious stranger, Gherman. He knows for sure that one can not run away from this country. One can only fly. Or swim. The guys are absolutely different: the first is a provincial and simple one, the other is a cynical newcomer from the big world. Their strange relationship resembles boxing which was the initial reason of their acquaintance: it is kicked off with punches, blood, and cut lips. But everything that happens to them makes them closer and closer – but how will it end? Selected Awards: The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia "Golden Eagle" 2005: Best Screenplay, Best director, Nominee for the Best Film, Best Photography, Best Actor, Best Production Director, Best Sound; XXVII Moscow International Film Festival 2005: Golden George for the Best Film; National Academy Awards Nika 2005: Best Photography, Best Actor, Nominee for the Best Screenplay, Best Feature Film, Best Costume Designer; ArtfilmFest 2006: Best Photography Work; Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2006: Special Jury Mentioning; VII KinoRurik Film Festival 2006: Best Film; The National Russian Cinema Press and Critics Award "Zolotoy Oven" 2006: Best Actor, Best Screenplay. 3
Director Katya Shagalova Screenplay by Katya Shagalova Director of Photography Eugeny Sinelnikov Production Designer Masha Petrova Producer Alexey Uchitel Cast Elena Lyadova, Nikolay Ivanov, Sergey Kachanov, Elena Galibina, Maria Zvonareva, Angelika Nevolina Production Rock Films, Dingo with the support of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography Country of production Russia Time 72 min Genre Melodrama Budget $ 1 mln
"Pavlov's Dog" is a debut for several members of its crew, including the screenwriter and director Katya Shagalova, and the cinematographer Evgeny Sinelnikov. The film reminds of Milos Forman's "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". But the conflict here is not between doctors and patients, but rather between freedom and captivity. The film centers on the story of Ksenia and Maxim, two twenty-‐year-‐olds, who meet each other in the sanatorium and fall in love. Ksenia is an alchoholic, Maxim is suicidal. They have been both sent here by their relatives, who did not want to deal with their children and their problems. Gradually it becomes clear that the characters, betrayed by their relatives, kept inside the sanatorium, constrained by regimes and the cult of work therapy, are healthier and freer than many of those who live outside. Selected Awards: Window to Europe Film Festival 2005: President of XIII Russian Film Festival Prize; XXVII Moscow International Film Festival 2005: Russian Program Participant; Black Nights Film Festival 2005: Panorama Program Participant; Pacific Meridian International Film Festival 2006: Film Festival General Sponsor Prize; Film Festival Stalker 2006: Grand Prix for the Best Film, Guild of Cinema Critics Prize; Open Russian Film Festival "Amurskaya Osen" 2006: Best Debut, Best Director, Special Producer Prize.
Director Avdotya Smirnova Screenplay by Avdotya Smirnova Director of Photography Sergey Machilsky Production Designer Andrei Vasin Music by Boris Grebenschikov, Alexey Steblev, Petr Klimov Costume Designer Ksenia Yarmolnik Producer Alexey Uchitel Cast Anna Mikhalkova, Mikhail Porechenkov, Dmitry Shevchenko, Anastasia Seglia, Irina Rozanova, Leonid Yarmolnik, Alexey Popogrebsky, Andrey Proshkin Production Rock Films with the support of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography Country of production Russia Time 83 min Genre Melodrama Budget $ 1 ,3 mln Ilya lives in Moscow, Nina lives in St. Petersburg. Ilya has a beautiful wife and a daughter, Nina’s husband is an artist, and they have a young son. Nina occasionally travels to Moscow to see her partners in the publishing industry. Ilya sometimes comes to St. Petersburg on business. But more often they are in the train between St. Petersburg and Moscow just to see each other. Because they have an affair. This film is about the second love, which always comes in the wrong time, and which can be the greatest happiness as well as the greatest disaster. It is about two people struggling to be free, who discover that freedom can be more difficult to relinquish than to acquire… Selected Awards: Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr 2006: Best Debut; Film Festival Kino-‐Yalta 2006: Best Actress; Montreal World Film Festival 2006: Focus on World Cinema Program Participant; International Film Festival Cottbus 2006: Spectrum Program Participant; The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia "Golden Eagle" 2006: Best Actress; International Family Film Festival 2007: Contemporary Foreign Cinema; Camerimage Film Festival, 15th edition: European Cinema Review; Spirit of Fire Film Festival 2007: New Russian Cinema.
Director Maria Mozhar Screenplay by Maria Mozhar Director of Photography Alexander Smirnov Production Designer Andrey Vasin Music by Pavel Karmanov Producer Alexey Uchitel Cast Julia Aug, Elena Yatsko, Aksel Shrik, Gennady Garbuk, Olesya Pukhovaya Production Rock Films, BELARUSFILM with the support of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography and the Belorussian Culture Ministry Cinematography Department Countries of production Russia, Belorussia Time 78 min Genre Drama Budget $ 1 mln
Belorussia, summer 1942. The war has moved on, far off to the east. The life of a small town where the German authorities of the region have set themselves up is getting back to "normal". The Germans study Russian, flirt with the local girls, the women wash their clothes and feed them. They have to carry on somehow… But suddenly the teenage son of the film’s heroine decides to run away to the partisans and blows up a German train so that they could accept him. He gets caught and the Germans have to execute him in order "to teach others a lesson". That’s the order and it can’t be disobeyed. The Germans know that this execution will bring an end to their peaceful lives. The local commandant understands this better than anyone as he is already involved in a close relationship with the boy’s mother. But he can’t ignore an order from his commanders …
Selected Awards: Baltic Debuts Film Festival 2007: Best Female Character; Brigantina Film Festival 2007: Grand Prix; Kino-‐Yalta International Film Festival 2007: Special Mentioning by the Jury; VI National Festival of Belorussian Films in Brest 2007: Best Male Actor, Special Prize "Best Debut in the Cinema"; XIV Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad-‐2007": Special Diploma of the International Jury "For fidelity to traditions and aspiration of the new decision of a theme of World War II", Special Prize "Best Co-‐production Russian-‐Belorussian Project". 6
Director Alexey Uchitel Screenplay by Vladimir Makanin with Timofey Dekin Director of Photography Yury Klimenko Production Designer Andrey Vasin Music by Leonid Desyatnikov Producer Alexey Uchitel Co-‐Producers Dimitar Gotchev (Bulgaria), Kira Saksaganskaya Cast Vyatcheslav Krikunov, Petr Logachov, Irakly Mskhalaia, Julia Peresild, Sergey Umanov, Andrey Feskov, Tagir Rakhimov, Dagun Omayev, Raisa Gichayeva, Larisa Shamsadova Production Rock Films with the support of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography in co-‐production with Camera (Bulgaria), National Film Center (Bulgaria) Countries of production Russia, Bulgaria Time 80 min Genre War Drama Budget $ 1 ,3 mln
Based on the story “The Prisoner from the Caucasus” by Vladimir Makanin Two Russian soldiers walk over the mountains and through the gorges of Chechnya: the seasoned and laconic Rubakhin and the cheerful and frivolous rifleman, Vovka. They are walking through the hot day searching for a guide to lead their convoy out of an ambush. Only a local who knows the trails can do it. But the locals are enemies, so they’ll have to take one captive. And then -‐ a chase, a throw, a punch, and a capture. An enemy’s taken captive and it doesn’t matter that he’s still a boy… The soldiers walk through the summer heat. Next to them a war is going on. And here -‐ two commanders, a Russian and a Chechen. The war has long been over between them, but it is still inside of them and around them. It is in the listless trading of arms and food, in the unkind jokes… But suddenly in this unbridled rush, a humane relationship appears, a relationship beyond the control of army regulations or politics but under the control of beauty. The kind of relationship that has no place here. Because the air is already charged with tremendous tension and the militants are moving closer and closer. Selected Awards: 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2008: Best Director; International Film Festival Cottbus 2008: Grand Prix and Dialogue Prize; International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers 2008: Bronze Camera 300; Australia International Film Festival 2008: Critics Prize, Audience Prize; Cinema Critics Awards "Bely Slon" 2008: Best Photography.
Director Yury Bykov Screenplay by Yury Bykov Director of Photography Ivan Burlakov Production Designer Andrey Vasin Music by Yury Bykov Producer Alexey Uchitel Co-‐Producer Kira Saksaganskaya Cast Denis Shvedov, Vladislav Toldykov, Alexey Komashko, Sergey Zharkov, Konstantin Strelnikov, Sergey Sosnovsky, Sergey Belya Production Rock Films with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation Country of production Russia Time 72 min Genre Drama Budget $ 1,3 mln
Early autumn, godforsaken Russian countryside. A local hunter Michail witnesses a skirmish in the middle of the forest -‐ three men want to kill the forth, Andrey. Kind-‐hearted Michail helps Andrey escape and together they run from the villains who chase them. Thus, two totally different men start a long and dangerous journey together, constantly arguing with each other regarding their ideology, morals and opinions about life. But life will put everything on its place and make the men understand who they really are.
Selected Awards: Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr 2009: Competition Program; III All-‐national Actors and Directors Film Festival "Zolotoy Fenix" 2010: Debut Prize; International Film Festival Cottbus 2010: Russian Days Program; XXXII Moscow International Film Festival 2010: Young Russian Cinema Program; Göteborg International Film Festival 2010: Participant; Film Festival Stalker 2010: the Stalker Prize for the Best Debut; Spirit of Fire Film Festival 2010: Debut Program; Taipei International Film Festival 2011: Special Jury Prize.
Director Alexandra Strelyanaya Screenplay by Alexandra Strelyanaya Director of Photography Alexander Demyanenko Production Designer Sergey Anisimov Music by Alexander Laneev Producer Alexey Uchitel Co-‐Producer Kira Saksaganskaya Cast Yana Yesipovich, Rosa Hayrullina, Elena Kalinina, Oleg Garkusha, Daniil Shigapov, Vadim Skvirskiy, Natalia Burmistrova Production Rock Films, Gorky Film Studio with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Country of production Russia Time 89 min Genre Drama Budget $ 1,2 mln
"Dry Valley" is the first full feature film by Alexandra Strelyanaya. The film is based on the famous novel written by Nobel Prize laureate Ivan Bunin. This story unites the destinies of the landowners and their servants, and is considered to be one of the most complete portraits of the Russian life in the late XIX century. It takes place in Dry Valley, a village owned by the noble family of Khrushevs. The story tells about Natalia, a young and naive girl who serves in their country house. We see and experience her love, dedication to her masters, mysticism, exile, betrayal and faith, while the Dry Valley is falling to pieces, slowly but inevitably, as well as the lives of its inhabitants. Selected Awards: Hamburg International Film Festival: Competition Program; International Film Festival in India: Cinema of the World; Shanghai Film Festival: Competition Program; 13th Shukshin Film Festival: Grand Prix; Deboshir Filmfest 2011: Diploma for Love to Art-‐house. 9
Director Pavel Ruminov Screenplay by Pavel Ruminov, Tikhon Kornev Director of Photography Fedor Lyass Production Designer Katya Scheglova Music by Alexander Ivanov Producers Alexey Uchitel, Kira Saksaganskaya, Vladimir Zelensky, Sergey Shefir, Boris Shefir, Andrey Yakovlev, Georgy Malkov Cast Maria Shalaeva, Roma Zenchuk, Maria Semkina, Ivan Volkov, Alisa Khazanova Production Kvartal 95 Studio, Enjoy Movies, Rock Films with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Country of production Russia Time 93 min Genre Drama Budget $ 1,4 mln Inna is single, pretty, successful and cheerful. She is a typical new Russian comfortable middle class young woman, working as a manager at a Moscow restaurant where she is surrounded with respect and love of her colleagues. Apart from that, she has a very special person in her life -‐ her 6-‐year-‐old son Mitya. The little boy is the centre of her universe, her best friend and ally. But one day Mitya sees his mum with a bandage on her head. Inna tells him that she had a car accident, but the truth is ruthless -‐ brain tumor… Knowing that she will die soon, Inna starts looking for foster parents. Inna’s twisted journey of anxiety, weakness and dismay will lead to unexpected encounters, rediscovering her strength, self-‐restraint and in the end – hope. Selected Awards: Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr: Grand Prix; Warsaw Film Festival: Competition Program; Open Russian Film Festival "Amurskaya Osen" 2012; Best Actress Award; Window to Europe Film Festival 2012: People’s Choice Award Moscow Premiere Film Festival; Pacific Meridian International Film Festival; International Film Festival Cottbus 2012: Competition Program; Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival; Kinotavr Program; 6th Russian Film Festival "Sputnik Over Poland": Competition Program; Honfleur Russian Film Festival in France; Russian Films Festival in Jerusalem; Russian Films Festival in London; "Luchezarniy Angel" International Film Festival: Best Actress Award, Best Feature Award; International Human Rights Film Festival "Stalker": Best Feature Award, Best Actress Award.
Director Alexandra Strelyanaya Screen play by Alexandra Strelyanaya Director of Photography Alexandra Strelyanaya Production Designer Mabruk Duvanov Music by Alexander Laneev Producer Alexey Uchitel Co-‐producer Kira Saksaganskaya, Alexandra Strelyanaya Cast Ilya Rigin, Taisia Krammi, Elena Kalinina Production Rock Films, Studio Kolomna with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Country of production Russia Time 88 min Genre Romantic drama Budget $ 1,3 mln
Whatever he was doing in his turbulent Moscow student life, he always dreamed of the Northern Sea. Whenever she went poaching at the sea side, like all her friends, she was dreaming of the high sky and the impossible love. When the summer came he decided to break away from Moscow to breathe the fresh salty air of the sea. That’s when they met. That’s when they fell in love. A young director, he sees cinema all around him, a true dreamer, she’s high with their love. This summer brings them as close as only possible but what will happen when it comes to an end? Selected Awards: International Film Festival "Spirit of Fire" in Khanty-‐Mansiysk: a special prize "For the preservation of cultural traditions" from the company "Gazprom oil" and a special jury prize "For the successful combination of documentary and feature film." Festival “Dvizhenie" in Omsk-‐ actress Taisia Krammi won the prize for Best Actress.