Filmin showcases the rich variety of Russian cinema
- The RFF (Russian Film Festival) lands on the Spanish platform this Thursday, 10 December, and can be enjoyed by its subscribers until the 30th
Eight great titles from the Russian Film Festival, an international event organised by the Russian Cultural Federation and Roskino (Russian Cinema Worldwide), will be available for Filmin subscribers to enjoy from 10-30 December. The festival, which is also unspooling in Mexico (via FilminLatino), Australia and Brazil, aims to promote the best Russian film productions internationally, placing particular emphasis on the Spanish market. All of the movies will be available in their original-language version with Spanish subtitles, while the animated flick The Big Trip will also be dubbed into Spanish in order to cater to younger viewers.
The content of the programme, which takes in genres ranging from animations and thrillers to arthouse films, has been curated so that it will reach audiences of different ages and tastes. One of the most prominent titles is Arrhythmia [+see also:
interview: Boris Khlebnikov
film profile], a 2017 film directed by Boris Khlebnikov. The comedy-drama was co-produced with Finland and Germany, and won awards at the Karlovy Vary and Toronto Film Festivals, and it is about the challenges faced by a husband and wife who are both doctors. From the same screenwriters, Boris Khlebnikov and Natalya Meshchaninova, comes the storyline of Core of the World [+see also:
film profile], directed by the latter: it paints a portrait of a sensitive vet and his life in the countryside as he straddles the human and animal worlds. The third feature is Ice by Oleg Trofim, one of the most widely seen films of 2019, a musical drama about an ice skater and her process of self-improvement, while the aforementioned The Big Trip by Natalya Nilova is an entertaining animated flick written by Vasiliy Rovenskiy and Billy Frolick, the screenwriter of Madagascar.
Other movies in the selection are the Cannes-awarded Beanpole [+see also:
film profile] by Kantemir Balagov, a post-war drama set in Leningrad, toplined by two women; and Text by Klim Shipenko, a thriller based on the Dmitry Glukhovsky bestseller. A Frenchman by Andrey Smirnov, about 1950s Moscow and its cultural ins and outs, and the romantic comedy Another Woman [+see also:
interview: Anna Parmas
film profile] by Anna Parmas top off this selection being showcased on Filmin from 10-30 December.
“As a platform dedicated to offering the best of European film, we at Filmin are delighted to have this opportunity to work together with Roskino on this exceptional initiative, which really allows us to reassert our commitment to innovative cinema with a strong personality. Modern Russian films have the necessary potential and ambition to get through to Spain’s general public, and we will channel all of our dedication and effort into making this a reality,” states Joan Sala, programmer and editorial coordinator at Filmin.
Roskino is the government office responsible for marketing the international image of the Russian film industry and is the only company that promotes the country’s cinematic art on the international level. Its primary mission is to help Russian filmmakers with their commercial releases abroad, hence why it promotes national movies within the international film industry, operating at festivals and awards ceremonies, as well as at markets. Likewise, its tasks include public relations and marketing, market research, the distribution of Russian content, preparing for film festivals and markets, attracting and facilitating co-productions and investment in the country, fostering dialogue with the international community, discovering and supporting talent, and working with universities – both in Russia and abroad – in order to bolster the Russian film infrastructure.
(Translated from Spanish)
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