“The Whale Hunter”, one of the eight selected feature films.
The first edition of Russian Film Festival It can be watched for free and online through Qubit until July 4, with an eight-film program showcasing “the diversity of Russian cinema,” according to one of the organizers.
“We try to choose world stories that can be close and visible to people in all places. The festival program is designed to meet the interests of a wide audience of different ages and diverse preferences. We have put together a well-balanced program and viewers will be able to see Russia from different sides: historical, cultural and modern “Evgenia Markova, CEO of Kian Ruschino, the festival’s organizer, told Tlam.
The program includes historical dramas such as “French”activist biography Elizabeth Glinka On Dr. Lisafantasy tape “North Wind” And two first shows like “whale hunter” (Awarded at the Venice Film Festival) and “The man from Podolsk”.
“Almost 70 Russian projects were launched abroad and brought in $ 20.5 million at the international box office at the end of 2020.”“
Another movie based on real events is “to the wire”, based on the rivalry and friendship between the Russian Olympic team fencer, and the comedyيدي “More in!”, plus ATP animation with serial “Kid-E-Cats”.
Tallam: How do these films represent Russian filmmakers?
Evgenia Markova: All eight films have been successful in various international film festivals and are examples of social impact content, an emerging international trend now. Also, Russian films are becoming more visible and popular in different countries due to their high quality. Almost 70 projects from Russia were launched abroad and brought in $ 20.5 million at the international box office at the end of 2020.
T: What is the difference between Russian cinema in relation to other known cinematography in Argentina?
AM: Actually, the difference is in cultural traditions, because every cinematographer (except for the American) contributes his own culture. This is what Russian cinematography is all about: telling cultural stories in a cinematic way, both in films and in series, documentaries and animation. And now, when the borders are closed and it is not possible to travel, it is also about communicating with Russian heritage, culture and human values in general. Cinema is also a way to find similarities between the Russian and Latin American mentality, and we see a lot in common, while we are organizing the Russian Film Festival in other countries of your region.
T: How is the current state of Russian cinema? How did the epidemic hit you?
AM: As I mentioned earlier, the quality of Russian content has improved significantly in recent years and demand has increased: before the pandemic, the export of Russian content grew by 20-30% year on year. There is a lot of interest in the world: Russia is among the top 10 exporters, along with France, Germany and Great Britain, and relatively new players such as South Korea and China. Despite the decline in the box office due to the pandemic, in Russia and around the world, the real progress of Russian content has come thanks to the boom in streaming services. This year, we’re also seeing a resumption of the box office: in the first quarter of 2021, Russia was among the five highest-earning countries, after China, Japan and the United States, with $172 million.
T: Also, Russia will have the first movie to be shot in space.
AM: At the end of May 2021, the crew of the feature film “The Challenge” began pre-flight training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training and Research Center. Director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild, as well as their replacements Alexei Dudin and Alyona Mordovina, will go to Star City. The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with the film crew on board is scheduled to launch in October 2021. The crew is supposed to stay in space for about two weeks. It is a joint project of the state corporation “Roscosmos”, Channel One and the yellow, black and white production studio. I hope we can show this film at one of the future Russian film festivals.
T: Russia has a long and well-known history in the theater. How do you think this tradition is reflected in Russian cinema?
AM: I would say that cinematography is based on the traditions of Russian theater. The theater of the first Tsar in Russia was owned by Alexei Mikhailovich and existed from 1672 to 1676. Its beginning is connected with the name of Boyar Matveyev, an intellectual who was the first to give the idea of creating a theater on the European model. In the twentieth century we can see many examples where theatrical talents were transferred to film directors, such as Vsevolod Meyerhold and Sergey Eisenstein at the beginning of the century, or Kirill Serebnikov today, who works in a new way suitable for both theater and theater. Screen. By the way, in the program of the Russian Film Festival we have the film “The Man from Podolsk” by Semen Serzhin, adapted from a famous play in the genre of absurd drama.