Eastern promise

Berlin Daily Spotlight: Russian Cinema

A selection of Russian films in the Berlin market:

“Bullet Collector”
Director: Alexander Vartanov
Cast: Yuliya Aug, Ruslan Nazarenko, Anastasia Lagosha
Sales: Alpha Violet
Logline: Bored teen tries to escape into fantasy world.

“Corporal vs. Napoleon”
Director: Marius Weisberg
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Pavel Derevyanko, Mikhail Efremov
Sales: Central Partnership
Logline: Laffer in which a Russian corporal disguises himself as a woman to try to waylay Napoleon Bonaparte and save Russia.

“My Dad Baryshnikov”
Director: Dmitry Povolotsky
Cast: Dmitry Vyskubenko, Anna Mikhakova, Anatoly Kot
Sales: LevelK
Logline: Period comedy about a ballet-obsessed teen, who pretends his dad is a famous dancer.

“The Convoy”
Director: Alexey Mizgirev
Cast: Oleg Vasilkov, Azamat Nigmanov, Dmitry Kulichkov
Sales: Pavel Lungin Studio
Logline: An apocalyptic portrait of the police and the army in Russia today. Pic world preems in Panorama.

Director: Viacheslav Kaminskiy
Cast: Sergey Svetlakov, Olesia Sudzilovskaya, Nikolay Kozak
Sales: Bazelevs
Slick kidnap thriller from Timur Bekmambetov’s shingle in which a businessman is presented with a terrible choice: his son’s life or his own.

“Shadow Boxing 3D: Final Round”
Director: Alexey Sidorov
Cast: Denis Nikiforov, Andrey Panin, Elena Panova
Sales: Central Partnership
Logline: Final installment in hit trilogy — which grossed $13.2 million on home turf — follows the hero to Hong Kong to uncover his rival’s secrets.

“Once Upon a Time There Lived a Simple Woman”
Director: Andrey Smirnov
Cast: Darya Yekamasova, Vlad Abashin, Maxim Averin
Sales: Intercinema Agency
Logline: Russia’s darkest pages of history seen through the love and tragic fate of an ordinary woman at the start of the 20th century.

“Zavtra” (Tomorrow)
Director: Andrei Gryazev
Sales: Andrei Gryazev
Logline: Docu, which world preems in Forum, looks at the anti-Putin street theater Voina Group.

Director: Sergey Loban
Cast: Alexey Podolsky, Pyotr Mamonov, Dmitriy Bogdan
Sales: Organic Films
Logline: Absurdist comedy of manners from cult filmmaker Sergey Loban.

Director: Roman Prygunov
Cast: Danila Kozlovsky, Artem Mikhalkov, Mikhail Efremov, Artur Smolyaninov
Sales: Art Pictures Media
Logline: Drama centering on a rich Moscovite living on the edge.

Berlin Daily Spotlight: Russian Cinema
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