You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Russia’s Roskino Opens Doors at Venice

Catherine Mtsitouridze presents latest edition of film export initiative

LONDON — Roskino, which promotes Russian cinema in international markets, is launching the second edition of Doors, its film export initiative, at the Venice Film Festival.

The Doors program introduces new Russian films and emerging filmmaking talent to international distributors. Details of the second Doors summit and screening series, which will take place next month in St. Petersburg, will be announced at Venice.

Roskino inked a pact with Hulu last year for the online platform to distribute 12 Russian films showcased through Doors.

The state-run agency, which is headed by Catherine Mtsitouridze, is attending Venice for the second year as a partner of the Venice Film Market. As well as promoting Russian films and talent, Roskino will tubthump for the three Russian filmmakers participating in “Future Reloaded,” which is a series of short films that celebrate the fest’s 70th anniversary and reflects on the future of cinema. The three directors are Aleksey Fedorchenko, Marlen Khutsiev and Aleksey German Jr., who is also on the fest jury deciding the award for debut film.

Mtsitouridze said, “This is a special year for Venice and we arrive at the festival with a huge sense of pride that we have three Russian directors invited to take part in the wonderful ‘Venice 70: Future Reloaded’ program led by the great Marlen Khutsiev.”

Popular on Variety

Mtsitouridze will also be a speaker in a Venice Film Market discussion about new funding initiatives and incentives emerging in Eastern European countries. The other panelists include Nerina Kocjancic from the Slovenian Film Institute, Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik from the Polish Film Institute, Marketa Santrochova from the Czech Film Center and producer Rudolf Biermann from the Czech Republic. The event will take place on Aug. 31, 9:30-11:00, in the Excelsior Hotel.

Other Russian films screening at Venice are Fedorchenko’s “Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari,” represented for international sales by Antipode, and Aleksey German Sr.’s “My Friend Ivan Lapshin.”

Mtsitouridze is also editor-in-chief of the Russian version of “Variety.”

More Film

  • Martin Scorsese'The Irishman' film premiere, Arrivals,

    Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon' Set for Italy Release Via RAI Cinema

    Martin Scorsese’s next film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” will be released in Italian cinemas by RAI Cinema’s 01 Distribution unit, the company said Wednesday. The period murder mystery is based on a real-life incident and will star Leonardo DiCaprio. Robert De Niro is also believed to be on board the project. Shooting is expected [...]

  • Universal Music U.K. Poaches BBC’s Alice

    Universal Music Poaches BBC’s Alice Webb to Run Eagle Rock

    Alice Webb is moving from the BBC to Eagle Rock, the Universal Music U.K.-backed producer and distributor of music programming. Webb has held several senior roles in a 15-year career at the BBC including head of its kids unit and COO of its BBC North division, overseeing the relocation of key departments from London to [...]

  • Bombshell Charlize Theron Nicole Kidman Margot

    'Once Upon a Time,' 'Bombshell,' 'Irishman' Top SAG Awards Nominations 2020

    “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Bombshell,” and “The Irishman” led the nominations for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up four nods apiece. All three films will compete for the top prize, best ensemble, along with “Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit.” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is an ode to the [...]

  • SAG Awards Placeholder

    SAG Award Nominations: The Complete List

    Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced Wednesday morning, with Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Jay Roach’s “Bombshell” dominating nods on the film front. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” with Rachel Brosnanhan led the pack among TV shows. “Superstore” star America Ferrera and “Black Panther” actress Danai Gurira [...]

  • Joker

    'Joker,' 'Irishman,' 'Parasite' Receive ACE Eddie Awards Nominations

    The American Cinema Editors has nominated “Ford v Ferrari,” “Joker,” “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story” and “Parasite” for its ACE Eddie top feature film drama award. “Dolemite Is My Name,” “The Farewell,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Knives Out” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” received nominations in the feature comedy category. Nominated animated films include “Frozen 2,” [...]

  • SAG Awards Placeholder

    How to Watch the SAG Awards Nominations Live

    America Ferrera and Danai Gurira will announce the nominations for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif., beginning at 7 a.m. PT. The announcement will air live on TNT, TBS and truTV, and stream on YouTube, tntdrama.com/sag-awards, truTV.com and sagawards.org. The SAG Awards nominations [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content