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CANNES: Program for the Russian Pavilion in Cannes Unveiled

LONDON — The program of events for the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled.

The gala opening of the Pavilion will be held May 15, at which speakers will include Vyacheslav Telnov, head of the Cinema and Modernization Programs Department of the Russian Ministry of Culture, Catherine Mtsitouridze, director general of ROSKINO, and Dmitry Litvinov, general director of Planeta Inform Communication Group.

There also will be a presentation of the Saint Petersburg Intl. Media Forum, which runs Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

On May 16, there will be a presentation of Russian projects looking for co-production partners.

The lineup, which was curated by Mtsitouridze, includes:
“The Last Inhabitant,” director Jivan Avetisyan
“Svetlana,” created by Irina Kvirikadze, producer Anastassia Perova
“Chekhov’s List,” director Anna Fenchenko, producer Vladimir Khotinenko
“Stones of Sunrise,” director Philip Abryutin, producer Svetlana Kuchmaeva
“The Whiskered Nanny 2,” producer Marina Kozhevnikova
“20 Lives,” producer Svetlana Dally and Olga Sinelschikova
“Witnesses” (anthology), producer and director Konstantin Fam
“Dogs. Desire. Death.,” director Dmitry Mamulia
“The Disappearance,” director Timofey Zhalnin, producer Ivan Lopatin
“Journey Beyond Three Seas,” producer Konstantin Nafikov
“Sounds of the Passing Times,” director Tatyana Dyakonova

This will be followed by a presentation by ROME animation studio of its 3D animation project “DuckTales.” Oxana Brovchenko, the executive producer, and Ruben Atoyan, the producer, will attend.

On May 17, Focus on New Russian Cinema 2014 will look at several new Russian film projects that will be presented for the first time to distributors, sales companies, international festival programmers, and members of the Russian and international press.

The lineup, which was curated by Mtsitouridze, includes:
“My Little One,” director Sergey Dvortsevoy
“The Hope Factory,” director Natalia Meshaninova
“Moscow-Russia Express,” director Igor Voloshin
“Rudolf Nureyev. A Rebel Demon,” producer Alfiya Chebotareva
“Recreational Ethology,” director Vassily Sigarev

This will be followed by a presentation of Global Russians 2014, which will look at the annual DVD almanac of Russian shorts presented at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Market.

The lineup:
“Mirrors of the Beautiful Lydia Voronstova,” director Anton Bilzho
“Ophelia,” director Sergey Rostropovich
“First I,” director Kantemir Balagov
“Rock,” director Ivan Shakhnazarov
“The Snap,” director Vadim Vatagin

The session was curated by Mtsitouridze, Ilya Bachurin, Dmitry Yakunin and Ivan Lopatin.

The winner of the Glavpitching competition, Alexander Yaropolsky’s “The Virus,” will be presented by Glavkino Studio.

On May 18, the Russian Pavilion will pay tribute to the memory of Russian director Aleksei Balabanov, who died last year.

This will be followed by Glacier Films’ press conference, organized by Renovatio Entertainment, at Baoli Beach on La Croisette, attended by producers Vladimir Polyakov, Georgy Malkov, Gevond Andreasyan, Sarik Andreasyan, Tove Christensen; actor Adrien Brody; and record producer Acon.

On May 19, there will be a press conference for the 36th Moscow Intl. Film Festival. Speakers will be Leonid Vereschagin, MIFF general producer; Kirill Razlogov, MIFF programming director; and Pyotr Shepotinnik, MIFF public relations director. There will also be a photocall for Dmitry Mamulia’s “Dogs. Desire. Death.”

This will be followed by a roundtable discussion titled “Digitalization of the Audio-visual Industry: Pirates, Startups, and Perspectives.”

Speakers are:
Alexander Zharov, head of the Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications (Roskomnadzor)
Benoit Ginisty, head of the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF)
Konstantin Zemchenkov, director of the Russian Anti-Piracy Organization
Maxim Ksendzov, deputy head of the Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications (Roskomnadzor)
Chris Marcich, president of the Motion Picture Assn. for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Oleg Rumyantsev, chairman of the Internet Video Assn.
Sergey Semenov, VP of the Producers’ Guild of Russia
Sergey Selyanov, STB Film Company producer and co-chairman of the Film and TV Producers Assn.

The session will be moderated by Mtsitouridze, and curated by Ekaterina Semenova.

May 20 will be devoted to the Russian participants in the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival, which includes Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” in competition.

On May 21 there will be a presentation of the film “Cupodity” by Cornetto Films. Directors are Elena Kipper, Mark Nunneley and Raul B. Fernandez. The film stars Julia Volkova, Lena Katina, Anna Niverova, Evgeny Dakot, Ilinca Rae, Matt Kyle, Hannas Pearl Utt, Andrew Gilbert, Melia Renee and Jake Lockett.

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