Svoy Pocherk Company /
"Svoy Pocherk" Company together with Federal Fund for Social and
Economic Support of the national cinema, Russian State Film Fund, Community
of Bar city, Film-Makers Union of Russian Federation, Film professionals Union
of Montenegro, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Montenegro in Russian
Federation, Montenegrin Companies "Linas" and "Longrun Invest",
center of Russian Language and Culture "VOZROZHDENIE" and "Monte
Casa" hotel from September,10 to September,16 holds the Film
Festival "DAYS OF RUSSIAN CINEMA IN MONTENEGRO-2011", which already
became traditional for Montenegrin filmgoers.
In 2011 the Film Festival is held as part of celebration of important anniversary
- 300 years of political relations of Russia and Montenegro. Film Festival "DAYS
OF RUSSIAN CINEMA IN MONTENEGRO-2011" is included by Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Russian Federation in plan of events covering the celebration of
Films will be shown in Cultural Center of Bar and in Gymnasium named after
Danila Kish in Budva.
In the program of Film Festival there are new feature and animation films of
Russian film-makers. In these days meetings of viewers with directors and actors
presenting their films will take place. Also there will be round tables of film-makers
of our countries and workshops in Cinema Academy of Cetinje.
Traditionally in one of Festival`s days organizers and sponsors hold Charity
Action for Montenegrin children.
In program of film demonstration they also included newsreel which will acquaint
viewers with most important milestones in goodwill and political relations between
our nations, the moments of which are imprinted on celluloid.
Among participants of Film Festival - director, head of Film-Makers Union of
Russian Federation, People's Artist of Russian Federation Nikita Mikhalkov,
theatrical and film director, script writer, People's Artist of RSFSR Sergey
Yursky (films "Love and Pigeons", "The Little Golden Calf",
"The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed" and others); professor of VGIK
film school, head of sub department of animation film direction, scriptwriter,
People's Artist of Russian Federation, Honored Arts Worker of Russia, twice
Laureate of State Prize of Russia Andrey Khrzhanovsky (author of animation
films "The House That Jack Built", "Lion with grey beard",
"Butterfly" and others), director of film "Quirks", son
of worldwide famous artist, director and scriptwriter Rezo Gabriadze (scriptwriter
of films "Mimino", "Kin-dza-dza!", "Don`t Grieve!",
"Passport") - Levan Gabriadze; People's Artist of Russian Federation,
Laureate of State Prize of Russia Nina Usatova (she became famous after
the role of Deaf-mute in the film "Cold Summer of 1953", then she
acted in films "Muslim", "Caucasian Roulette", "The
Island" - 66 films in all; for the role of priest`s wife Alevtina in the
film "The Priest" she was awarded of "Golden Eagle" prize
for the best female supporting role); People's Artist of Russian Federation
Nina Ruslanova who acted in 142 films (the most famous are "Shadows
vanish in Noon", "Winter Cherry", "Kin-dza-dza!", "The
Dog`s Heart" and others. For role in film "Chinese Grandmother"
Ruslanova was awarded with "Nika" prize for the best female role).
The films which will be demonstrated in Montenegro are translated into Montenegrin
language and will be shown with subtitles.
THE PROGRAM OF FILM FESTIVAL INCLUDES FILMS:
"Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel". Film by director Nikita Mikhalkov,
continuation of the films "Burnt by the Sun" and "Burnt by the
Sun 2: Exodus". 1943, height of Great Patriotic War. Mitya (Oleg Menshikov)
found Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov) in penal battalion standing near the walls of
some impregnable Citadel. Drunk General Melezhko gave the battalion an order
to attack the fortress, although it was certain death for them. Kotov noticed
Mitya and did not want to meet him, so he went into the assault with his battalion
a little earlier, and Mitya had to go into heavy fire of enemy because anti-retreat
soldiers did not let him back in trench. But neither Kotov no Mitya were killed
or injured. After the battle Mitya told Kotov about all that he had done and
gave him a gun. Kotov did not kill Mitya. Then Mitya informed him that he was
rehabilitated and promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. So General Kotov
paid for restoration of his good name with his crippled life. He went back to
his home, recollection of which gave him forces to bear all these awful years.
But the things that he saw in his home shocked him. All has changed, his fragile
world has been ruined. And Kotov has to struggle again. For his name, for his
honor, for his Citadel…
"Belka and Strelka. Star dogs" is the first Russian full-length
computer animation film for children with an opportunity to view it in 3D. Directors:
Svyatoslav Ushakov and Inna Evlannikova. Film is based on real events, it is
timed to 50th anniversary of flight of mongrels Belka and Strelka on Soviet
space ship "Sputnik 5".
"A Room and a Half, or a Sentimental Journey to the Homeland".
It is a fantasy based on prose of great poet, laureate of Nobel Prize Joseph
Brodsky. Poet`s childhood and youth, episodes of his life in emigration, imaginary
journey to St. Petersburg, laugh and tears excited by playing of great actors
Sergey Yursky and Alisa Freindlich, original animation by a living classic of
this genre Andrey Khrzhanovsky, unique newsreel - all of these a viewer can
see in "A Room and a Half, or a Sentimental Journey to the Homeland".
"Chinese Grandmother". Director Vladimir Tumaev. All the events
of this comedy happen in small provincial town, in the yard of old house, which
has not been repaired for a long time. The characters of the film are men of
modest means, pensioners, whose income is their pension only. And all their
thoughts are about "how to survive". Then to one of heroines her sister
comes. She is keen on Chinese culture, studies feng shui, adores all these spices
and silk cloths. Living in old house, this Chinese Grandmother turns life of
old men and women upside down and transforms it into holiday. Actors: Nina Ruslanova,
Irina Muravyova, Aleksandr Mikhailov, Vladimir Tolokonnikov, Kira Kreylis-Petrova.
"The Priest". The new film of Vladimir Khotinenko tells about
Pskov Orthodox Mission. During Great Patriotic War Baltic priests revived church
life on occupied territories from Pskov to Leningrad. "We know nothing
about life in occupation. We know about heroic resistance, but about everyday
life - nothing. Although 50 millions people lived that life, without any information,
not knowing who is likely to win a victory. And I devote my film to that people".
Prototype of the film`s main character is father Aleksey Ionov, who during
the war helped partisans, sheltered Jews, gave clothes and food to prisoners
of concentration camp Salaspils. He adopted eight children who lost parents,
and his wife Alevtina supported him in all his deeds.
"It is not only story of priest`s feat, that missioners performed every
day, it is also tale about love of father Aleksandr and Alevtina, - scriptwriter
Aleksandr Segen tells. - Yet there has not been such a love story in cinematograph".
For the roles of main characters director invited Sergey Makovetsky and Nina
Usatova, and at first some things seemed difficult. Director did not see any
other actor playing father Aleksandr, but Sergey Makovetsky was younger than
his character and Khotinenko do not like artificial "making older".
As a result the main character`s age was brought nearer to the actor`s. "Also
I was a little afraid that Sergey and Nina Usatova, who plays the priest` wife,
will not be harmonious together, - the director tells. - But it turned out that
they are a splendid couple!"
"Quirks". New romantic comedy by director Levon Gabriadze
is not likely to amaze a viewer with original idea or intricate storyline. But
a viewer can truly enjoy himself and admire at beautiful Milla Jovovich who
speaks Russian with her funny accent and sings "Svadba! Svadba!" Star
of blockbusters "The Fifth Element" and "Resident Evil"
acted in Russian romantic comedy with pleasure in spite of some difficulties
with memorizing Russian text. Milla`s mother, famous soviet actress Galina Loginova,
also acted in the comedy.
Konstantin Khabensky played role of provincial teacher who came to Moscow and
met his love Nadya (Jovovich). Ivan Urgant played role of former Nadya`s fianc?,
who is ready for any quirks for his love. It seems that the story is classical,
but circumstances change - happy Slava Kolotilov (Khabensky) is mistaken for
football trainer of his native town Palchiki (literally in Russian - "little
fingers") and it makes him to put off the wedding "just a day later".
Consequences are unpredictable…
PROGRAM OF FILM FESTIVAL
Bar, Culture Center, Jovan Tomashevich St., 57
September, 10. Press-conference (King Nikola`s Palace, 16.30)
September, 11. Ceremonial opening of Film Festival, 19.00. Film "Burnt
by the Sun 2: Citadel", director Nikita Mikhalkov, 2011, 126min.
September, 12. 19.00 film "the Priest", director Vladimir Khotinenko,
September, 13. 19.00 film "A Room and a Half, or a Sentimental Journey
to the Homeland", director Andrey Khrzhanovsky, 2009, 130min.
September, 14. 19.00 film "Chinese Grandmother", director Vladimir
Tumaev, 2010, 83min.
September, 15. 19-00 animation film "Belka and Strelka. Star dogs",
directors Svyatoslav Ushakov and Inna Evlannikova, 2010, 85min.
September, 16. 19.00 Closing of the Film Festival. Film "Quirks",
director Levon Gabriadze, 2011, 97min
Directorate of the Film Festival retain the right to change the date of demonstration.
Contacts of press-center of Film Festival in Montenegro:
PR-director of Film Festival Alina Banovich +382 69666424, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Skype: Lina S