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17:30 - 21:00 The Story of an Appointment / История одного назначения (Opening Ceremony + Q&A) 5.30 to 6.30 pm - red carpet, champagne and photos6.30 to 9.00 pm - screening and Q&A with Cast 9pm to 11.30pm - after party (tickets sold separately)   A poignant and tragic story about an event that involved the famous writer Count Leo Tolstoy. A…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 112 min
  • Q&A director Avdotya Smirnova and Aleksey Smirnov
18:00 - 19:51 Salut-7 / Салют-7 (Cambridge) USSR, June 1985. After contact with the Salyut-7 space station is lost, it is decided to send a rescue mission into orbit. The space crew must find the “dead” station and for the first time in the world to dock with a 20-ton block of uncontrolled frozen…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 111 min
18:30 - 20:30 Short film selection #1 A selection of films competing for the Best Short Golden Unicorn Award –  mostly by young filmmakers, winners and participants of international film festivals.   628 (GUA nomination)Director: Anna Kuznetsova Sacha is 18 years old. She is in love with…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 120 min
  • Q&A Anna Kuznetsova (director of 628), Yana Gladkikh (director of Anna vice Versa), Svetlana Samoshina (director of The sign), Tatyana Polosina (director of The truth), Evgenia Solyanikh (producer, actress of Russian death)
19:00 - 19:45 Victim Status / Статус жертвы Through their stories of physical and psychological trauma seven domestic violence victims and the film director talk about common behavioural stereotypes  in modern society. Every one of us could find themselves, sooner or later, in this triangle: victim-aggressor-saviour.…
  • Language In Russian
  • Subtitles English subtitles
  • Duration 33 min
20:30 - 22:15 Elephants Can Play Football / Слоны могут играть в футбол + Q&A Dmitry is a strong-willed, solid guy. He could easily quit the game, if only he knew that he was playing.    
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 105 min
  • Q&A director Mikhail Segal, actor Vladimir Mishukov and producer Alexander Kotelevskiy
18:00 - 20:15 Elephants Can Play Football / Слоны могут играть в футбол + Q&A (Oxford) Dmitry is a strong-willed, solid guy. He could easily quit the game, if only he knew that he was playing.    
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 105 min
  • Q&A director Mikhail Segal, actor Vladimir Mishukov and producer Alexander Kotelevskiy
18:15 - 20:45 Salut-7 / Салют-7 + Q&A USSR, June 1985. After contact with the Salyut-7 space station is lost, it is decided to send a rescue mission into orbit. The space crew must locate the “dead” station and for the first time in history dock with a 20-ton block of out of control metal…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 111 min
  • Q&A director Klim Shipenko
18:30 - 20:15 Peter’s Odyssey / Одиссея Петра (debut*) + Q&A Peter is a 12-year-old boy, whose blissful summer of 1996 comes to an abrupt end when his parents decide to еmigrate to Germany. Unwilling to adapt to the new reality Peter embarks on a fantasy journey back home. Based on a true story.  
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 75 min
  • Q&A directors Alexey Kuzmin-Tarasov and Anna Kolchina
19:00 - 20:30 Uncle Sasha, or one flew over Russia / Дядя Саша, или полёт над Россией Uncle Sasha is a dreamer who lives on an island in a remote, dead village surrounded by water. He dreams of the restoration of the monarchy and the revival of the wise Russian way of life. He has decided to implement his utopia in one particular place.…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 58 min
19:30 - 21:00 Oscar + Q&A (VIP) The story of the famous artist Oscar Rabin set against the background of three decades of the Soviet history and his successful attempt to confront the regime with paints and brushes. This is a story about non-violent resistance to the forces of evil,…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 52 min
  • Q&A directors Aleksandr Smoljansky and Yevgeny Tsymbal
20:30 - 22:00 Coupled / Двое (debut*) + Q&A A young couple, Andrey and Nadya, are lost in the remote Siberian taiga. It seems that the only way left for them to stay together as a couple is to put themselves in the way of peril. From this very moment begins their difficult path in the fight against…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 94 min
  • Q&A director Timofey Zhalnin, producer Alexander Kotelevsky and actress Tatyana Polosina
20:30 - 22:00 Jumpman / Подбросы + Q&A Denis grew up in an orphanage where his mother left him soon after his birth. He has a rare illness: he is immune to pain. Sixteen years later his mother appears out of the blue and takes him away to Moscow. She makes him part of a gang. Denis becomes…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 90 min
  • Q&A producer Natalia Mokritskaya and actress Anna Slyu
18:00 - 20:15 Elephants Can Play Football / Слоны могут играть в футбол + Q&A (Cambridge) Dmitry is a strong-willed, solid guy. He could easily quit the game, if only he knew that he was playing.    
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 105 min
  • Q&A actor Vladimir Mishukov and producer Alexander Kotelevskiy
18:30 - 20:30 Rezo / Знаешь, мама, где я был? + Q&A An animated documentary about the life of Rezo Gabriadze, a Georgian artist, writer and creator of the famous Tbilisi Marionette theatre, told and painted by Rezo himself. The film dwells on the issues of deeply rooted humanity and kindness in the very…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 62 min
  • Q&A director Leo Gabriadze
18:30 - 20:32 VMayakovsky / ВМаяковский + Q&A (Edinburgh) The actors become the characters of the film before the very eyes of the viewers: the poet, Vladimir Mayakovsky; the women he loved and the ones who left him; the friends who admired him and those who betrayed him; the ruthless "Knights of the Revolution"…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 122 min
  • Q&A with Professor
19:30 - 21:30 Hoffmaniada + Q&A Soyuzmultfilm Animation Studio is proud to present a unique puppet-animation film from director Stanislav Sokolov, with characters created from original drawings by the artist Mikhail Chemyakin. This romantic fantasy, based on the diaries and fiction…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 75 min
  • Q&A producer Yuliana Slashcheva
19:30 - 21:45 Witnesses / Свидетели + Q&A (VIP) The film tells about the history of the Holocaust through the stories of its unwitting witnesses. At the beginning of the 20th century a unique violin was created in a workshop, intended as a gift for a talented Jewish boy. The violin becomes the focal…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 104 min
  • Q&A director Konstantin Fam, actress Oksana Fandera
20:30 - 21:45 Anna’s War / Война Анны + Q&A Having miraculously survived in a mass execution of the Jews in her village Anna, a 6-year-old, hides for months in a disused chimney in a Nazi Commandant's office. From her shelter she watches life passing her by; left with only memories from the life…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 75 min
  • Q&A director Aleksey Fedorchenko
20:30 - 22:36 Summer / Лето + Q&A (Sold Out 28th Nov) A love triangle emerges involving a rock musician, his protégé, and his wife in the 1980s Russia. Kirill Serebrennikov, an unspoken critic of the regime, had to finish the film whilst placed under house arrest. He pays an elegiac tribute to the Leningrad…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 126 min
  • Q&A actress Irina Starshenbaum
18:00 - 20:02 VMayakovsky / ВМаяковский + Q&A The actors become the characters of the film before the very eyes of the viewers: the poet, Vladimir Mayakovsky; the women he loved and the ones who left him; the friends who admired him and those who betrayed him; the ruthless "Knights of the Revolution"…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 122 min
  • Q&A director Aleksandr Sheyn
18:00 - 20:35 The Story of an Appointment / История одного назначения + Q&A (Oxford) A poignant and tragic story about an event that involved the famous writer Count Leo Tolstoy. A soldier from an infantry regiment based not far away from Tolstoy’s family estate is accused of committing a crime and faces a military tribunal and execution.…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 112 min
  • Q&A actress Irina Gorbacheva
18:10 - 19:36 Temporary Difficulties / Временные трудности + Q&A Sasha Kovalev is suffering from cerebral palsy. It takes hours to cope with simple household tasks. But the boy's father chooses to treat him as a healthy person: "You have temporary difficulties." The boy manages to cope, but he hates his father forever.…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 86 min
  • Q&A producer Georgy Malkov
18:20 - 19:46 Sobibor / Собибор + Q&A The film is based on the history of the Sobibór extermination camp uprising during WWII led by the Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. As a POW in Sobibor, he managed to do the impossible - to organise a mass escape of the prisoners. Some of the escapees…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 86 min
  • Q&A director, actor Konstantin Khabenskiy and acrtess Maria Kozhevnikova
18:30 - 20:30 How I Came To Be... / Как я стал...+ Q&A Young Sasha has it all thanks to his father – money, cars, the best college education. But Sasha wants to live his life differently, although he doesn’t know how exactly... He dreams of becoming a rock star or a great artist. One day Sasha meets Masha,…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 100 min
  • Q&A director Pavel Mirzoyev
19:00 - 21:15 INTO_nation of the Great Odessa / ИНТО_нация Большой Одессы All the characters in this film are in some sense orphans  because they’ve lost their homeland - their city in which they were born. They have travelled all over the world and speak in different languages with their children. And not all of their children…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 104 min
  • Q&A producer Susanna Alperina and actress Oksana Fandera
19:30 - 21:45 Van Goghs / Ван Гоги + Q&A (VIP) The highs and lows of a love-hate relationship between an oppressive father and his miserable middle-aged son. More hate than love. Viktor calls his son by his childhood nickname Birdie, which infuriates the son. Mark calls his father Your Majesty, which…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 103 min
  • Q&A director Sergey Livnev and actor Aleksey Serebryakov
20:30 - 21:48 Clay Pit / Не Чужие + Q&A In the Russian back country life seems to have frozen in the 90s. After an unsuccessful attempt to "conquer Moscow" Mila returns to her mother's house to heal her wounded pride. Her sister Galya is married to Rustam, a handsome young man from Central…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 78 min
  • Q&A Natalia Ivanova (Producer), Alexander Nosovskiy (Cinematographer)
15:00 - 16:33 Hostages: It Was Important to Understand... A documentary about the shooting of the film Hostages (participant of RFW-2017) and the tragedy in Georgia in November 1983, when a group of youngsters from elite Georgian families tried to hijack an aircraft in order to escape from the USSR. The documentary…
  • Language Russian, Georgian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 93 min
  • Q&A with director Elena Slatina
18:00 - 20:00 Oscar + Q&A (Oxford) The story of the famous artist Oscar Rabin set against the background of three decades of the Soviet history and his successful attempt to confront the regime with paints and brushes. This is a story about non-violent resistance to the forces of evil,…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English subtitles
  • Duration 90 min
  • Q&A directors Alexander Smoljansky, Yevgeny Tsymbal
18:20 - 20:12 I Am Losing Weight / Я худею + Q&A Anya only loves food and her boyfriend Zhenya. But because of the food they part: Zhenya does not like the way Anya begins to look because she has put on a lot of weight. However Anya is not ready to just give up. With the help of a good friend passionate…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 112 min
  • Q&A director Alexey Nuzhniy and actress Irina Gorbacheva
18:30 - 20:00 Deep Rivers / Глубокие реки (debut*) + Q&A An Old Man, his two sons, Bes and Mukha, and Bes’s wife, Zaira live on the bank of a mountain river. The men earn their living by felling trees. One day the Old Man becomes incapacitated in an accident. The family asks the youngest brother, who lives…
  • Language Kabardian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 75 min
  • Q&A director Vladimir Bitokov
18:30 - 20:35 The Story of an Appointment / История одного назначения (Edinburgh) A poignant and tragic story about an event that involved the famous writer Count Leo Tolstoy. A soldier from an infantry regiment based not far away from Tolstoy’s family estate is accused of committing a crime and faces a military tribunal and execution.…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 112 min
19:00 - 20:26 Sobibor / Собибор (Cambridge) The film is based on the history of the Sobibór extermination camp uprising during WWII led by the Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. As a POW in Sobibor, he managed to do the impossible - to organise a mass escape of the prisoners. Some of the escapees…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 86 min
20:00 - 22:15 In the Hood / На районе + Q&A (VIP) Vova and his best friend Kisa make ends meet by working for the local thug in Vladivostock, Russia until one assignment forces them to question their own morality and puts their friendship to the ultimate test.  
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 103 min
  • Q&A director Olga Zuyeva and actor Danila Kozlovsky
20:20 - 22:26 Summer / Лето + Q&A (Extra Screening London 30th) A love triangle emerges involving a rock musician, his protégé, and his wife in the 1980s Russia. Kirill Serebrennikov, an outspoken critic of the regime, had to finish the film whilst placed under house arrest. He pays an elegiac tribute to the Leningrad…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 126 min
  • Q&A producer Iliya Stewart and actress Irina Starshenbaum
20:30 - 22:00 Suleiman Mountain / Сулейман гора (debut*) + Q&A A story of a man, torn between two women. Shot on location in and around the mystic World Heritage Site of the Suleiman Mountain in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, the film tells the coming of age story of a grown man who must first lose love in order to find it.  
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 101 min
  • Q&A producer Elena Yuatcura
13:00 - 15:00 Genesis 2.0 / Генезис 2.0 On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters are searching for the tusks of extinct mammoths. There is a gold rush fever in the air.The tusk hunters find a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass. For the high-tech genetic scientists…
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 112 min
  • Q&A
15:00 - 17:00 Short film selection #2 A selection of films competing for the Best Short Golden Unicorn Award –  mostly by young filmmakers, winners and participants of international film festivals.   Farewell, my love! / Прощай, любимый!Director: Alexander Tsypkin,Ksenia Rappoport Farewell,…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 120 min
  • Q&A Alexander Tsypkin (director of Goodbye, my love), Ksenia Zueva (director of The shimmering), Khava Mukhieva (director of The tree)
15:00 - 17:00 Oscar + Q&A The story of the famous artist Oscar Rabin set against the background of three decades of the Soviet history and his successful attempt to confront the regime with paints and brushes. This is a story about non-violent resistance to the forces of evil,…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English subtitles
  • Duration 90 min
  • Q&A directors Alexander Smoljanski, Yevgeny Tsymbal
17:00 - 19:00 Short film selection #3 A selection of films competing for the Best Short Golden Unicorn Award –  mostly by young filmmakers, winners and participants of international film festivals.   Innocent/ НевиновныйDirector: Denis Simachev   Sergey lives the  ordinary life of family…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 120 min
18:00 - 20:55 Core of the World / Сердце мира + Q&A Egor is a vet at a training facility for hunting dogs in a remote part of Russia. He treats the dogs, cleans their kennels, oversees the workers, meets with clients and their dogs. But it's easier for him to get along with the dogs than with people. Egor…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 124 min
  • Q&A director Natalya Meshchaninova and actor Stepan Devonin
18:00 - 19:37 The Forest / Лес (debut*) + Q&A Danila is sixteen. Katya is twice his age. He spends hours watching her clandestinely from an old shed. He does not even think about trying to be with her until his father shows up on Katya’s doorstep... Father and Son are drawn into tumultuous events…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 97 min
  • Q&A director Roman Zhigalov and actress Natalya Rychkova
19:00 - 21:00 Short Film Selection (Cambridge) A selection of films competing for the Best Short Golden Unicorn Award –  mostly by young filmmakers, winners and participants of international film festivals.   Anna vice Versa / Аня наоборотDirector: Yana Gladkikh One day  Anna gets an anonymous…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 120 min
  • Q&A
20:00 - 21:02 Piter by Kasta + Q&A A film inspired by the beautiful city of St. Petersburg and the tracks from the new album by the well-known Russian rap group Kasta. It is a fantasy on how the group members’ lives could have turned out - should Vladi, Zmey, Khamil and Shym have been…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 62 min
  • Q&A director Aleksey Sobolev
20:10 - 22:40 Ice / Лёд + Q&A A musical romantic drama. Nadya gives up her dream of becoming a champion figure skater when she is hospitalized with an injury. But then she meets Sasha, a hockey player, who decides to teach her to believe in herself and her dream again.
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 113 min
  • Q&A Director Oleg Trofim and actress Aglaya Tarasova
13:30 - 15:24 The Last Warrior / Последний богатырь + Q&A Ivan is an ordinary guy, who by mere chance is transferred from modern Moscow to a fantasy land called Belogorie. This parallel world is inhabited by characters from Russian fairy-tales. Ivan turns up in the middle of a battle between the forces of light…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 114 min
  • Q&A director Dmitriy Diyachenko
14:00 - 16:47 Asino / Осёл + Q&A The celebrated Russian theatre director Anatoly Vasilyev’s Asino (Italian for donkey) is an epic ode to this beast of burden. The donkey has a long cultural history dating back to Greek mythology and the Bible. Asino consists of eight novellas, approximately…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 167 min
  • Q&A director Anatoly Vasilyev
16:30 - 17:48 Clay Pit / Не Чужие (Cambridge) In the Russian back country life seems to have frozen in the 90s. After an unsuccessful attempt to "conquer Moscow" Mila returns to her mother's house to heal her wounded pride. Her sister Galya is married to Rustam, a handsome young man from Central…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 78 min
  • Q&A Natalia Ivanova (Producer), Alexander Nosovskiy (Cinematographer)
17:00 - 18:25 The Book of the Sea/ Книга моря In the frigid waters off of Russia’s Bering Strait, Inuit and Chukchi hunters still seek out the giant sea mammals that sustained their people since time immemorial. Life meets myth as a new generation of hunters sets out to sea to hunt the whales, walruses,…
  • Language In Russian, Inuit (Siberian Yupik), Chukchi
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 85 min
18:00 - 20:04 Core of the World / Сердце мира (Oxford) Egor is a vet at a training facility for hunting dogs in a remote part of Russia. He treats the dogs, cleans their kennels, oversees the workers, meets with clients and their dogs. But it's easier for him to get along with the dogs than with people. Egor…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 124 min
18:00 - 20:00 JEWELLER’S JUBILEE: Presented by Vladimir Mashkov, Brian Cox, Marina Zudina and Pavel Tabakov This event is the life celebration event in honour of the late Oleg Tabakov. Recorded during live performance at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre. Presented by special arrangement with Kultura State Broadcasting Company. The play “Jeweler's Jubilee”…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 90 min
  • Q&A Brian Cox, Vladmir Mashkov, Marina Zudina, Pavel Tabakov
20:00 - 22:10 The Bottomless Bag / Мешок без дна + Q&A A lady-in-waiting tells the Tsar Alexander II a metaphysical story about a 13th century prince who is killed in the woods under mysterious circumstances. The fairy tale characters who have witnessed the terrible death, all share their versions of the…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 104 min
  • Q&A director Rustam Khamdamov
20:30 - 23:00 The Coach / Тренер (Closing Premiere + Q&A) Contemporary Russia. After failing to score a penalty, a humiliated national football star quits the big game altogether. He flees to a small town, where he decides to coach a local team. But it is with this team that he will perform a miracle and find…
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 138 min
  • Q&A director, actor Danila Kozlovskiy, actress Irina Gorbacheva and Olga Zueva

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