The Russian Film Week Programme

Dates

VIP

Opening night

Sunday, 19 November 2017
17:30 (red carpet 16.30)
Attraction
Science Museum IMAX, Exhibition Road, South Kensington,London,
SW7 2 DD
Q&A with director Fedor Bondarchuk, producers, actor Alexandr Petrov and vfx effects supervisor Arman Yahin
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 2h 10min
12+
Year:
2016
Country:
Russia
Director:
Fedor Bondarchuk
Screenplay:
Oleg Malovichko, Andrey Zolotarev
Producer:
Fedor Bondarchuk, Dmitriy Rudovskiy, Mikhail Vrubel
Cast:
Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov
After an alien ship crash lands onto a Russian city, many who saw it and the occupants start to question their own existence while there are those who demand the aliens leave Earth.
Monday, 20 November 2017
18:00
24 Snow
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 33min
12+
Year:
2016
Country:
Russia
Director:
Mikhayil Barynin
Extreme climate of the Arctic Yakutia is an everyday survival challenge, forcing a human to struggle with nature and himself. This region attracts people who are looking for freedom and independence – everything here depends on a human; as there is no roads, electricity and hundreds of kilometres away from the nearest community. Our hero is a horse breeder living in a tundra and taking care of his cattle. He feels himself estranged in his own house, having no time to see his children grow ; and every year, Sergei spends more time away from his village, only meeting his family several times per year on horse breeders festivities and while bringing home horsemeat. A harassing living routine in the North shows who exactly is this human in reality.
Monday, 20 November 2017
20:30
All will end soon
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
Q&A with director Alexey Rybin
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 52min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Alexey Rybin
Screenplay:
Alexey Rybin
Producers:
Igor Gudkov, Alexey Rybin
Cast:
Ksenia Skakun, Mikhail Sivorin, Sergei Losev, Igor Golovin, Ivan Batarev
Mikhail Nosov is an ordinary working man. His lonely life consists of operating the factory machinery, watching TV, surfing the net in his tiny rented flat and dirty clubbing. One day Nosov meets a prostitute who calls herself Diana. She moves in with him and becomes his full-time escort. After getting to know the ‘real’ Diana, Nosov’s life, his habits and priorities are changed forever.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
18:00
Thawed Carp
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 41min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Vladimir Kott
Screenplay:
Dmitriy Lanchihin, Oksana Karas, Andrey Taratuhin
Producers:
Nikita Vladimirov, Maria Averbah
Cast:
Marina Neyolova, Alisa Freindlich, Evgeniy Mironov, Sergey Puskepalis
Elena Mikhailovna, having worked all her life in the only school of a provincial town, lives modestly in retirement. She is diagnosed with a fatal illness, that could end her life at any moment. Instead of an unbearable anticipation, she resolutely begins the preparation for her own funeral, in order to simplify the procedure for her only son, whom she hasn’t seen for over five years. Unexpectedly Elena Mikhailovna receives as a gift a huge carp, which changes her life.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
20:30
Loveless
Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY
Q&A with director Andrey Zvyagintsev TBC
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 2h 08min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Screenplay:
Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Producers:
Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Gleb Fetisov
Cast:
Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasilieva, Andris Keiss
The story concerns two separated parents living apart, whose affections are long forgotten and whose relationship has become loveless. The couple, going through a divorce, must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
20:30
Guardians
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 40min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Sarik Andreasyan
Screenplay:
Andrey Gavrilov
Producers:
Sarik Andreasyan, Gevond Andreasyan, Vladimir Polyakov
Cast:
Anton Pampushny, Sanzhar Madiyev, Sebastien Sisak, Alina Lanina, Stanislav Shirin, Valeriya Shkirando
During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members from all the Soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in difficult times they must reveal themselves again.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
18:00
Guppy
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
Q&A with director Vlad Furman and actress Nelya Popova
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 19min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Vlad Furman
Screenplay:
Vlad Furman, Vassiliy Sigarev
Producers:
Vlad Furman
Cast:
Nelya Popova, Mikhail Razumovsky, Yevgeny Baranov
"Gupeshka" - is a derivative of a guppy fish and the nickname of the main character of the film, Tamara, given to her by her husband. Guppy is a small aquarium fish that can survive in any conditions, even in the sewage system...
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
20:30
Spacewalker
BFI Southbank, NFT1, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Q&As with director Dmitriy Kiselev
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 2h 20min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Dmitriy Kiselev
Screenplay:
Sergey Kaluzhanov, Yuriy Korotkov, Irina Pivovarova, Oleg Pogodin
Producers:
Timur Bekmambetov, Yevgeniy Mironov, Sergey Ageev
Cast:
Sergey Kaluzhanov, Yuriy Korotkov, Oleg Pogodin. With Konstantin Khabenskiy, Aleksandr Ilyin, Evgeniy Mironov
In the midst of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States race to be the first nation to send a human being into outer space. On the Russian side, the unlikely duo of a seasoned war veteran and a hot-headed test pilot find themselves cooped up in a tiny spaceship. Their mission, beyond travelling further than any human has been before, is to ensure that their nation leads the way in an increasingly fraught game.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
20:30
Sella Turcica
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 16min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Yusup Razykov
Screenplay:
Producers:
Dariya Lavrova, Filip Brusnikin, Denis Luzanov
Cast:
Valeriy Maslov, Veronika Kuznetsova, Vitaliy Daushev, Ilya Kovrizhnih Sergei Genkin, Anna Belenkaya
The main character, Ilyich, can’t seem to figure out what is wrong with him. Ilyich is a former KGB and FSB agent. He had years of experience, but is now retired. Lonely and bored, he continues to spy on those who spark interest in him. A doctor diagnoses him with sella turcica, the Turkish Seat Syndrome, which poses no threat to those around him...
Thursday, 23 November 2017
18:00
Closeness
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 58min
18+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Kantemir Balagov
Screenplay:
Kantemir Balagov, Anton Yarush
Producers:
Nikolay Yankin
Cast:
Darya Zhovner, Olga Dragunova, Atrem Cipin, Veniamin Kac, Nazir Zhukov, Egor Shevyakov
1998, Nalchik, North Caucasus. A Jewish family is in trouble: the youngest son and his bride do not come home, and in the morning, a ransom note arrives from the local tribesmen. The ransom is so high that the family is forced to sell its small business and then seek help from their community.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
19:30
Kharms
EBRD, 1 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN
8. Q&A with director Ivan Bolotnikov, producer, actors Wojciech Urbanski, Aiste Dirziute
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 35min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Ivan Bolotnikov
Screenplay:
Ivan Bolotnikov, Sergei Soloviev
Producers:
Andrey Sigle, Sasho Pavlovski, Leonid Chub
Cast:
Wojciech Urbanski, Aiste Dirziute, Darius Gumauskas, Artem Semakin, Andrey Feskov
He considers himself a genius but the publishers refuse to print his works. He loves women but they don’t always understand him. Constantly without money and out of touch with reality. The elegant fop Daniil Yuvachov names himself Kharms - a name just as effective as his appearance. Loosely based on the biography of Daniil Kharms, the renowned Russian absurdist author of the beginning of the 20th century.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
20:30
Pagans
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 53min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Lera Surkova
Screenplay:
Lera Surkova
Producers:
Vladimir and Alexander Kott
Cast:
Elena Nesterova, Valentin Samohin, Vitaliya Enshina, Tatyana Vladimirova, Dmitriy Urosov
Set inside the confines of an apartment, a drama is played out between family members, mixed with a hidden blind faith in a miracle, following a visit of a devout grandmother. Amongst this family madness, a tragic love story of a teenage girl unfolds.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
20:30
Polina
Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London SW7 2DT
Q&A with directors Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj, actress Anastasia Shevtsova
In Russian and French with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 52min
12+
Year:
2016
Country:
France
Director:
Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj
Screenplay:
Valérie Müller (screenplay), Bastien Vivès (book)
Producers:
Maxim Ajjawi, Gaëlle Bayssière, Didier Creste, Wim Goossens
Cast:
Anastasia Shevtsova, Juliette Binoche, Veronika Zhovnytska, Kseniya Kutepova, Alexey Guskov
Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre) is a promising classical ballet dancer. But then she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
21:00
Arrhythmia
Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and
Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7DH
Q&A with director Boris Khlebnikov and actor Aleksandr Yatsenko
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 56min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Boris Khlebnikov
Screenplay:
Natalya Meshchaninova, Boris Khlebnikov
Producers:
Ruben Dishdishyan, Sergey Selyanov,Natalya Drozd
Cast:
Aleksandr Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva, Anna Kotova, Nikolay Shrayber
Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her; she wants a divorce. Oleg's new boss, a cold-hearted manager, got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn't care less - he's got lives to save. Caught between emergency calls, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, trouble at work and search for a meaning in life, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that keeps them together.
Friday, 24 November 2017
15:00
About Love-2 (Adults Only)
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
Q&A with director Nigina Sayfullaeva and actress Viktoriya Isakova
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 49min
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Nigina Sayfullaeva, Pavel Ruminov, Natalia Merkulova, Rezo Gigineishvili, Evgeniy Shelyakin, Anna Melikyan, Alexey Chupov
Screenplay:
Producers:
Anna Melikyan
Cast:
John Malkovich, Anna Mikhalkova, Gosha Kutsenko, Yuriy Kolokolnikov, Fedor Bondarchuk, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Viktoriya Isakova, Ravshana Kurkova, Max Matveev, Anna Mikhalkova, Aleksandr Pal
It’s summer in Moscow. People are preoccupied with their everyday lives, however, they don’t stop learning new things. Anyone can find numerous courses, lectures and workshops to their liking in Moscow. Yet the focus will be on the one and only lecture: the lecture about love. The characters are ordinary people, lost in a big city, their lives will intersect and each one of them will have a love story to tell.
Friday, 24 November 2017
18:00
Dreamfish
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
Q&A with director Anton Bilzho and actor Vladimir Mishukov
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 20min
15+
Year:
2016
Country:
Russia, Estonia
Director:
Anton Bilzho
Screenplay:
Anton Bilzho, Evgeny Kreov, Lyudmila Kruglova
Producers:
Yuliya Mishkinenе, Andrey Bilzho, Ilya Medovy, Aleksandr Plotnikov, Esko Rips
Cast:
Vladimir Mishukov, Severija Janusauskaite, Maxim Vitorgan, Andrey Bilzho
Roman is a proofreader, a real intellectual from St. Petersburg, who comes to a small Estonian spa town, to find tranquility and inspiration. He does the proofreading of the encyclopedia of the Baltic Sea Fishes, compiled in the same location by professor Polyanski, a Nobel prize winner. This work is very important for Roman. He would have accomplished his task, but once he swims too far in the sea and it is there and then he meets Helena, who is about to change his life and his perception of the world forever.
Friday, 24 November 2017
20:30
Nearest and Dearest
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
Q&A with director Kseniya Zueva and actress Katerina Mikhaylova
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 35min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Kseniya Zueva
Screenplay:
Kseniya Zueva
Producers:
Katerina Mikhaylova, Igor Fokin, Vladislav Pasternak
Cast:
Elena Chekmazova, Andrey Stoyanov, Nadezhda Ivanova, Danil Mozhaev, Larisa Morozova, Danil Steklov
A family living on the outskirts of Moscow are mired in quarrels, discomfort and mutual oppression. They spit negative emotions at each other, forgetting about love, compassion and God. A tragedy will take them through a belated catharsis.
Friday, 24 November 2017
20:30
Bolshoi
BFI Southbank, NFT4, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Q&A with director Valery Todorovsky and actrees Margarita Simonova
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 2h 12min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Anastasia Palchikova
Screenplay:
Valery Todorovsky
Producers:
Valery Todorovsky, Anton Zlatopolskiy, Maxim Skvortsov
Cast:
Anastasia Palchikova. With Margarita Simonova, Anna Isaeva, Alisa Freindlich, Valentina Telichkina
The film follows the tortuous path of a young provincial girl Yulya who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Her ambition is to dance at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre – the epicentre of Russian ballet. However, to succeed she needs to brace herself for the countless physical and mental challenges, tough decisions and an intense rivalry like she has never experienced.
Saturday, 25 November 2017
14:00
Have fun, Vasya!
Curzon Bloomsbury (Renoir small), Brunswick Centre,
London WC1N 1AW
Q&A with director Roman Karimov
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 35min
15+
Year:
2016
Country:
Russia
Director:
Roman Karimov
Screenplay:
Yana Lebedeva, Roman Karimov
Producers:
Andrey Novikov, Alexandr Kotelevskiy, Eduard Iloyan
Cast:
Efim Petrunin, Lubov Aksenova, Roman Kurtsin, Sofia Rayzman, Boris Dergachev
Contemporary Russia. Mitya and Alisa are set to get married. The problem is that Mitya is still married to Vasya, who refuses to grant him a divorce. Can Mitya and his friends convince Vasya to change her mind?
Saturday, 25 November 2017
14:00
Placebo alt. Russia
Gate Cinema, 87 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JZ
On English with Russian subtitles.
Running time: 1h 07min
12+
Year:
2016
Country:
UK
Director:
Charlie Targett-Adams
From Krasnoyarsk in Siberia to St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea, Placebo: Alt.Russia takes you on the band's journey through Russia, meeting great characters on the way, investigating the alternative culture in Russia, and taking in the raw emotions of Placebo's powerful concerts. As the tour travelled through the country the band went out and met various artists, architects, animators and musicians, finding out about the alternative creative culture and celebrating all they have to offer.
Saturday, 25 November 2017
14:00
Listening to Beethoven: Garri Bardin Animation Films Retrospective
Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London SW7 2DT
Q&A with director Garri Bardin
In Russian with English subtitles.
LISTENING TO BEETHOVEN, 2016
Animation / Russia / 10 min
As a truly ambitious director of the present day, Garry Bardin possesses the ability to create handmade “symphonies of hope” out of thin air — quite literally. “Listening to Beethoven” is direct evidence of that. The main happiness in life is freedom. The film is the story of its suppression. But all efforts are in vain, and in the end freedom triumphs.

ADAGIO, 2000
Animation / Russia / 10 min
An animation film made using paper origami figures. A parable telling us that no man is a prophet in his own land. The humankind is blind: it is capable of rejecting a messiah, and only after his death – to follow his covenants, and then to make the same mistakes again and again… Gold Award of the New York Expo of Short Films, Grand Prix of the festival “Window to Europe” in Vyborg, Grand Prix of the festival “Stalker,” Nika Award, etc.

THREE MELODIES, 2013
Animation / Russia / 18 min
Three melodies are three stories. The first melody is a story about young lovers obsessed with their feelings, which comes with Massenet’s “Elegy.” The second story represents Louis Armstrong’s great song “Let My People Go.” The third story is a philosophical parable about life, combined with the “Introduction” and “Rondo capriccioso” of Saint- Saëns.

CONFLICT, 1983
Animation / Russia / 8 min
An allegorical anti-war story about matches that weren’t able to share a box. The quarrel between the matches with blue heads and the ones with green heads flared up because of nonsense – because of the colour, and ended, on the scale of matches, with geopolitics and a nuclear war. The film was very popular, although Bardin had several problems: at the beginning of 1980s, the USSR State Cinema Committee considered this symbolic film too pacifist. Bardin saw the plot of the film in a dream.
Sunday, 26 November 2017
15:00
Blockbuster
Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and
Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7DH
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 40min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Roman Volobuev
Screenplay:
Roman Volobuev
Producers:
Murad Osmann, Ilya Stewart
Cast:
Svetlana Ustinova, Anna Chipovskaya, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Mikhail Efremov, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Alexandr Ilin
A wannabe model from a small Russian town robs a local bank to fund her modeling career and takes hostage an accidental witness of the crime, Lisa, who herself has recently experienced a mental breakdown and ran away from her daily life..

Closing night

Sunday, 26 November 2017
18:00
18:00 Red carpet arrivals and film costumes exhibition
18:30 British film premiere +Q&A with director Alexey Uchitel and lead actors
Mathilde
BFI Southbank, NFT1, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Q&As with director Alexey Uchitel and leading actors
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 55 min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Alexey Uchitel
Screenplay:
Alexander Terehov
Producer:
Alexey Uchitel
Cast:
Alexander Alexandrov. With Lars Eidinger, Michalina Olszanska, Danila Kozlovsky
The last Emperor of Russia has an affair with the prima ballerina Mathilde Kshesinskaya. The passion that could change the fate of the Russian Empire. The love that has become a legend. Everyone’s life can be turned upside down forever in just a few days. One has to make a choice. The coronation at the Cathedral of the Dormition, the lavish Kremlin interiors, the Khodynka Field stampede, the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi theatre performances - this is where the heart of the eternal Russia beats.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
18:15
Special screening
Hostages
Barbican Cinema, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8D
Q&A with film director Rezo Gigineishvili
In collaboration with The New Social and Eastern Seasons
In Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 1h 43min
15+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia, Georgia
Director:
Rezo Gigineishvili
Screenplay:
Lasha Bugadze, Rezo Gigineishvili
Producers:
Mikhail Finogenov, Tamara Tatishvili, Vladimir Kacharava
Cast:
Irakli Kvirikadze, Tinatin Dalakishvili, Giga Datiashvili, Giorgi Grdzelidze, Giorgi Tabidze, Vakho Chachanidze, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Beka Lemonjava, Merab Ninidze, Kato Kalatozishvili, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, Mariya Shalayeva
Movie describes real events that took place in 1983 when seven young Georgians, all from intellectual elite families, attempted to flee the Soviet Union by hijacking an airliner. The crisis ended with a storming of the plane by Soviet special forces that resulted in eight dead. The surviving hijackers were subsequently tried and executed.