The Russian Film Week Programme

Dates

VIP
Sunday, 19 November 2017
17:30 (red carpet 16.30)
Attraction / Притяжение
Science Museum IMAX, Exhibition Road, South Kensington,London,
SW7 2 DD
Q&A with director Fedor Bondarchuk, producers 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
12:00 – 18:00
Film Poster Exhibition: To See Each Other / Навстречу друг другу
20 November  – 24 November 2017
Russian Culture House, 37 Kensington High St, London W8 5ED

Filip Perkon, the Russian Film Week General Producer is inviting fans of film, art and culture to the preview of his unique collection: posters of Russian films, screened in the UK over the last several decades and vintage Soviet posters of British and American feature films.
Russia and the West have a long history together, which included the Cold War, but also periods of warmer ties. The confrontation has been on the level of ideologies and official relations, but among ordinary people there has always been mutual interest and desire to understand each other.
Monday, 20 November 2017
18:00
24 Snow / 24 снега
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
18:30
Music in Film
Venue: Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
A tribute to the renowned Soviet film director
Mikhail Kalik (1927-2017) and a talk about his films with music by
the internationally acclaimed composer Mikael Tariverdiev
Year:
2017
Mikhail Kalik is a great lost name of the 60’s Soviet cinema, his films were banned, shelved, almost forgotten. RFW will show two short documentaries about Kalik and Tariverdiev respectively and the stylish film To Love (1968).
Presented by London composer and The Real Tuesday Weld frontman Stephen Coates and film scholar and the Golden Unicorn Awards Jury member Olga Sherwood.
Monday, 20 November 2017
20:30
All will end soon / Скоро всё кончится
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
15:00
RFW Short Film Programme / Competition entries
Waterstones Piccadilly, LG, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LE
Q&As with the short films directors and producers followed by a short discussion:
Young Filmmakers – How to Find Your Own Voice In the World of Film?
All films in Russian with English subtitles
MERRY-GO-ROUND, 2017
Comedy / Russia / 13 min
Director and scriptwriter:
Ruslan Bratov
Producer:
Grigory Dobrygin
Cast:
Evgeny Sytiy, Alexey Vertkov, Pavel Vorozhtsov, Sergey Abroskin
The restaurant is closing, and Oleg Maratovich wants to go on celebrating. Taking along three of his employees, who are no longer able to resist, he sets off in search of an adventure. The story then has a completely unexpected twist.

MILK, 2017
Russia, Lithuania / 15 min
Director and scriptwriter:
Daria Vlasova
Producer:
Yanna Buryak
Cast:
Vitaly Khodin, Yaroslava Bazaeva, Maria Bolonkina, Gleb Orlov, Moorka
High up on the 14th floor of a tower block, a seemingly perfect family live in their spotless, shiny apartment. One fine morning, they find themselves faced with a bizarre dilemma: what should one do with a cow in the kitchen? It doesn't take long for the house-trained colossus to win the hearts of everyone in the family. Only Grandpa still has some serious doubts.

THE FIRST, 2017
Drama / Russia / 23 min 30 sec
Director:
Lado Kvatania
Scriptwriter:
Andrey Koroteev
Producer:
Ekaterina Kononenko
Cast:
Maria Krylova, Vladimir Verevochkin
The USSR in the 1960s. A young woman, Marina, lives in a solitary farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. One morning, while out in the field, she discovers a mysterious metal sphere, and inside it, an unconscious man wearing an orange flight suit and a white helmet...

THE PASSENGER, 2017
Russia / 11 min 16 sec
Director and producer:
Egor Abramenko
Cast:
Artur Smolyaninov
A Russian cosmonaut grapples with post-traumatic stress following his return from orbit. But that's not all he's brought back.

HUH, 2016
Comedy / Russia / 15 min
Director and scriptwriter:
Irina Vilkova
Producer:
Vsevolod Lisovsky
Cast:
Danyil Vorobyov, Alexey Ilyin, Irina Vilkova
It is a story about the fickleness of relationships between adult children, about the eternal search for love and the inability to see it when it comes.

PERCENT / Проценты, 2017
Drama, thriller / Russia / 18 min 11 sec
Director:
Vladimir Kudryashov
Scriptwriter:
Ernesto Suarez
Producers:
Maxim Dobromyslov, Vladimir Kudryashov, Kirill Cheremhin
Cast:
Roman Madyanov, Boris Tokarev, Maria Fortunatova
Vladimir offers money to Nicholas, as Nicholas’ firm is on the verge of bankruptcy. Nicholas at first doesn’t recognize the man, but Vladimir tells Nicholas that he had arranged the bankruptcy of the Nicolas' company and messed up his life some 30 years ago...

THE LAW OF THE EXCLUDED THIRD OR NO THIRD IS GIVEN, 2016
Comedy / Russia / 24min 20 sec
Director, screenwriter and producer:
Alexandra Sokolovskaya
Cast:
Yulia Aug, Nikolay Kovbas, Maria Ivashchenko
A literary magazine editor cheats on his young lover with his own wife, a university maths professor. He still feels the need in their intellectually rich and open discussions. But the real challenge is deeper, than the usual crisis of the middle age and sexual dissatisfaction. The small family is broken apart along the same lines as the society in general: politics.

AKADO, 2017
Comedy, horror / Russia / 7 min
Director and scriptwriter:
Kim Belov
Producer:
Max Volovik
Cast:
Evgeny Tsyganov, Pavel Tabakov, Elena Nikolaeva
A cable guy comes to a customer's apartment and meets his fate.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
18:00
Thawed Carp / Карп отмороженный
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
18:30
Lake Vostok. At the Mountains of Madness / Озеро Восток. Хребет безумия
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
RFW Documentary Programme
Q&A with film director Ekaterina Eremenko
In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 90 min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Ekaterina Eremenko
In 1974, scientists made the sensational discovery of Lake Vostok. A vast lake underneath the icy desert of Antarctica, untouched for 400.000 years. In 2012, after 40 years of drilling, a Russian scientist broke through the ice. This film explores the mythologies and legends surrounding Antarctica, from H.P. Lovecraft to James Cameron’s 'At the Mountains of Madness', which have lured many into their realm - many not left unscathered. As part of the RFW FemFest.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
18:30
Russia is Beautiful, Son / Россия прекрасна, сын
Russian Culture House, 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5EDU
Q&A with film producer Alexander Kravtcov
Running time: 60 min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Aleksander Stolyarov, Sergey Dogorov
The main character of the documentary «Russia is beautiful, son» is a 7-year old boy Gosha Kravtsov. He travels together with his father and a group of friends as the Live Fair ‘Expedition’ from Moscow to Ruyan-City in Siberia. While the world is swamped in bad news, a team of volunteers with led by his father decide to do something to raise hope for a brighter future. Together they look out for those who are not willing to give up in the difficult times, and Gosha is discovering the true Russia.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
19:00
Bolshoi / Большой
Main Lecture Hall, Old Divinity School, St. John’s College. St Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP
Q&A with director Valery Todorovsky and actress 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.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
20:30
Guardians / Защитники
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.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
20:30
Loveless / Нелюбовь
Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY
Q&A with director Andrey Zvyagintsev
In Russian with English subtitles
Supported by Cultural Solidarity Media
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.
Sold out
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

19:30 - 20:00: Arrival Reception
20:00 - 22:00: Screening of Like a Butterfly
22:00 - 22:30: Q&A with Producer and Lead Actress Alena Babenko
VIP Screening: Like a Butterfly / Мотылек
Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
In Russian with English subtitles
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Producer and Lead Actress:
Alena Babenko
Lera, a seductive Russian woman in her mid-thirties, is an ex-hooker who runs a brothel. She knows that she is terminally ill. The closest human beings to her are her lover, a professional gambler wanted by the mafia, and an elderly physician, who does not conceal that her days are numbered. Lera runs by chance into a six year old girl carelessly left behind by her parents. The child brings some light into her somber life full of trouble, danger and worry. The Golden Unicorn Awards and the Russian Film Week team are excited to bring you a private viewing of this wonderful road movie with elements of comedy and drama that brings together prominent figures in Russian cinematography: Alena Babenko, Ivan Okhlobystin and film director Konstantin Khudiakov. Russia, 2017. This exclusive screening (47 people) will take place at the Bulgari Hotel, where guests will be welcomed with a reception before proceeding to the comfortable screening room.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
14:00 – 16:00
RFW FemFest
RFW FemFest is a networking event for women in the film industry.
Short film screening and presentation on the making of a documentary about women in the Russian Revolution and Soviet history: Tractor Drivers and Tiger Tamers, Politicians and Cosmonauts (32 min),director and screenwriter Dolya Gavanski, UK, 2017.
Panel discussion on the subject: Women in Film – Gender equality and diversity do not come by themselves. Guests include film directors, producers, actresses and successful women from both Russia and the UK, who will present their films and projects.
Panelists: Anna MacDonald (London Film Academy, founder) Anna Dudina (BFI) Ekaterina Kononenko (The First, producer) Alyona Babenko (Like a Butyerfly, producer) Nigina Sayfullaeva (About Love 2, director) Lidia Sheinin (Harmony, director) Katrin Rothe (1917: The Real October, writer, director)
Screenings at different London venues as part of the RFW FemFest
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
15:00 – 17:00
Workshop by film director and writer Andrey Zvyagintsev:
discussion, questions and answers
Masterclass by film director and writer Andrey Zvyagintsev:
The secrets of directing (based on the film Elena)
Zvyagintsev’s name is quite well known in Britain, first for his 2003 film The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Following The Return, Zvyagintsev directed The Banishment and Elena. His film Leviathan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014. His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The Film Loveless is screened by RFW.
Masterclass supported by Cultural Solidarity Media
Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
18:00
Guppy / Гупёшка
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
18:30
Harmony / Гармония
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
RFW Documentary Double Bill: Harmony+Teriberka. As part of RFW FemFest*
Q&A with film director, writer and producer Lidia Sheinin
In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 59 min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director, writer, producer:
Lidia Sheinin
Age and fragile health force an old Russian lady to share her apartment with her niece and four children. Her former world of calmness surrounding fine, family keepsakes and beloved piano, are brought into danger under the impetus of her young family’s wild energy.
Her two worlds forced into cohabitation could not be further apart: the remains of an affluent class versus the “proletariat” as much in the literal sense as in the figurative one.
*RFW FemFest is a a special RFW event across several London venues incorporating ffilms, prsentations, talks by female film directors, producers, other specialists, discussing issues such as equal opportunities, encouraging creative projects, equal pay, etc.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
18:30
Teriberka / Териберка
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
RFW Documentary Double Bill: Harmony+Teriberka. As part of RFW FemFest* In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 42 min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Director:
Yulia Varentsova
Teriberka - a small village on the shores of the Barents Sea has become famous thanks to Leviathan, a film by Andrei Zvyagintsev, as a symbol of Russian backwoods and hopelessness. Boris Akimov, an entrepreneur, has e decided to take advantage of Teriberka most important potential - the current fame and breathe life into this village. His plan was to open seafood growing farms, cafes, hotels, a festival of contemporary art. Will he succeed? As part of the RFW FemFest. The winner of RFW partner festival Bridge of Arts competition: Russia Inspires.
*RFW FemFest is a a special RFW event across several London venues incorporating ffilms, prsentations, talks by female film directors, producers, other specialists, discussing issues such as equal opportunities, encouraging creative projects, equal pay, etc.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
19:00
Tigers and Humans / Тигры и люди
Main Lecture Hall, Old Divinity School, St. John’s College. St Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP
RFW Documentary Programme Double Bill: Tigers and Humans+The Heart of the World: Baikal 3D.
As part of the RFW Ecology Day
In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 52 min
12+
Year:
2016
Country:
Russia
Director:
Sergey Yastrzhembskiy
Only around 500 endangered Amur tigers remain in the wild. According to statistics, poachers kill an average of 20 striped predators every year. The main danger for these tigers comes from Russia’s eastern neighbour - China. Although the state and public organizations of Russia and China have been fighting a war against poaching for years, what outcomes did their efforts bring? The filmmaker of Tigers and Humans went to Russia’s the Far East, China and the South-Eastern countries to conduct his own investigation.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
20:30
Spacewalker / Время первых
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 / Турецкое седло
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
12:00 – 18:00
RFW: Industry Day
Russian Culture House, 37 Kensington High St, London W8 5ED

This is a networking event for the film industry professionals. RFW brings over film directors, producers and actors to represent each of the 45 films screened during the festival. They arrive to meet with their counterparts in Britain, pitch their ideas or take part in casting sessions. To facilitate this mutually beneficial cooperation RFW is inviting producers, distributors, casting agents, screenwriting experts, investors, lawyers and other professionals specializing in the filmmaking business from Britain and other countries of the world. On the day we will be holding several sessions with the experts in each field listed below and you will also have an opportunity to meet your prospective partners, consultants, make personal contacts:
1. Filming opportunities in Russia and in the UK
2. Independent films distribution
3. Film financing (Private, Government, Tax Rebate)
There will be also separate sessions for Casting and Pitching.
Refreshments will be offered.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
18:00
Closeness / Теснота
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
18:00
Kharms / Хармс
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
18:30
The Train from Zurich to the Revolution / Поезд Цюрих - Революция
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
RFW Double Bill: 1917 The Real October+The Train from Zurich to the Revolution. As part of the
RFW Revolution Centenary Day
In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 27 min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
UK, Russia
Producer:
Anastasia Uspenskaya
Narration:
Mikhail Yefremov
BBC Russia follows Lenin’s train journey from Zurich to the Revolution.
Most Russians are familiar with the reference to the “sealed railway carriage” in which Lenin travelled via Germany to Petrograd where, at the railway station, he climbed an armoured car to rally people to seize power.  However arguments continue to this day about that eight-day journey which changed the course of the world history.  Was Lenin’s carriage “sealed”?  How did the Bolsheviks use Germany - and how did Germany use them?  Was Lenin a “German spy” as his detractors labelled him at the time? The film seeks the answers to these questions, using archive materials and featuring historians. Short Q&A and talk: “Why is the Revolution Centenary mostly ignored in Russia and by Russian filmmakers?”
Thursday, 23 November 2017
18:30
1917. The Real October / 1917
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
Q&A with Katrin Rothe
Running time: 90 min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Germany, Switzerland
Writer, director, producer:
Katrin Rothe
St. Petersburg 1917. The frontline of the global war is coming closer every day; people are hungry, worried, angry. In February the tsar is overthrown. Many artists are euphoric: Revolution! Freedom! Freedom, finally? No. Starting in October, the Bolsheviks rule by themselves. What were poets, thinkers, and avant-gardists like Maxim Gorky and Kazimir Malevich doing during this drasticchange of power? In the film, five of them alight from the director’s piles of books as animated cut-out figures with their own recorded words. As part of the RFW FemFest.
RFW Documentary Double Bill: 1917 The Real October+The Train from Zurich to the Revolution. As part of RFW Revolution Centenary Day
In English
Thursday, 23 November 2017
19:00
Guppy / Гупёшка
Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Q&A with director Vlad Furman, actress Nelya Popova and palywright Vassiliy Sigarev
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...
Thursday, 23 November 2017
20:30
Polina / Полина
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
20:30
Pagans / Язычники
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
21:00
Arrhythmia / Аритмия
Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and
Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7DH
Q&A with 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
12:00 – 18:00
RFW Ecology Day Exhibition
Russian Culture House (Rossotrudnichestvo), 37 Kensington High St, London W8 5ED (free admission)
24 November  – 1 December 2017 from 12:00 to 18:00
Private view 24 November 17:00 to 18:00
Every year the Russian Film Week team supports a charity, and this year, to mark the Year of Ecology in Russia, the choice fell on the WWF project to protect Amur tigers in Russia. RFW in partnership with Synergy University (Russia) is holding several events; a film competition “Ecology: the future of our planet is in the hands of the young”, a VR show and a photo exhibition.
Through showing photos of endangered tigers at the exhibition, Russian Film Week is hoping to raise people’s environmental awareness as well as funds in order to support WWF’s work to protect Amur tigers. 
The exhibition will include photos by photographers Antonio Olmos, Hartmut Jungius and Kevin Schafer provided by WWF, works by the award-winning photographer Vladimir Medvedev, showing the breathtaking beauty of Russia’s nature, provided by Synergy and photos of Wild Animals, provided by National Geographic Russia.
Admission FREE
Friday, 24 November 2017
12:00 – 20:00
Exhibition. Boris Grebenshikov paintings - The Way of the Moon
24 November  – 7 December 2017
The artist Boris Grebenshikov - the Russian Rock legend and the​ ​young generation idol of ​the Perestroika and Glastnost​ era​.​ ​His talent is so big that in order to manifest itself it requires several art forms: music, poetry and fine art. There are about 20 canvases on display, from early works of the late 70​s​ to the ​most ​recent ones.​ ​
The Exhibitionist Hotel, 8-10 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EA
Free admission
Friday, 24 November 2017
15:00
About Love-2 (Adults Only) / Про любовь. Только для взрослых
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
Q&A with director Nigina Sayfullaeva and actress Anna Mikhalkova
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
15:00
RFW Short Film Programme
Non-competition and RFW-Synergy Ecofilm Competition entries
Waterstones Piccadilly, LG, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LE
Q&As with the short films directors and producers
All films in Russian with English subtitles
KARAVAI, KARAVAI, 2017
Drama / Russia, UK / 18 min
Director:
Alisa Tritenko
Producer:
Anastasiya Raykova
Cast:
Dmitriy Kubasov, Anna Kotova Deryabina, Maria Rasskazova
Igor’s big Russian wedding with Alla is supposed to be the best day of his life, but actually it is the opposite. He cannot understand: is he feeling so sick because he realises that he is making a mistake or because Alla, in fact, has cast a spell on him to lure into marriage?

DASHA, THE FOOL, 2017
Melodrama / Russia, UK / 15 min
Director:
Anna Shepeleva
Scriptwriter:
Andrey Migachev
Cast:
Anna Shepeleva, Aleksandr Stefantsov, Olga Tumaikina
Dasha is happily married and fool enough not to see the ugly truth around her.

STEPS, 2017
Drama / Russia / 15 min
Director:
Ilya Sherstobitov
Cast:
Natalia Tetenova, Yulia Khamitova, Alexei Meshchansky
The three main characters have dreams: the elder sister Rita dreams of seeing the sea, her brother Max dreams of a girl named Natasha. And Natalia dreams of leaving the city they live in. This is a film about love and life’s priorities.

Blind Vision / Слепое зрение, 2017
Russia / 12 min
Director:
Anastasia Zhura
Cast:
Maxim Volzhin, Sergey Khrustalyov, Elena Odintsova, Kseniya Entelis
We can return vision to a blind man. But can we teach him to see? An eight-year-old boy participates in a special experiment. After surgery he will see the world for the first time...

3 Best Student Short Ecofilm Golden Unicorns-Synergy Award Nominated Films

The Trap / Капкан, 2016
Russia / 11 min
Director:
Kustova Olesya
The girl, lost in the forest, faces with the bear escaped from the circus. They had a chance to make friends in spite of the wild beast which lives inside every animal, even trained one, and which is ready to break free any time. However, their friendship will suffer a sad fate, again with human intervention.

The Mushers / Каюры, 2016
Russia / 22 min
Director:
Arbugaev Maxim
The riding sport is not only a competition on the speed and endurance. This ability to be dissolved in harmony with live, is sport where the sensitive attitude towards each member of the team leads to the victory. Races on dogsleds are intended to show in the person what is so promptly lost today – sharp, direct link with wildlife.

Change Your World / Измени свой мир, 2017
Russia / 16 min
Director:
Bobkova Julia
Famous Italian street art artists came to the Ural Satka within the Other Space festival. Their purpose not only to add paints to the city of the plants but also to remind people of love of mankind to the planet Earth by means of pictures on usual houses.
Friday, 24 November 2017
15:00 – 17:00
RFW: Ecology Day
Panel Discussion: Sacha Mirzoeff and Sergei Miroshnichenko
Russian Culture House, 37 Kensington High Street W8 5ED
RFW in partnership with Synergy University (Russia) is holding several events; a film competition “Ecology: the future of our planet is in the hands of the young”, a VR show, a panel discussion and workshop by documentary film directors and a photo exhibition, a film screening.
In 2017, The Year of Ecology in Russia ​ RFW in partnership with Synergy University is holding several events; a ​student short ​film competition “Ecology: the future of our planet is in the hands of the young”, a VR show, a panel discussion and workshop by documentary film directors, a photo exhibition, a film screening. Different venues in London.
Sacha Mirzoeff and Sergei Miroshnichenko double masterclass and panel discussion: Our Planet – Our Responsibility
Russian Film Week welcomes you to a panel discussion by filmmakers Sergei Miroshnichenko (Russia) and Sacha Mirzoeff (Great Britain) on making documentaries on the theme of ecology relevant and captivating for the general public.
Panellists:
Sergei Miroshnichenko Honorary Artist of the Russian Federation, Emmy laureate, Nika, TEFI, Golden Eagle winner. Will talk on the secrets of making a good documentary (in Russian with English translation). With excerpts from his films.
Sacha Mizoeff Award-winning director and Executive Producer at the BBC Documentaries, over 20 international awards, BAFTAs nominee. Will talk on how to make documentaries on the theme of ecology interesting and relevant to the general audience. With the competition films excerpts.
Both panellists are members of the RFW-Synergy University Student EcoFilm Competition Jury.
There will be a screening of the winning entries of the RFW-Synergy University Student EcoFilm Competition. (www.synergy.film)
Friday, 24 November 2017
18:00
Dreamfish / Рыба-мечта
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
18:30
The Heart of the World: Baikal 3D
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
RFW Documentary Programme Double Bill: Tigers and Humans
+The Heart of the World: Baikal 3D. As part of the RFW Ecology Day
In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 29 min
12+
Expected film release:
2019
Country:
Russia, France, USA, Israel, Bolivia
Director:
Anastasia Popova
Producer:
Igor Dobrovolsky
The largest freshwater reservoir on Earth – Lake Baikal – as never seen before! This gorgeously shot documentary showcases the splendor of the lake, its crystal depths and the surrounding fauna. Yet, a sobering look at the looming water crisis, revealing possible solutions to an international issue. A film about filming a film – presented by the producer Igor Dobrovolsky
Friday, 24 November 2017
18:30
Tigers and Humans / Тигры и люди
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
RFW Documentary Programme Double Bill: Tigers and Humans+The Heart of the World: Baikal 3D.
As part of the RFW Ecology Day
In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 52 min
12+
Year:
2016
Country:
Russia
Director:
Sergey Yastrzhembskiy
Only around 500 endangered Amur tigers remain in the wild. According to statistics, poachers kill an average of 20 striped predators every year. The main danger for these tigers comes from Russia’s eastern neighbour - China. Although the state and public organizations of Russia and China have been fighting a war against poaching for years, what outcomes did their efforts bring? The filmmaker of Tigers and Humans went to Russia’s the Far East, China and the South-Eastern countries to conduct his own investigation.
Friday, 24 November 2017
20:30
Nearest and Dearest / Близкие
Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
Q&A with director Kseniya Zueva and producer 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
Spacewalker / Время первых
Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ
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.
Friday, 24 November 2017
20:30
Bolshoi / Большой
BFI Southbank, NFT4, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Q&A with director Valery Todorovsky and actress 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
Placebo alt. Russia
Gate Cinema, 87 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JZ
In 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
Have fun, Vasya! / Гуляй, Вася!
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
Listening to Beethoven: Garri Bardin Animation Films Retrospective / Слушая Бетховена: ретроспектива анимационных фильмов Гарри Бардина
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.
Saturday, 25 November 2017
15:00
Masterclass by film director, writer, producer Valery Todorovsky:
Why are TV series more popular today than feature films?
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Todorovsky made a name for himself with the crime melodrama set in Moscow The Country of the Deaf. The film was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival. His 2008 musical film Hipsters won the Golden Eagle Award and Nika Award for Best Film. Of his earlier films, The Hearse won the Grand Prix at Mannheim (1990) and Love received Ecumenical Prize at Cannes (1992). His film Bolshoi is screened at the RFW-17 on 24th November.
Saturday, 25 November 2017
18:30
The Last Waltz / Последний вальс
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
RFW Documentary Programme
In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 80 min
12+
Year:
2017
Country:
Russia
Story by:
Oleg Karavaichuk
Script and Director:
Julia Bobkova
This film is about Oleg Karavaichuk, eccentric musical genius and famous St. Petersburg composer, who takes his final stroll through Komarovo, a bay-side summer community just outside St. Petersburg where he spent his whole life and wrote most of his works. His final piece, “The Komarovo Waltz”, unveiled in this film for the very first time, was written as a tribute to the place. The film is Karavoichuk’s farewell and last address to his audience. As part of the RFW FemFest.
Saturday, 25 November 2017
19:00
Short films selection / Программа короткометражных фильмов
Main Lecture Hall, Trinity Hall College Trinity Lane Cambridge CB2 1TJ
In Russian with English subtitles
Akado / Акадо, Dasha the Fool /Даша дура, The First / Первый, Steps / Шаги, Merry-go-round / Лалай-Баллалай
Sunday, 26 November 2017
14:00
Petr and Fevronia / Сказ о Петре и Февронии
+ Q&A with producer
Russian Culture House, 37 Kensington High St , Kensington , W8 5ED London
In Russian with English subtitles
Running time: 1h 25min
Country:
Russia
Director:
Yuriy Kulakov, Yuriy Ryazanov
Producer:
Yuriy Ryazanov
Performers of songs:
Valeria, Ensemble of Don Cossacks them. A. Kvasova, R. Gazmanov
Medieval Russia. A villain seizes power in the Murom principality. Only one brave warrior, Prince Petr, goes to battle with the villain and defeats him. But the poisonous blood of the sorcerer threatens Petr's life. Fevronia, who is a healer, uses her gift and saves Petr. A true feeling starts to grow between the young people, which they preserve, despite many obstacles.
Sunday, 26 November 2017
15:00
Blockbuster / Блокбастер
Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and
Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7DH
Q&A with producer Ilya Stewart and actress Mariya Shalaeva
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, Mariya Shalaeva
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
17:00
Mathilde / Матильда
BFI Southbank, NFT1, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Q&As with director Alexey Uchitel and leading actors
In Russian with English subtitles
17:00 Red carpet arrivals and film costumes exhibition
18:00 British film premiere +Q&A with director Alexey Uchitel and lead actors
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.
Sold out
Sunday, 26 November 2017
18:00
Pagans / Язычники
Main Lecture Hall, Trinity Hall College Trinity Lane Cambridge CB2 1TJ
In Russian with English subtitles
Closing of the Russiam Film festival
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.

Closing night

Sunday, 26 November 2017
20:30
Mathilde / Матильда
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.
Sold out
Sunday, 26 November 2017
20:30 – 23:30
Closing Party
BFI Southbank, NFT1, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
DJ set by female duo «Broken Hearts»

Closing Premiere After Party at BFI Southbank with Mathilda Director Alexey Uchitel, cast, our patrons and friends (NOTE: this is not a ticket to the screening, only to the after party).
The Closing Party will include champagne, drinks and canapes for all attendees after the 1 st screening, 8.30 pm until 11.30 pm The Broken Hearts are well-known for their distinctive brand of spectacular DJing. They have played all around the world from hotel launches and fashion parties in London, Hong Kong, Paris, Moscow and New York to Glastonbury festival, and for clients such as Selfridges, Tate, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.Playing a wide range of music from rock’ n’ roll to dancehall, their eclectic sets have been described by The Independent as «a Hollywood musical on hallucinogenics». The party will be accompanied by a Mathilde costume exhibition.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
18:15
Special screening
Hostages / Заложники
Barbican Cinema, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8D
Q&A with film director Rezo Gigineishvili
In collaboration with The New Social and Eastern Seasons
In Georgian and Russian with English and Russian 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.
Sold out