The Russian Film Festival is returning to London on the 2nd November for its 6th year! The festival will present the UK premieres of the most illustrious Russian films of the past year – works by established film directors as well the new generation of Russian filmmakers.
From poetic parables to poignant documentaries and perceptive drama, this selection of films reflects the diversity and paradoxes of contemporary Russia. It is a window to the real Russia of today – films such as Kokoko, Rita’s Last Tale, Chapiteau-Show and others will surprise British audiences with the originality of modern Russia and its cinematography.
All films will be shown in Russian with English subtitles. Films will be presented by their world-renowned directors, actors, and producers, who will be joining us for Q&As, discussions, and masterclasses. In addition to the feature programme selected by Andrei Plakhov, documentaries chosen by Vitaly Mansky, and two animation screenings, there will be a retrospective of the great Andrei Konchalovsky.
The festival is organised by Academia Rossica and the Russian Cinema Fund in collaboration with the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly and the Institute of Contemporary Art. For the first time, the festival will encompass venues outside of London in partnership with the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.
Check out the animated shorts programme (screening 11 November across London): FULL INFO HERE
PISHTO GOES AWAY / ПИШТО УЕЗЖАЕТ Dir. Sofia Kendel
Once upon a time in autumn, Pishto got so fed up that he decided to leave forever.
SNOWY RIDER / ЗАСНЕЖЕННЫЙ ВСАДНИК Dir. Alexei Turkus
The cartoon is about one boy’s love towards his father, shown through childhood fantasies and real events
UMBA-UMBA / УМБА-УМБА Dir. Konstantin Brilliantov
The story is about miners whose lives are like the light bulbs on their helmets: they may glow brightly one moment and then abruptly go out the next.
OUT OF PLAY / ВНЕ ИГРЫ Dir. Ivan Maximov
A film about the relationship between the three orphan toys in a closed space of the attic…
WHERE DOGS DIE / ГДЕ УМИРАЮТ СОБАКИ Dir. Svetlana Filippova
A man grows up and leaves his home. All his life he tries to go back… to his past. But he can’t change what happens – his mother gets old, his house collapses and his dog dies. It happens to everybody. Everything turns into memory, a dream or a film.
SWEETHEART / СИЗЫЙ ГОЛУБОЧЕК Dir. Ekaterina Sokolova
This story is about a man who, year by year, passes the same house by train. He follows the lives of those who live there and how it changes year after year. He feels close to them and seems like there is something he can’t decide for himself.
CHINTI / ЧИНТИ Dir. Natalia Mirzoyan
This story is about one small ant’s big dream.
MY STRANGE GRANDDAD / МОЙ СТРАННЫЙ ДЕДУШКА Dir. Dina Velikovskaya
Creative people often seem ridiculous, absurd and a bit crazy. Even their relatives often don’t understand them and feel ashamed of them. But sometimes they can create a true miracle out of a pile of rubbish.
Another highlight of the festival will be the second Russian-British Co-Production and Distribution Forum, organized in collaboration with the British Film Institute and the Russian Cinema Fund.
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