RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Russian Film festival - InvitationLocation: Russian Centre of Science & Culture
Date: 23rd to 25th May 2016

Movies to be screened

1.Dubrovsky /2014 / Dir.: Kirill Mikhanovsky/130 min (23rd May 2016, 6.30PM)
A modern take on the classic novel by Alexander Poushkine. Vladimir is a successful banker and a regular at trendy night clubs. Masha is a diligent graduate of a British college and a loving daughter. It looks like they have bright future ahead. However, an unexpected quarrel between two eccentric fathers forces their offspring to live through the conflict of Pushkin's novel.
A modern take on the classic novel by Alexander Poushkine. Vladimir is a successful banker and a regular at trendy night clubs. Masha is a diligent graduate of a British college and a loving daughter. It looks like they have bright future ahead. However, an unexpected quarrel between two eccentric fathers forces their offspring to live through the conflict of Pushkin’s novel.
2. 22 minutes /2013 / Dir.: Vasily Serikov / 120 min (24th May 2016, 6.30PM)
This large-scale new action thriller from the creators of the Shadow Boxing trilogy portrays the heroic liberation of a Russian tanker seized by Somali pirates. New marine recruit Alex Ezhov finds himself on a tanker hijacked by a gang of pirates. He must survive to help his friends, despite the terrible circumstances. The film is based on real events that took place on May 5th, when a team of marines from the Russian naval destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov freed the Russian tanker Moscow University in the Gulf of Aden from pirates, who had threatened to blow up the ship. The team of blue berets only had minutes to complete the operation with no margin for error.
This large-scale new action thriller from the creators of the Shadow Boxing trilogy portrays the heroic liberation of a Russian tanker seized by Somali pirates. New marine recruit Alex Ezhov finds himself on a tanker hijacked by a gang of pirates. He must survive to help his friends, despite the terrible circumstances. The film is based on real events that took place on May 5th, when a team of marines from the Russian naval destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov freed the Russian tanker Moscow University in the Gulf of Aden from pirates, who had threatened to blow up the ship.
The team of blue berets only had minutes to complete the operation with no margin for error.
3. The Kitchen in Paris /2014/Dir.:Dmitry Dyachenko /103min (25th May 2015, 4.30PM)
A culinary romantic comedy. The fashionable ‘Claude Monet’ restaurant is thriving. Vika and Maxim are planning on celebrating their belated wedding, but their plans are suddenly changed when the restaurant is selected to host high level talks between the Presidents of Russia and France. But after an unfortunate organisational failure, the owner and restaurant staff are forced into ‘exile’… in Paris. The move brings new flavours, new challenges and new competition – not just in haute cuisine, but also in love. There is a need to save the restaurant’s reputation, feed the Presidents and overcome numerous obstacles. Bon appétit!
A culinary romantic comedy. The fashionable ‘Claude Monet’ restaurant is thriving. Vika and Maxim are planning on celebrating their belated wedding, but their plans are suddenly changed when the restaurant is selected to host high level talks between the Presidents of Russia and France. But after an unfortunate organisational failure, the owner and restaurant staff are forced into ‘exile’… in Paris. The move brings new flavours, new challenges and new competition – not just in haute cuisine, but also in love. There is a need to save the restaurant’s reputation, feed the Presidents and overcome numerous obstacles. Bon appétit!
4. Short Stories /2012 /Dir.: Mikhail Segal /192 min (25th May 2016, 7.00PM)
At the beginning of Mikhail Segal’s film, an author approaches a publishing house with a selection of stories and is told there is no market for them. However, as various people open the book, they each find themselves drawn into an imaginary reality. The first story tells of a wedding organiser who can fix anything, including the future, while the second traces a course from petty bribery to political duplicity. In the third, the librarian of the Pushkin Library assists the police with her psychic powers ‘just like on television’, while in the fourth, a middle-aged man’s encounters with a sexually voracious young woman are interspersed with a discussion on the history of the Soviet Union. She loves Animal Planet but knows very little about Trotsky. Segal’s elliptical satire is achieved with precision and style – a nice counterbalance to the dark masterpieces of his contemporaries
At the beginning of Mikhail Segal’s film, an author approaches a publishing house with a selection of stories and is told there is no market for them. However, as various people open the book, they each find themselves drawn into an imaginary reality. The first story tells of a wedding organiser who can fix anything, including the future, while the second traces a course from petty bribery to political duplicity. In the third, the librarian of the Pushkin Library assists the police with her psychic powers ‘just like on television’, while in the fourth, a middle-aged man’s encounters with a sexually voracious young woman are interspersed with a discussion on the history of the Soviet Union. She loves Animal Planet but knows very little about Trotsky. Segal’s elliptical satire is achieved with precision and style – a nice counterbalance to the dark masterpieces of his contemporaries

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