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ARK

Director, screenwriter, cameraman, editing - Elena Demidova

Russia, doc, 44 min.

Residents of circumpolar Urengoy travel by train from the permafrost of the North to the sun and the sea. Four and a half thousand kilometres of Russian open spaces, six days of travel. They have plenty of time to clarify any question - from the existence of God to the right of adultery, from the origin of words to the origin of the species...  

Festivals

2007 KINOTEATR.DOC International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia

2008 "Message To Man" International Documentary, Short and Animated Films Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia

2007 Shakens Stars International Film Festival, Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

MY GOOD HANS

Director and scriptwriter - Alexander Mindadze

Exceptionally private, full of emotional experiences story of an engineer Hans F. who arrived with a business trip to USSR on the eve of World War II (autumn of 1940 Р spring of 1941). The plot is based on the real life events of prewar period, on the memories of its direct participants. As a matter of fact the film represents little known blank spot of the European history when soon after the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact had been signed a short period of friendship, close collaboration and exchange of specialists started between USSR and Germany - before these two countries confronted each other in the mortal combat.

Russia, Germany, UK, 124 min.

Production - Passenger film studio (Russia), AI Films (UK), ma.ja.de. (Germany), supported by the Russian Cinema Fund, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Scriptwriter and director - Alexander Mindadze

DOP - Oleg Mutu

Production designer - Kirill Shuvalov

Editor - Dasha Danilova

Producers - Alexander Mindadze, Liza Antonova, Valery Kharkov, Andrei Annenskiy (RUS), Len Blavatnik (UK), Heino Deckert (Germany)

Cast - Jacob Diehl, Birgit Minichmayr, Mark Waschke, Roza Khairulina, Marc Hosemann, Andryus Daryala, Anna Skidanova, Svetlana Kosolapova

Awards

2016 The Youth Choice award from the IFF Mirror

2016 The Nika Award from the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts for best film

2016 The Nika Award from the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts for best screenplay

2016 The White Elephant Award from the Russian Guild of Film Critics for best film

2016 The White Elephant Award from the Russian Guild of Film Critics for best screenplay

2016 The White Elephant Award from the Russian Guild of Film Critics for best director

2016 The White Elephant Award from the Russian Guild of Film Critics for best director of photography (Oleg Mutu)

2016 The White Elephant Award from the Russian Guild of Film Critics for best male role (Jacob Diehl)

2016 The Golden Eagle Award from the National Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Russia for best screenplay

2015 Best narrative feature film, Chicago

2015 Best male role, Chicago (Jacob Diehl)

2015 Best director of photography, Chicago (Oleg Mutu)

Festivals

2015 Moscow IFF (Russia)

2015 Festival of Russian Cinema (Vyborg, Russia)

2015 Yakutsk IFF (Russia)

2015 Pacific Meridian IFF (Russia)

2015 Batumi IFF (Georgia)

2015 Hamburg IFF (Germany)

2015 Sao Paulo IFF (Brazil)

2015 Festival of Russian Cinema in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

2015 Stalker FF (Russia)

2016 Rotterdam IFF (Netherlands)

2016 Festival of Russian Cinema in Helsinki (Finland)

2016 Festival of art house Russian films in Chelyabinsk (Russia)

2016 Vilnius IFF (Lithuania)

2016 Movement festival of debut films (Russia)

2016 Mirror IFF (Russia) 2016 Golden Apricot IFF (Armenia)

2016 On The Edge IFF, Sakhalin (Russia)

2016 Riga IFF (Latvia)

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

MINNESOTA

Scriptwriter - Alexander Mindadze

Director - Andrey Proshkin

Cast - Sergey Gorobchenko, Anton Pampushniy, Anna Ukolova

Production - film companies "TAN-film" and "Passenger Studio" for "Central Partnership"

A story of two brothers from the hockey team in the provincial Russian town. One of them gets a proposal for the contract in the USA but he refuses to go there without his brother. A profound psychological drama is built on the complicated relationship between the brothers who long for getting rid of monotonous provincial life. They are both talented and they feel squashed in the cage of habitual world. But to leave this very cage occurs to be more difficult that they think...

Russia, Drama, 100 min.

Passenger film studio production by request of Central Partnership.

Scriptwriter - Alexander Mindadze

Director - Andrei Proshkin

Director of Photography - Yuri Paradise

Cast - Sergey Gorobchenko Anton Pampushny Anna Ukolova

AWARDS

2009 Best Screenplay Alexander Mindadze, Film Forum ''Amur Autumn'', Russia

2009 Grand Prix at Film Forum ''Amur Fall'', Russia

FESTIVALS

2010 Viva to the Cinematography of Russia! festival, St. Petersburg (Russia)

2009 Sputnik over Poland, Warsaw (Poland)

2009 Kinotavr - Open Russian Film Festival, Sochi (Russia)

2009 Moscow Premiere festival of Russian cinema, Moscow (Russia)

2009 National Prize of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia)

2009 Amur Autumn Film Forum, Blagoveshchensk (Russia)

2009 International Festival of East European film in Cottbus (Germany)

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PROVINCES

Written and directed by Katya Shagalova

Cast: Alexander Golubev, Leonid Bichevin, Elvira Bologova, Yulia Peresild

Production: film companies "TAN-film" and "Passenger Studio"  for "Central Partnership"

Nastya, the star of a popular TV series, comes to a sleepy provincial town. She is disillusioned by life and disappointed in herself; and she looks for a fresh start in her life. The only person for her to turn to is her sister, so she moves in with her. NastiaХs arrival heightens the tension in relationships between friends, secrets are no longer secrets, and mysteries stop being mysteries. The provincial town is swept over with love fever. And then, when it seems that everything can be changed, accidental tragedy turns things back.

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

SOAR

Written and directed by Alexander Mindadze

Cast: Vitaly Kishenko, Maxim Bitukov, Klavdia Korshunova, Alexander Robak

Having lost his wife in a plane crash, a man tries to find out the real reason for the disaster. Forced to sift through all the lies amassing around him, he temporarily foggets about his grief. He finds a flight crew who survived a crash and celebrates his rebirth with them. Suddenly moments of grief turn into a never-before-experienced flash of freedom for him. This illusion becomes a lulling trap in which he can relive the happiest moments of his life. What we can see on the screen is an ordinary life where simple things become rare and unusual, and where grief turns to joy. Daily routine to which he finally comes back after all shade in a contrast way the brightness of the recent events.

AWARDS

2007 Best Screenplay Alexander Mindadze, National Award and Critics Film, Russia

FESTIVALS

2007 Best Newcomer National Prize of Cinema and Film Critics, Russia

2009 International Film Festival, Reykjavik (Iceland)

2008 International Film Festival: TIFF, Cluj Napoca (Romania)

2008 International Film Festival, Haifa (Israel)

2007 Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia)

2007 Kinotavr - Open Russian Film Festival, Sochi (Russia)

2007 National Prize of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia)

2007 International Film Festival, Thessaloniki (Greece)

2007 International Film Festival, Venice (Italy)

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

SAFE

Director Valery Kharkov

After getting divorced, two former spouses are meeting at the bank. According to the divorce settlement, the wife is entitled to part of her husband's cash savings that are stored in a safety deposit box. But suddenly the door to the storage vault slams shut, preventing the couple from settling the money issue and finally parting forever. So the man and woman remain locked in the basement of the bank. Neither the surveillance cameras nor the pair’s attempts to get in touch with anyone outside on a mobile phone turn out to be successful...

Russia, 30 min.

Scriptwriter Andrei Annenskiy

DOP Karen Manasarayn

Production designer Kirill Shuvalov

Cast Eugenia Solyanih, Dajnus Kazlauskas

Producers Alexander Mindadze, Valery Kharkov, Liza Antonova, Andrei Annenski

“Short Film Corner” program at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

SUNSET

Scriptwriter and director – Andrei Annenski

Lyudmila is a successful estate agent in the Russian capital. Her memories of the past gradually show the audience how a single mother from a small provincial town managed not only to survive but also to settle down in prosperous Moscow. Lyudmila’s story is fairly typical. In fact, like in a mirror, it reflects the realities of modern life, which forces us to make difficult choices. Should we betray ourselves for the sake of material comfort? Is it possible to succeed in city life and remain honest? Could the betrayal of one’s own ideals result in the decline of genuine values?

Russia, Romania, 37 min.

Production – Passenger film studio, film companies SAGA, Avto Energy (Russia), Studio Indie Productions SRL (Romania) with the support of BOSCO DI CILIEGI.

Scriptwriter and director – Andrei Annenski

DOP – Tudor Panduru (Romania)

Production designer – Kirill Shuvalov

Editor – Dasha Danilova

Cast – Anastasia Jarkova, Alexander Marin, Oleg Bilik, Georgi Iobadze, Helena Muraviova

Producers – Margarita Lenskih, Maria Antonova, Andrei Savelev, Nikolai Romanuk.  

Awards

2015 Best Director Award from the VGIK IFF

2016 Special Jury Award from Artkino FF

Festivals

2016 European Short Film Festival of Villeurbanne (France)

2016 Amur Autumn festival short film competition (Russia)

2016 Artkino FF, competition (Russia)

2016 Kinotavr FF, short film competition (Russia)

2016 Vilnius IFF, short film competition (Lithuania)

2016 International Festival of Short Films in Clermont Ferrand, the main competition (France)

2016 VGIK IFF (Russia) 2015 – Koroche Festival of Short Films (Russia)

2015 Pacific Meridian IFF (Russia)

2015 Los Angeles CineFest IFF (USA)

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

THE BROTHERS CH

Director - Mikhail Ugarov, Scriptwriter - Elena Gremina

The film is based on the motifs of the play of the same title. The script uses letters of Anton Chekhov and Alexander Chekhov, Alexander and Mikhail Chekhov's memoirs, Pavel Chekhov's diary, and also themes from Anton Chekhov's works "Ivanov", "Uncle Vanya", "The Seagull", "Three Years", "My Life", "A Joke", "The Duel". The film's plot is the story of success, the story of how a man, world famous writer Anton Chekhov, managed to break off with the family and find himself, his vocation. Chekhov is the master of description of unsuccessful families. The family he was born in and where he grew up seems to step down from the pages of his later stories. The family relationship were always painful, although the family members loved each other very much. The film will tell how Anton Chekhov faced his crucial choice - whether to devote himself totally to the family and to burry his outstanding gift as a writer; whether to take the responsibility for his relatives upon himself while he was constantly dreaming to quit all this or to get out of the family troubles and live his own way.

Russia, 106 min.

Scriptwriter – Helena Gremina

Director – Mikhail Ugarov

DOP – Alisher Hamidhodjaev

Production designer – Maria Utrobina

Music – Alexander Manackov

Editor – Boris Mnuhin

Cast – Egor Koreshkov, Artem Grigoriev, Alexander Molochnikov, Alexandra Rebenok, Yana Irteneva

Awards

2015 Best male role (Egor Koreshkov), Male Role FF, Penza (Russia)

2015 Best director of photography (Alisher Hamidhodjaev), Provincial Russia FF (Russia)

2015 Best male role (Egor Koreshkov), Provincial Russia FF (Russia)

2015 Best male role (Egor Koreshkov), Spirit Of Fire IFF (Russia)

2015 Young Jury Award, Festival of Russian art house films, Chelyabinsk (Russia)

2015 Award from the jury of the creative intelligentsia, Festival of Russian art house films, Chelyabinsk (Russia)

2014 Best director (Mikhail Ugarov), East-West IFF, Orenburg (Russia)

2014 Best male role (Artem Grigoriev), East-West IFF, Orenburg (Russia)

2014 Best scriptwriter (Helena Gremina), Amur Autumn FF (Russia)

2014 Best male role (Egor Koreshkov), Amur Autumn FF (Russia)

2014 Audience prize, Mirror IFF (Russia)

2014 Variety award for best director of photography (Alisher Hamidhodjaev), Mirror IFF (Russia)

2014 Special award from Sberbank, Mirror IFF (Russia)

Festivals

2016 Bosphorus IFF (Turkey) 2016 – On The Edge IFF, Sakhalin (Russia)

2015 Male Role FF, Penza (Russia)

2015 Festival of Russian Cinema in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

2015 Volna Festival of Russian Cinema, Alicante (Spain)

2015 Festival of Russian Cinema in Mongolia

2015 Openspace short film IF (Latvia)

2015 Provincial Russia FF (Russia)

2015 Saint Anna FF (Russia)

2015 Literature and Cinema FF (Russia)

2015 Festival of Russian Cinema in Helsinki (Finland)

2015 Spirit Of Fire IFF (Russia)

2015 Festival Russian art house films, Chelyabinsk (Russia)

2014 Festival of festivals (Russia)

2014 Bereginya FF, Arkhangelsk (Russia)

2014 Kinoproba FF, Yekaterinburg (Russia)

2014 Festival of Russian Cinema in Toronto (Canada)

2014 Kulturus Festival, Prague (Czech Republic )

2014 East-West IFF, Orenburg (Russia)

2014 Kinoshok FF, Anapa (Russia)

2014 Pacific Meridians IFF (Russia)

2014 Amur Autumn FF (Russia)

2014 Moscow Premiere FF (Russia)

2014 Festival of Russian Cinema, Vyborg (Russia)

2014 Mirror IFF (Russia)

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

INNOCENT SATURDAY

Written and directed by Alexander Mindadze

Cinematographer - Oleg Mutu

Cast - Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkevitch, Stanislav Ryadinsky, Vyatcheslav Petkun, Vasily Guzov, Sergey Gromov, Alexey Shlyamin, Uliana Fomitcheva, Alexey Galushko

Saturday, 26 April 1986. A reactor tower has exploded in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The Communist Party leadership remains silent. But Valery Kabysh, a one-time percussionist and now a young, loyal Party official, observes the panic of those in charge and realizes that every second counts. This is the story of his failed escape. Valery tries to leave the city with his girlfriend and his musician friends. But life simply won't let go of him. It's Saturday, people are out strolling, shopping, celebrating weddings. Children are playing outdoors. In this carefree weekend bustle, every attempt to flee is doomed. The catastrophe is an omnipresent but invisible character in the story. As if one were handcuffed and the keys were lost. A lost passport, a broken heel, a missed train ... A wedding that calls for music till the very end. Vera has to sing, the musicians have to play, and Valery has to take over for the drunken drummer. It used to be Valery's band too ... Mortal danger? Lethal radiation? Even when Valery's band knows what is really going on, they continue to celebrate. Another vodka, another bottle of wine! What else can they do but carry on, be happy, and enjoy the moment. It's Saturday, the sun is shining and the grass is green. Still green ... It's a Saturday of innocence and everyone is abandoned to their fate.

FESTIVAL AWARDS

Grand Prix Golden Iris, Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium, 2011

Film Critic's Special Prize, Sao Paolo international Film Festival, Brazil, 2011

Best Male Acting (Anton Shagin), Batumi International Film Festival, Georgia, 2011

Special Prize for Cinemapographer (Oleg Mutu), Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania, 2011

Film Critic's Prize (For the special view on contemporary society) and the Prize of the Journalists' Union of Bulgaria, Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2011

 

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:23

MOHICANS

Director, screenwriter - Elena Demidova

Russia, doc, 39 min.

The events take place in the House of Cinema Veterans. Life has changed in recent years, and our heroes are from a bygone era. They are almost like Mohican Indians – their living space is also a small, limited territory. But life goes on...  

Festivals

2009 Saratov Sufferings International Film Festival, Saratov, Russia

2010 Docudays Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine

Awards

2010 Audience Award at the Saratov Sufferings International Film Festival of documentary melodrama, Russia, Saratov

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