||October 5 19:00, The Alexandrinsky Theatre*|
|Tomorrow||October 6 19:00, The Alexandrinsky Theatre*|
|Salacious people||October 7 17:00, Angleterre Cinema|
||October 19:00, Velikan Park Cinema*|
*nvitation required for admittance / Accreditation
Russian series market is developing fast, and in heavily understaffed, so a young talented author has more chances with a pilot episode of a series than with a feature film. In fact, this means you can shoot your own picture with no limitations within your budget. Boldness is only welcomed, and then the channel decides whether to accept the pilot or not — and creative failure or format bounds aren’t the only causes of rejection. We are currently experiencing the phenomenon of a «new shelf» that annually receives several units of finished work.
Our original idea was to take several bright dead-end projects from this shelf, and discuss them with authors and commissioners. But we encountered their natural unwillingness not to let us into their backroom, and couldn’t overcome this resistance. As a result, there’s only one likely dead-end pilot in the program: film critic Roman Volobuyev’s debut Tomorrow. The other two pilots have been accepted by the commissioning channels, but their inclusion seems logical: both of them are screen adaptations of pivotal autobiographical work of writers Mikhail Idov (Rashkin) and Irina Denezhkina (Salacious People). Together with Tomorrow which, House of Cards style, opens up a backdoor to Russian politics, they form an encyclopedia of Russian life in the 2010s. Here, the question of freedom — that of speech, sexual orientation, and civic stance — is crucial.
Konstantin Shavlovsky, critic editorial manager of the Seance magazine
Director: Alexey Agranovich
Producers: Alexey Agranovich, Vyacheslav Murugov
Host: Fyodor Bondarchuk
Director: Alexander Veledinsky
Cast: Alexander Petrov, Andrey Prytkov, Danil Steklov, Andrey Merzlikin, Zakhar Prilepin, Alexandra Ursulyak, Daria Nosik, Daria Melnikova
Episode Treasure Island
Director: Boris Khlebnikov
Cast: Maria Shalayeva, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Mikhail Efremov, Evgeny Syty, Sergey Nasedkin, Alexander Pal, Konstantin Murzenko
Glavkniga («Main Book») is a humanitarian educational project at the joint of cinema and literature. Its aim is to re-actualize reading. Each episode is a finished visual sketch dedicated to the famous book each director wants to adapt for the screen. To those who have read the book, Glavkniga will reveal come unexpected facets of its visual rendering. To those who haven’t read the book, the project will give and incentive to familiarize themselves with the literary classics.
The director chooses his «dream book» — a text he has always wanted to adapt. The audience sees parts of the filming process like the auditions for the main roles of the future film. The director chooses several dialogue scenes for the audition, and prepares a personal comment for the episode introduction: what connects them to this book, why it’s important for them, why they want to adapt in for the screen. The host (Fyodor Bondarchuk) helps viewers to find their ropes on the set: he tells them about the project’s “construction” and explains the director’s professional slang.
The program assimilates several genres: reconstruction (shots from the future film), making-of (choosing costumes, props, make-up, on-the-set talks of the director and his actors), and interview (the director’s emotional monologue on his choice of the main book).
Director: Roman Volobuyev
Producers: Alexander Bondarev, Natalia Sindeeva
Cast Alisa Khazanova, Vladimir Mishukov, Klavdia Korshunova, Mikhail Gavrilov, Alexander Naumov
Production: Ivan Production & TV Rain
Russian 2018. Suddenly, the opposition represented by a centre-left candidate wins the presidential election. His team is anything but ready; they hastily occupy the build- ing of the Presidential administration where they try to do everything at once: from forming the new government to fighting the energy crisis, far-eastern separatism and PR scandals.
Tomorrow is the long-awaited directorial debut of film critic Roman Volobuyev. The series hasn’t been launched.
Director: Alexey Agranovich
Producers: Vyacheslav Dusmukhametov, Semyon Slepakov, Alexander Dulerain
Cast: Maria shalaeva, Yury kolokolnikov, Evgenia Kalinets
20 episodes × 24 min.
Salacious People is an impossible mix of sitcom and melodrama. The story revolves around a young writer Gvozdikova, who receives the National Bestseller award for her book Bye-bye, Asshole about hatred for men’s unfaithfulness. The novel is, of course, autobiographical, and was written one year after she walked in on her husband and his mistress. The series is also autobiographical — it’s based on Irina Denezhkina’s prose, and in early 2000s, critics named Denezhkina the leader of the 20+ generation.
The Salacious People project by writer and producer Semen Slepakov was stalling and waiting for a director who, like a DJ, could mix its comic beginnings with its melodramatic intonation. Boris Khlebnikov in the director’s chair and Maria Shalayeva as the leading actress put everything in order.
Writer Mitya (Matt) Rashkin is a neurotic from New York with Russian roots. He comes to Moscow to advertise his book — and suddenly stays after knowing the temptations and oddities of modern Russia.
Rashkin is about Moscow’s dark charms. The fact that every other Russian girl throws herself at the shy Mitya, and his Manhattan bride’s only manifestations come through Skype, complicates the situation even further. Rashkin’s guides through bars, clubs, dens, squats, baths, lounges, country houses, editor’s offices, and receptions are two very different people: a reckless social photographer Roma Terekhov (Anton Fedorov) who has been Rashkin’s friend since school and whose life motto is «more hell» — and an oligarch, Anton Yuryevich Belokochanov (Fyodor Bondarchuk), who goes everywhere and knows everything.
Writer Michail Idov invented a new kind of hero for the Russian screen: it’s a «Russian Woody Allen» who left his Manhattan for the crazy rhythm of life inside the Garden Ring. Life in the capital shown through the eyes of a foreigner looks convincingly wild and charming in its wildness.