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Georgia: Hollywood’s undiscovered movie set

19 June 2017 · Tbilisi · Georgia
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Image: Still from Tangerines, dir. Zaza Urushadze (2013)

Hollywood is turning to Georgia, following the government's plan to offer subsidies to foreign production companies, in a move to boost the country’s moviemaking industry. In a statement from the country’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the initiative’s main aims were defined as contributing “to the development of cinematography as an industry and as a business,” as well as establishing Georgia as “Eastern Europe’s most attractive filming location”. 

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Soviet actor and director Aleksey Batalov dies aged 88

19 June 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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In the early hours of 15 June, the great Soviet actor and director Aleksey Batalov passed away in a hospital in Moscow. 

Named as People’s Artist of the USSR in 1976, and Hero of Socialist Labour in 1989, Batalov was revered across the Soviet Union, having starred in over thirty films as well as directing three of his own, including a 1959 adaption of Nikolai Gogol’s short story, “The Overcoat” (1842). He was also known for his role as the narrator, on the much celebrated Soviet animation Hedgehog in the Fog (1975)

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Armenian state film studio up for privatisation

15 June 2017 · Armenia
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Still from The Soldier and the Elephant, 1977, dir. Dmitry Kesayants, shot at ArmenFilm

Less than two years after being returned to the state, Armenia's government-owned ArmenFilm studio is on sale once again.

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Oliver Stone under fire after The Putin Interviews airs

15 June 2017 · Russia
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Oliver Stone. Image: Gage Skidmore under a CC licence

Film-maker Oliver Stone has been criticised for “snuggling up to the Russian president” in his recently released, four-hour documentary series, The Putin Interviews. Described as a “wildly irresponsible love letter” to Russia’s president by the Daily Beast and with the New York Times heralding it as providing “flattery, but little scepticism”, Putin’s warning that Stone would suffer for what he has created is coming into sharp focus.

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Further Russian restrictions could deal blow to Hollywood movies

9 June 2017 · Russia
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Still from Russia’s submission for the 89th Academy Awards Paradise (2016), dir. Andrei Konchalovsky

Following a slew of proposed laws designed to support Russia’s domestic film industry, the Russian Ministry of Culture has proposed a bill that could hurt Hollywood’s success in the country further: a new law that would ban any single film from making up more than 35% of all screenings on any given day.

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Un-war: support this doc on Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko and his urban projections

7 June 2017 · Poland
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  • Un-War teaser. Video: Maria Niro / Vimeo

Renowned for his huge projections on architectural facades and monuments, Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko is the subject of the upcoming documentary Un-War. Centring on Wodiczko's collaboration with marginalised communities including refugees and homeless people, Un-War sets the artist's work against the backdrop of the contemporary refugee crisis. To push the project forward towards final production, director Maria Niro has launched a crowdfunding campaign.

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Russian regions to reimburse filmmakers

5 June 2017 · Russia
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Still from Leviathan, 2014, dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Ten Russian regional governments have agreed to reimburse a portion of costs incurred by Russian productions while filming within their region.

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Timeless: Budapest has a starring role in this stylish new Lacoste short

2 June 2017 · Budapest · Hungary
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  • Video: Lacoste / YouTube

You could be forgiven for thinking that French clothing brand Lacoste's sleek new spot was filmed in Paris. In fact, those with a keen eye may have noticed that part of the short film, titled Timeless, was shot in Budapest's grand Nyugati Railway Station.

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Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev wins jury prize at Cannes

30 May 2017 · Russia
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  • Trailer for Loveless. Video: The Upcoming

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, best known for his 2014 Academy Award-nominated drama Leviathan, has won has won the jury prize at the 70th Cannes Film Festival for Loveless.

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Filmgoers should have to pay more to see Hollywood films, says Russian Culture Minister

18 May 2017 · Russia
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Still from Russia’s submission for the 89th Academy Awards Paradise (2016), dir. Andrei Konchalovsky

Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky has told lawmakers that cinemagoers should pay more to watch Hollywood films, in a bid to support Russia's film industry.

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