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Russian Film Week to open on Sunday in London

17 November 2017
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A still from the documentary film 24 Snow that will be shown at Russian Film Week. Image: RussianFilmWeekLondon / Facebook

The second annual Russian Film Week is set to begin on Sunday 19 November in London, bringing 44 new Russian films to the U.K. capital.

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Controversial film Matilda to be made into television series

10 November 2017 · Russia
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The character Matilda Kshesinskaya in the film is played by actress Michalina Olszańską. Image: matildafilm / VK

A film about a love affair between Russia’s last tsar and a ballet dancer that has generated violent protests in Russia will be spun-off into a 4-part series.

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Netflix commissions series on the fall of the Romanovs

10 November 2017 · Russia
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Tsar Nicholas II of Russia with his family in 1913 (left to right): Olga, Maria, Nicholas II, Alexandra Fyodorovna, Anastasia, Alexey and Tatiana

Netflix is reportedly putting together a new documentary series that will examine the end of Russia’s imperial dynasty. 

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Matilda premieres in Russia amid controversy and arrests

25 October 2017 · Moscow · St Petersburg · Russia
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German actor Lars Eidinger plays Nicholas II in the film. Photo: matildafilm / VK

A controversial film about a love affair between Russia’s last tsar and a ballet dancer has finally premiered in Russia despite violent protests and complaints from nationalist and Orthodox Christian activists.

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David Lynch to open cinema institute in Tbilisi

9 October 2017 · Tbilisi · Georgia
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David Lynch. Image: Thiago Piccoli under a CC license.

The cult American director David Lynch is set to open a cinematography institute and film festival in Tbilisi, and will be visiting the country in late November, Georgia’s government website announced.  

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Russian ballerinas dance 32 fouettés in support of controversial film Matilda

6 October 2017 · Perm · Russia
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A group of dancers in the Russian city of Perm have completed one of ballet’s most difficult moves — spinning round 32 times on one leg — to show their backing for the divisive new film Matilda, which portrays a love affair between ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya and Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II.

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Romanian actor honoured at San Sebastian Film Festival

4 October 2017 · Romania
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Still from Pororoca, dir. Constantin Popescu (2017)

Romanian actor Bogdan Dumitrache has bon the Best Actor award at San Sebastian Film festival for his role in Constantin Popsecu's new film Pororoca.

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Russian rapper Oxxxymiron to star in Victor Pelevin film adaptation

28 September 2017 · Russia
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  • Video of the announcement. Youtube: oxxxymironofficial

Famed Russian MC and rap battle celebrity Oxxxymiron, real name Miron Fedorov, is set to star in a film adaptation of cult Russian author Victor Pelevin's 2006 novel Empire ‘V’.

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Matilda controversy: billboards bearing love letters between Tsar and his wife appear in Moscow

28 September 2017 · Moscow · Yekaterinburg · Russia
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A series of billboards bearing photos and excerpts from love letters between Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fedorovna have appeared around Moscow, marking the latest chapter in the scandal surrounding the upcoming controversial film MatildaThe campaign, titled Nicholas II and Alexandra Fedorovna. Words of Love, was launched by the press relations department of the Russian Orthodox Church, who plan to erect similar billboards in major cities across Russia. Matilda, set for release next month, tells the story of the romantic relationship between the last tsar and the ballet dancer Mathilde Kschessinska. 

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Whitechapel Gallery to host film screening by Russian-born artist Anton Ginzburg

27 September 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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Anton Ginzburg, Turo (2016). Courtesy: Anton Ginzburg

The St Petersburg-born New York-based artist Anton Ginzburg will have his films on display at the Whitechapel Gallery on 1 October.

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