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:: Spotlight :: 2006 Russian Resurrection Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The annual Russian Resurrection Film Festival is upon us again. This annual event brings to Australian audiences films that would otherwise go unseen and 2006 promises to deliver on the quality and standard you have come to expect from this gala event.

This year’s program will include 8 of the best new Russian films, including Andrei Kravchuk’s multi-award winning film The Italian (Ulivo d’oro Prize, Fipresci Prize - 2006 European Cinema Festival) and Stanislav Govorukhin’s highly acclaimed wartime romance Not By Bread Alone.

The inaugural event in 2004 played at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, with additional screenings at Greater Union, Burwood. Opened by the Honourable Bob Carr, the festival was a huge hit held in the centenary year of Anton Chekhov’s death. The Festival featured 5 film versions of his plays, and incorporated live reads of some of his best short stories by a cast of top shelf Australian actors including Angie Millikin and Nicholas Hammond.

2005 saw the resurrection of Russian cinema continue with a move into the wider community with screenings at Greater Union Bondi Junction and Burwood. Amongst many highlights of the festival was the late night screening of the cult classic Night Watch. It was the first time this film was introduced to an Australian audience and cemented the festival as an extraordinary opportunity to open our minds to such epic film making. International guests included Valery Todorovsky, Director of Opening Night’s classic hit My Stepbrother Frankenstein and Alexei Uchitel, Director of two festival favourites, The Stroll and Dreaming of Space (Best Film - 2005 Moscow International Film Festival)

2006 sees the Russian Resurrection Film Festival return to its roots at the reopened Chauvel Cinema in Paddington. This new cinémathèque venue will be the perfect site for another season of challenging, affecting, and highly imaginative films from a wide range of lauded Russian directors.

“The quality selection of films this year indicates how the Russian Federal Agency for Cinematography has recognised Russian Resurrection as an integral showcase for Russian cinema on the international film festival calendar. With leading directors joining the celebration down under, we anticipate that this year’s instalment of Russian Resurrection will not only entertain, but also move you, perhaps even to tears, watching the stark realism of what Russian cinema, unlike any other cinema in the world, is all about. Let the Resurrection continue!”

- Nicholas Maksymow, Festival Director

The festival opens on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 until Sunday, October 1, 2006

The Chauvel Cinema is at the corner of Oatley Road and Oxford Street, Paddington

In the other States, the Russian Ressurection Film Festival will be staged at the following locations:

Melbourne: ACMI, Federation Square Melbourne - October 5-10, 2006

Canberra: Electric Shadows, Civic - September 28-October 4, 2006

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Russian Directors to conduct Q&A sessions

Three highly acclaimed and award winning Russian Directors will be conducting Q and A Sessions at the screening of their films as part of the 2006 Russian Resurrection Film Festival. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to find out what it is like to create films in Russia today.

Friday, September 29 at 5:45pm and Saturday, September 30 at 9:15pm
Piranha
Director Andrei Kavun

2006 Russian box office smash
Piranha has broken all records at the Russian Box Office for 2006. This high energy action adventure movie has all the bravado and tension of Die Hard, plot development of James Bond and tongue in cheek romp as Indiana Jones.

Sunday, October 1 at 11:00am
Nankin Landscape
Director Valery Rubinchik

Awards: Special Federation of Cinema Club Prize - 2006 Moscow International Film Festival
The Nankin Landscape is a tale of ambivalence and destructive duplicity - a ballad of the loneliness of people who somewhere along the way through life betray their ideal of love.

Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30pm and Sunday, October 1 at 1:00pm
The Captain’s Daughter
Director Alexander Proshkin

Multi-award winning film based on the Alexander Pushkin novel of the same name
Awards: Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Cinematography – 2001 Nika International Awards
Golden Bear (nomination) - 2000 Berlin International Film Festival
The Captain’s Daughter is a visually beautifully interpretation of the classic story by Russian poet and author Alexander Pushkin.

Let the Resurrection continue!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

$40.00 Opening Night Screening and Party

$15.00 (adult) $12.00 (concession) all sessions

$60.00 5-Movie Pass

$20.00 Sci-Fi Double

For more information, visit

www.russianresurrection.com