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RUSSIAN RESURRECTION 2009 – PREVIEW

WORLD PREMIERE OF RUSSIAN SEX THRILLER
The world premiere of Soundtrack of Passion, billed as Russia’s first ever sex-thriller, directed by Nikolai Lebedev (director of Wolfhound, the 2007 Opening Night film) will be one of the highlights of this year’s Russian Resurrection film festival around Australia.


This year’s festival will screen 19 films, including 10 recent award-winning and box office breaking releases that range from historical epics to moving dramas, from war adventures to comedies and musicals. Karen Shakhnazarov (Director of 2008 Opening Night film, Vanished Empire and whose body of work was featured for the festival’s annual retrospective) will return with the highly anticipated film Ward No. 6 (2009), a black comedy based on a story by Anton Chekhov.

Other cinematic gems include the stunningly detailed turn of the century drama Morphine (2008), from exciting new director Aleksei Balabanov; and the box-office breaking and swashbuckling epic Taras Bulba (2009), directed by Vladimir Bortko, based on the novel from one of Russia’s most celebrated writers, Nikolai Gogol whose bicentenary is being celebrated in 2009. Also screening is the award winning Hipsters (2009), the latest high energy musical comedy by Valery Todorovsky (Director of 2008’s hit film Vice); and Admiral (2008), an award winning historic epic directed by Andrei Kravchuk (Director of The Italian which featured at the 2007 festival).

The festival will again be presenting it’s popular in-depth retrospective, this year focusing on ‘Comedy & Musical Gems’. Nine films dating from 1936 - 2001 will present the best of Russian comedies, musicals and musical comedies, “destined to lift the spirits of even the most cynical and vodka-swilling ex-party member!” say the organisers.

New Films:
Hipsters: Valery Todorovsky
Admiral: Andrei Kravchuk
We’re From the Future: Andrei Maluikov
Wild Field: Mikhail Kalatozishvili
Morphine: Aleksei Balabanov
Nobody But Us: Sergei Govorukhin
Fedot the Hunter: Ludmilla Steblyanko
Taras Bulba: Vladimir Bortko
Soundtrack of Passion: Nikolai Lebedev
Ward No 6: Karen Shakhnazarov

Retrospective - Comedy & Musical Gems:
Circus: Gregory Aleksandrov
Kuban Cossacks: Ivan Pyryev
A Hussar’s Ballad: Eldar Ryazanov
Prisoner of the Caucasus: Leonid Gaidai
Afonya: Georgi Daneliya
The Fountain: Yuri Mamin
Window to Paris: Yuri Mamin
Peculiarities of the National Hunt: Alexander Rogozhkin
Poisons: Karen Shakhnazarov

Published July 16, 2009

 

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Soundtrack of Passion


Ward No 6

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EPIC BOOKENDS

NATIONAL TOUR DATES
Melbourne:
Palace Cinema Como - 19 – 26 August

Sydney:
Chauvel Cinema - 21 August – 2 September

Brisbane:
Palace Centro Cinema - 3 – 9 September

Adelaide:
Palace Nova Eastend - 9 – 16 September

Perth:
Cinema Paradiso - 10 – 16 September

Canberra:
Greater Union Manuka - 17 – 20 September







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