20 November 2017

Russian Film Week in London

by Ikon London Reporter

Russian Film Week (RFW) returns this year for the second time and is twice as big, marking it as the biggest cross-cultural Russian event to have taken place outside of Russia. RFW aims to move beyond global politics and focus on bridging the widening gap between Russia and the West through culture. And while a handful of Russian filmmakers such as Eisenstein, Tarkovsky, or Andrey Zvyagintsev (‘Leviathan’, ‘Loveless’) have become well known in the West, the RFW mission is to bring the full scope of Russian cinema to an international market, and celebrate its artistic merit with global audiences.

Besides the highly anticipated sell-out films ‘Mathilde’ (Alexey Uchitel) and ‘Arrythmia’ (Boris Khlebnikov), RFW will deliver the best of Russian film in the last 18 months, demonstrating the depth, richness, variety, and impressive technological innovation that Russian cinema has to offer to the world. The line-up will include shorts, animation, documentary films and a diversity of genres.

“We believe that by creating an international platform for showcasing a panorama of Russian themed film, we can foster cultural dialogue and mutual understanding between the United Kingdom and Russia - says Filip Perkon, RFW General Producer. - For the second year running, we have selected the best contemporary films with a Russian theme, whether from Russia or other countries — based on Russian literature, people or events — and brought these in a diverse programme to cities across Great Britain.”

The programme will go beyond multiple film screenings with Q&A sessions, to include: exhibitions, talks, parties, masterclasses, industry events, designed to pave the way for positive future collaborations between British and Russian film professionals. RFW will also be putting on fascinating documentary screenings as part its FemFest, Revolution Centenary, and Ecology Days.

Waterstones Piccadilly will host throughout the week free VR demonstrations provided by Russian VR Seasons and PlanetPics (Natural Treasures of Russia programme). RFW opened with a screening of ‘Attraction’ followed by Q&A with film director Fjodor Bondarchuk and an after-party against a backdrop of suspended planes and vintage cars at the Science Museum.

The closing screening of ‘Mathilde’ will take place at BFI followed by the after-party on the 26th November. The Golden Unicorn Awards Charity Gala Dinner will take place on the 25th of November. This is when the winners in 12 awards categories, including Best Foreign film About Russia, will be announced - as decided by a renowned international jury.

To discover more, visit Russian Film Week web site.