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2014 | 2008

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Russian Cinema: Local Pics Up VFX Ante

8 September 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russian audiences have an enthusiasm for 3D, large formats and visual effects, says Paul Heth, CEO of leading Russian exhibition chain Karo.

That lines up Russians with audiences in much of the world, where such spectacle films lead the box office.

But their hunger for such films has forced Russian producers and visual effects companies to step up or risk losing out to Hollywood imports.

But while other territories are lagging in that area, Russian companies are stepping up. It’s not just Hollywood’s big-budget, 3D, vfx-heavy tentpoles thriving at the box office, but Russian spectacles as well.

Some of the biggest Russian box office hits in the past year have been 3D vfx pics with budgets far above average for local productions. World War II epic “Stalingrad 3D,” for example, grossed 1.66 billion rubles ($45.8 million) in Russia, and fantasy horror “Viy 3D” took $33.2 million.

“The visual effects (on ‘Stalingrad »

- Leo Barraclough

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Cannes: Roskino Showcases Wide Range of Russian Movie Projects

21 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – Russian movie support agency Roskino has been busy during Cannes. Among its varied activities, it has presented Global Russian, a selection of films in the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Market, the New Russian Cinema program, which is a selection of upcoming Russian films, and a slate of new projects emerging from the Russian market.

Attending the Global Russian event was Sergey Pikalov, whose film “The Last One” (pictured, below) is participating in Cannes’ official short films competition. The Russian-Azerbaijani co-production from Buta Films tells the tragicomic tale of the last remaining World War II veteran, and his complicated relationship with his fridge. The 15-minute philosophical parable is produced by Maria Ivanova and Nasib Piriyev.

Piriyev said: “When we started making the film, nobody was thinking about winning competitions or awards, so it is all the more rewarding to be recognized by the Cannes Film Festival.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Jason Flemyng Starrer ‘Viy 3D’ Dominates Russian Box Office

15 February 2014 2:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Russian cinema has a new box office champion: Jason Flemyng starrer “Viy 3D” has grossed more than Rubles 1 billion ($28.4 million) after two weeks, with a further Rubles 165 million ($4.7 million) taken in neighboring Ukraine.

The fantasy action pic, which is directed by Oleg Stepchenko, and produced by Alexey A. Petrukhin and Alexander Culicov, is based on the short story of the same name by Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Event Film is handling international sales.

It tells the story of English cartographer Jonathan Green (Flemyng), who sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in the forest.

In its second weekend, the film took Rubles 238 million ($6.78 million), which was the best weekend B.O. perf in Russia. In Ukraine, its box office was a stellar Rubles 113 million ($3.22 million). Pic is being released by Universal.

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