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The story of how the world came to focus on a single cause - ending the Apartheid regime in South Africa - and the role played in this by two star-studded global television broadcasts made in the name of Nelson Mandela in 1988 and 1990.
Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.
Max finds himself in possession of an ancient scroll that describes the entire history of humankind from beginning to end. Seeking to use the information for his own gain, Max triggers the mechanism that begins influencing his own life.
Israel Sasha Demidov,
A programme made for the Community Channel by The Independent Film Trust (the UK charity which supports the cause of independent film-making) on the IFT's Film School in a Box scheme to provide basic film training to disadvantaged people.
Marina, a forty-year-old Russian woman, lives in a small village in South Leicestershire in England. Seven years ago she married Gregory, a village garage owner, a collector of Morris Minor cars and an Ipswich Town supporter. Marina met Gregory when he came to Russia to see Ipswich Town playing against Torpedo Moscow, and moved to England with her then five-year-old daughter in the hope of happiness and a secure future for her child. A journalist and a writer in her previous life, she now works as a local hairdresser and in her spare time writes for the parish magazine. Gregory loves her, and her daughter seems to flourish in a private school, but Marina doesn't feel happy and satisfied with her life - and can't really explain why. The feeling increases when she goes to London to meet Valentina, an old friend who is visiting from Moscow. Valentina has become a successful writer and Marina asks herself whether maybe she could also write books in Russian, her native language which ... Written by
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A charming Russian film with a carefully considered screenplay
A modern setting, a contemporary tale, yet with a charm that is in many ways reminiscent of a bygone age.
With a welcome lack of gratuitous explosions and sfx, and a screenplay that is both perceptive and thought provoking, this is the story of an intelligent Russian woman who finds something lacking in life with her English husband.
Her dream life in the West has fallen far short of her expectations, and she has had plenty of time to reflect on this. In England she is perceived as a hairdresser, far removed from the writers' circles which she used to frequent in Moscow, where her talent was understood and recognised.
Location filming in the English countryside and Russian metropolis adds to the contrast between two very different cultures and expectations.
In the tradition of films such as Truly Madly Deeply and Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, this is an absolute gem.
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