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Russian Resurrection Film Festival

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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and public relations consultant specialising in arts and entertainment.
Escape the winter blues by entering the red word of Russian cinema.

Jump on board a virtual Trans-Siberian Express with a warming vodka shot to get your fix of all-things-Russian at the 7th annual Russian Resurrection Film Festival.

The biggest showcase of Russian cinema outside of its homeland features 29 films including 17 new releases, a World War II retrospective and special events.

The festival program ranges from historical epics to moving dramas, adventures, comedies and Russia's first animated 3D feature film Belka & Strelka: Space Dogs in 3D.

Timeless classics : Tarkovsky's award winning Ivan's Childhood, They Fought for their Motherland from Oscar winning director Sergei Bondarchuk (War & Peace) and Cannes Festival winner The Cranes are Flying will commemorate World War II with the most unforgettable and harrowing depictions of war.

The Man at the Window audiences will be left swooning after seeing the world premiere of Dmitry Meskhiev's romantic comedy.

Then there is the historic epic Tsar, a lavish production that looks at one dramatic year of, Russia's infamous ruler, Ivan the Terrible's reign.

It wouldn't be a Russian Film Festival, without a deeply moving and emotionally driven drama such as How I Ended Last Summer from director Aleksei Popogrebsky.

Also watch out for the award-winning Everybody Dies But Me, the stunning debut feature from director Gai Germanica, which follows the turmoil and anxiety of three ordinary schoolgirls from suburban Moscow as they navigate the road from adolescence into adulthood.

Based on true events, Kandahar describes the capture of an Ilyushin-76 freight aircraft by the Taliban in 1995. Accused of shipping arms the crew were imprisoned for over a year and almost forgotten by the outside world.

A behind the scenes special event with Kandahar's director Andrei Kavun and Australian special effects maestro Kent Miklenda, will reveal how the phenomenal special effects propelled the action-drama to Russian blockbuster status. To be held: 9.30pm Saturday August 28 at the Chauvel.

An exhibition of Russian artists will be held in conjunction with the Russian cinematic feast, from August 20 - 28 at Global Gallery Paddington.

Let the Resurrection Continue!
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Why? Escape the Sydney winter blues by entering the red word of Russian cinema.
When: 19 August till Sept 1 (over two weekends August 21 -22 and 27 -18)
Where: Chauvel Cinema Paddington, Greater Union Burwood and Event Cinemas Bondi Junction
Cost: Adult $17.00 Concession $14.50 (Excludes Opening Night, Closing Night, 3D Animation)
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