Guests celebrated the launch of THR Russia at the historic Pashkov House overlooking the Kremlin in Moscow. Built in the late 1700s, the structure was turned into Moscow's first public museum in the 19th century.
One of the most well-known figures in Russian cinema's storied history, actor-director Nikita Mikhalkov is also an investor in THR Russia through his company TRITE. A fixture at the international festival art house for more than four decades, Mikhalkov won a foreign language Oscar in 1994 for the historical epic Burnt by the Sun. His last feature, 2008’s 12, which was loosely based on Sydney Lumet’s classic drama 12 Angry Men from 1957, once again brought Mikhalkov an Oscar nomination in the foreign language category.
Owen Phillips, Andrew Min and Alexander Tumachowitsch
From left, THR Executive Editor Owen Phillips, Andrew Min, Vice President, Licensing and THR Russia Publisher Alexander Tumachowitsch. The monthly magazine, which is THR’s first title in a foreign language, hit newsstands on March 26 with a print run of 80,000 copies.
Former model Natalya Lesnikovskaya has appeared in Russian TV series, including an adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago.
THR: Russian Edition editorial director Maria Lemesheva. "THR: Russian Edition is going to be a game changer for the industry here," says Lemesheva. "Our Business Section supplement will provide industry readers with news, market statistics, polls, sales figures and even forecasts for the Russian film and television industry.”
Actress Anastasia Zavorotnyuk is best known to Russian audiences as the title character in Moya Prekrasnaya Nyanya, the Russian adaptation of the American series The Nanny.
Yuri Nikolayev became an icon in the Russian television world for hosting one of the few Soviet-era music shows, Utrennyaya Pochta, in the 1970s and 1980s
Actor, producer and director Fyodor Bondarchuk recently appeared in the feature Spy, which was reviewed in the inaugural issue of THR Russian Edition.
In addition to being a four-time Russian National Champion and winning two Olympic gold medals, legendary figure skater Irina Slutskaya has also become a TV star in Russia, regularly appearing on skating themed reality shows and appearing in a soap opera about figure skating called Hot Ice.
Actor and director Stanislav Govorukhin worked as the campaign chief for president elect Vladimir Putin during Russia’s presidential election in March.
Actor Vladimir Vdovichenkov, right, became a star in the mid-2000s thanks to his role in the popular crime drama Bimmer, directed by Pyotr Buslov. He recently starred as the president of Russia in Dzhanik Fayziyev’s August 8th, which was banned in the Ukraine for its frank portrayal of the 2008 Russian/Georgian military conflict.
Veteran actress Irina Miroshnichenko has appeared in over 30 features since her debut in 1955, including Andrey Tarkovskiy’s 1966 classic Andrei Rublev.
Alena Doletskaya, editor in chief of the Russian edition of Interview magazine.
Veteran director Alexander Mitta, known primarily for his 1979 box office hit Ekipazh (Crew), made his directorial debut with the 1961 drama The Fearless Ataman.
Anastasiya Makeeva and Gleb Matveichuk
Actress Anastasiya Makeeva, left, best known for Karen Shakhnazarov’s festival favorite A Rider Named Death and film composer Gleb Matveichuk, who provided the score for the award-winning epic Admiral in 2008.
Singer Maria Maksakova, right, a soloist at St. Petersberg’s famed Mariinsky Theater, has appeared in a number of prominent Russian releases, including Nikita Mikhalkov’s The Barber of Siberia.
Filipp Yankovsky and Oksana Fandera
Director Filipp Yankovsky, left, best known for Kamennaya Bashka (Stone Head) and Mechenosets (Sword Carrier), with his wife, actress Oksana Fandera, who recently received best actress nominations from Russia's top two film prizes — the Golden Eagle and Nika — for her role in Alexandr Gordon’s Ogni Pritona (Lights of the Den).
Actor Yegor Pazenko has appeared in Russian releases like Pryachsya! (Hide!) and Kamennaya Bashka (Stone Head), as well as American productions like the 1997 big screen adaptation of The Saint with Val Kilmer.
A graduate of Moscow’s Gerasimov School of Cinematography, actress Anna Snatkina has appeared in popular local TV series like Moskovskaya Saga (Moscow Saga) and Russkaya Naslednitsa (Russian Heiress)
Renowned composer Vladimir Matetsky provided the score for the acclaimed Russian drama Little Vera in 1988.
Veteran actress Lyudmila Maksakova became a household name in Russia in the 80s after appearing in hit films like Piotr Todorovsky’s Po Glavnoy Ulitse S Orkestrom (On the Main Street with an Orchestra) and Stanislav Govorukhin’s Desyat Negrityat (Ten Black Boys). She was named the People's Actress of Russia in 1980 and was awarded the prestigious Stanislavski Prize in 1996
Yekaterina Guseva, left, is well known to Russian audiences thanks to her starring role in the popular local TV series Brigada (Brigade) and Kursanty (Cadets)
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