5 Russian Films Not to Miss in the Fest and Market

9:10 PM 5/16/2019

by Vladmir Kozlov

From a story centered on two women struggling to rebuild their lives ('Beanpole') to a new project from Riki Group ('My Toy Panda'), a look at the country's anticipated films.

'Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forrest'
'Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forrest'
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  • 'Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forrest'

    Film market

    DIRECTOR Svyatoslav Podgaevkiy

    SALES Central Partnership

    This modern-day take on an ancient Slavic horror tale features, quite literally, a nanny from hell. When a young family hires a woman to look after their newborn daughter, they have no idea that the nanny might actually be the Slavic demon known as Baba Yaga.

  • 'Beanpole'

    Un Certain Regard competition

    DIRECTOR Kantemir Balagov

    SALES Wild Bunch

    The second feature from 27-year-old Balagov is set in 1945 Leningrad, a city devastated by World War II. The film centers on Iya and Masha, two young women struggling to rebuild their lives among the ruins and find a reason to keep living.

  • 'Tsol'

    Film market

    DIRECTOR Aleksey Uchitel

    SALES Mint Films International 

    Akin to Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto, a Cannes competition title last year, Uchitel’s new drama draws on the memory of USSR rock star Viktor Tsoi. After his death in a car crash in August 1990, the bus driver who killed him has to drive his body back to Leningrad.

  • 'Silver Skates'

    Film market

    DIRECTOR Mikhail Lokshin 

    SALES Central Partnership 

    The story of 18-year-old Matvey, a bakery delivery boy and a passionate ice skater, and rich girl Alisa, who feels like a prisoner in her father’s mansion. The film is set against the backdrop of 1900 St. Petersburg, a fairytale-like wonderland where frozen rivers and canals bustle with activity.

  • 'My Toy Panda'

    Film market

    DIRECTOR Denis Chernov

    SALES Riki Group

    In this new project from Riki Group, known for its global animated franchise Kikoriki, professional thief Max hides a relic ruby stolen from an ancient Chinese pagoda inside a plush panda bear. By accident, the panda ends up in a store where toys come to life.

    This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's May 17 daily issue at the Cannes Film Festival.