Russian Film Festival brings the best of Russian cinema to Disney + Hotstar
Mumbai, October 16, 2021: As part of a unique collaboration that international moviegoers will be celebrating, the Russian Film Festival will present the best of their recent films to Indian audiences on the leading OTT platform, Disney + Hotstar.
From October 16 to November 27, this collection of entertaining and intriguing films will take place on the platform with a focus on a large local audience.
Ten notable Russian films from various genres will be available online, featuring films with heroes and storylines that will be specifically relevant to Indian viewers. With each film, audiences will discover an unexplored side of Russia.
Prominent Bollywood director and screenwriter Imtiaz Ali is the Russian Film Festival Ambassador to India. Speaking of this association, he says: âRussia and India have cultural ties that go back a long way. Movie stars like Raj Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty were very popular in Russia and at the same time Russian music and cinema became part of popular culture in India. The Russian Film Festival on Disney + Hotstar allows us to see 10 wonderful specially selected Russian films. I invite all Indian spectators to see them from October 16 and to forge many other cinematographic collaborations between the two great cultures! ”
Olga Lyubimova, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, says: âInternational audiences are interested in Russian films and animation. Therefore, the Russian Film Festival is one of the most effective ways to promote domestic content abroad; it helps to strengthen the current links between the film industries and to exchange ideas. Russia and India are already cooperating in the field of cinematography through the BRICS. I am sure that thanks to the festival’s convenient online format, we will be able to expand the audience for Russian projects and attract new viewers. “
ROSKINO CEO Evgenia Markova adds: âWe are delighted to bring our Russian Film Festival to India, a country that Russia has a lot in common in various fields of culture and creative industries. Next year, our countries will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Our fruitful cultural cooperation, particularly in the field of cinema, is now gaining momentum. Just a month ago, one of Bollywood’s biggest studios, Yash Raj Films, started shooting a film in St. Petersburg supported by the Russian rebate program. By the way, St. Petersburg and Mumbai, where Bollywood is located, are twin cities. Cooperation with the popular platform Disney + Hotstar, dominant in India, will help attract the largest audience to the Russian Film Festival. We see great potential for cooperation between Russian and Indian film industries and have high hopes for the upcoming event â.
Sarfaraz Alam, director of the Russian Film Festival, adds: âRussian films offer all kinds of emotions and genres and cover a wide range of stories that everyone can relate to. As Indian audiences now watch more and more international content, this film festival offers them a new form of content to explore and enjoy. We hope to bring films from Russia to India regularly with this festival in the future. “
Spokesperson, Disney + Hotstar talks about this association: âWe are delighted to host the ROSKINO Russian Film Festival, for the very first time on our platform, to delight an audience of millions of people in India. To celebrate and showcase cinematic excellence, a carefully curated roster of 10 films, spanning six weeks from October 16, will be presented. As the hotbed of entertainment in India, our effort is to provide viewers with quality entertainment experiences in a way that allows them to immerse themselves in the stories they want to see â.
The festival features famous and popular romances, dramas and comedies from Russia. It presents two musical love films (the genre well received by Indian audiences) – “Ice” by Oleg Trofim and his sequel “Ice 2” by Zhora Kryzhovnikov. “Ice” tells the story of an ambitious young figure skater Nadya who is hospitalized with an injury and gives up her dream of championing until she meets a hockey player Sasha … In “Ice 2”, a happy married couple dreams of a child, but the price they pay for their dream is too highâ¦ Both films are among the TOP 12 highest grossing Russian films of all time.
Eduard Bordukov’s sports drama “On the Edge” is based on a true story of the 2016 Olympic Games, the clash between two Russian sabers: Sofya Velikaya and Yana Egoyan. Avdotya Smirnova’s historical drama âThe Story of a Dateâ will take viewers to an earlier time – set in the 19th century, an edgy story based on real events unfolds in this acclaimed film. One of the characters is the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. The selection also includes the drama “Tell Her” by Alexander Molochnikov. It is a film about failed relationships and the difficult choice of a child in the face of his parents’ divorce. The biographical drama “Doctor Liza” by Oksana Karas, dedicated to the memory of Elizaveta Glinka, one of the leading human rights defenders and social activists in Russia.
The festival also offers comedies. An absurd comedy-drama, an adaptation of the play of the same name by Dmitry Danilov “A man from Podolsk” – the debut of director Semyon Serzin, who also played the main role in Petrov’s flu, a selection film official of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. In addition, the selection of films includes the comedy “Another Woman!” by Anna Parmas. A family passing a test of strength is also in the spotlight in another film “Parents” by Ilya Aksyonov. A new comedy-drama “Jetlag” by Mikhail Idov tells the story of a couple arguing on their way to an airport. As a result, they find themselves on different continents in separate love triangles, causing chaos in others’ relationships as they attempt to mend theirs.
All Russian Film Festival films will be screened with English subtitles.
The very first Russian Online Film Festival in India is organized by ROSKINO with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Film Fund, the Moscow City Tourism Committee, Discover Moscow, Rossotrudnichestvo and with help from Kartina Entertainment. The festival was launched in 2020 and has already taken place successfully in 14 countries, with more than 200,000 viewers.