Rus­sian in­va­sion on the big screen

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

RUS­SIAN Res­ur­rec­tion Film Fes­ti­val’s third year in Perth is set to be one of the big­gest with 18 films, says fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Ni­cholas Maksy­mow.

About 32 films were watched and re­searched in the last 12 months to cre­ate this year’s sched­ule.

“Since we be­gan 12 years ago, the fes­ti­val has evolved and grown; the first year was only in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne and now we have got 18 films,” Maksy­mow said. “The fes­ti­val is more di­verse with a va­ri­ety of gen­res.”

The fes­ti­val now reaches more ci­ties, cov­ers more gen­res and shows more films, while also ap­peal­ing to a wider au­di­ence.

“Our stats show that ini­tially 12 years ago, the fes­ti­val was sup­ported pre­dom­i­nantly by ex­pats,” he said. “But now we find it is about 50 per cent of the au­di­ence; it is not just peo­ple with Rus­sian her­itage any­more.”

Maksy­mow said it took al­most a year to pre­pare for each fes­ti­val.

“Af­ter each fes­ti­val, we de­brief in De­cem­ber then have about a three month fes­ti­val-free zone be­fore we start pre­par­ing for the next one,” he said.

“We keep an eye on what has had a good per­for­mance at the Rus­sian box of­fice, and di­rec­tors whose work we might have shown two or three years ago, be­cause we find au­di­ences re­mem­ber them and are in­ter­ested to see their lat­est work.”

He said he was ex­cited to show Teacha this year ahead of its Rus­sian re­lease and Bat­tle For Sev­astopol, a Rus­sian/Ukrainian pro­duc­tion.

“It is not con­tro­ver­sial, but it is fas­ci­nat­ing be­cause it has a Ukrainian di­rec­tor and is a joint pro­duc­tion be­tween Ukraine and Rus­sia de­spite the con­flict be­tween them,” he said.

The Rus­sian Res­ur­rec­tion Film Fes­ti­val runs from Novem­ber 1218 at Cin­ema Par­adiso. See www. rus­sian­res­ur­rec­tion.com/2015.

Teacha.

Bat­tle For Sev­astopol will screen as part of the Rus­sian Res­ur­rec­tion Film Fes­ti­val this month.

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