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2018 Russian Film Week in New York

2018 Russian Film Week in New York

Cherry Orchard Festival (USA) and Rock Studio Films (Russia) are proud to present the 2018 Russian Film Week in New York – the showcase of independent and commercial films that represents the dynamic landscape of Russian filmmaking today. The event, which will take place in New York City December 8-14, 2018 at the SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St, Manhattan), will include film screenings, discussions and Q&As with renowned Russian film directors, actors, and producers, as well as panels with journalists, and VIP receptions.

This year, the festival’s diverse program of 14 films includes Russia’s submission for the 2019 Academy Awards®, Sobibor, directed by, and starring, Konstantin Khabensky; Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story, directed by Karen Shakhnazarov; dramatic biopic The Story Of One Appointment, directed by Avdotya Smirnova; documentary film Into_Nation Of Big Odessa, directed by Susanna Alperina, and many other new works that represent the broad spectrum of contemporary Russian cinema. Visiting filmmakers and actors include filmmaker Alexey Uchitel, founder of Rock Studio Films; directors Karen Shakhnazarov, Olya Zueva, Susanna Alperina, and many others.

For complete list of screenings, panels and other events, go to:

Film Screenings Schedule:

Friday, December 7: 

7pm – Opening night reception celebrating the Russian Film Week in New York 2018 at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York

By invitaiton only

Saturday, December 8

2:00PM- The Fixies: party for kids and their parents with FREE GIFTS from Lifeway, animator’a characters and activities for kids

3:00pm – The Fixies: Top Secret – Animated film by Vasiko Bedoshvili, Andrei Kolpin and Ivan Pshonkin.

5:00pm – Into_Nation of Big Odessa – Documentary film by Susanna Alperina. Director in person

6:30pm – VIP Opening night reception/Red Carpet – by invitation only ( SVA Lobby)

8:00pm – The Story of One Appointment – Drama. Directed by Avdotya Smirnova. Director in person

Sunday, December 9

5:00pm – Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story – Drama. Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov. Director in person

5:30pm – Hoffmaniada – Animated film by Stanislav Sokolov

7:30pm – I Am Losing Weight – Comedy. Directed by Aleksey Nuzhny

8:00pm – Eternal Life of Alexander Christoforov – Comedy. Directed by Yevgeny Shelyakin. Director in person

Monday, December 10

7:30pm – How Viktor “the Garlic” Took Alexey “ the Stud” to the Nursing Home – Dark Comedy. Directed by Aleksandr Khant

Tuesday, December 11

7:00pm- Panel with actors/directors and RTVI journalists at the Bonhams Auction House ( Address: 580 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022). By invitation only. Send your requests.

Wednesday, December 12

7:30pm – The Coach – Drama. Directed by and starring Danila Kozlovsky. Starring Olya Zueva; produced by Nikita Mikhalkov. Director and actress in person

8:00pm – Elephants Can Play Football – Drama. Directed by Mikhail Segal

Thursday, December 13

7:30pm – Unforgiven – Drama. Directed by Sarik Andreasyan with Dmitry Nagiyev

8:00pm – In The Hood – Drama. Directed by Olya Zueva, starring Danila Kozlovsky. Director and actor in person

Friday, December 14

6:30pm – VIP Closing Night Reception/Red Carpet – by invitation only ( SVA Lobby)

8:00pm – Sobibor – Drama. Directed by and starring Konstantin Khabensky. Director in person

8:30pm – Yolki Posledniye – Drama. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, Anna Parmas, Egor Branov, Alexander Kott

Rock Studio Films was founded in 1991 by film director Alexey Uchitel. Since then, the studio has produced 45 feature and documentary films which have received over 100 awards at international film festivals, and were distributed theatrically both in Russia and abroad. The films include The Major (Cannes Film Festival) and The Fool (Locarno) by Yury Bykov, More by Alexandra Strelyanaya (Karlovy Vary), and others. Besides film production, Rock Studio Films is involved in two additional festivals – Message To Man in Saint Petersburg and Russian Film Week in London.

Cherry Orchard Festival (www.CherryOrchardFestival.orgis a leading independent international arts organization with a solid reputation for presenting musical performances, theatrical productions, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions by a stunning array of global artists to audiences in the US. Founded by Maria Shclover and Irina Shabshis in 2013, the festival is now embarking on its 7th season and has presented more than 55 unique world-class events, concerts and theatrical performances to over 90,000 audience members.

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Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at

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