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Filmgoers should have to pay more to see Hollywood films, says Russian Culture Minister

18 May 2017 · Russia
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Still from Russia’s submission for the 89th Academy Awards Paradise (2016), dir. Andrei Konchalovsky

Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky has told lawmakers that cinemagoers should pay more to watch Hollywood films, in a bid to support Russia's film industry.

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Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov likens Yeltsin Centre win to Nazi award

8 May 2017 · Yekaterinburg · Russia
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Image: Presidential Centre Boris Yeltsin / Facebook

Known for his outspokenness, Russian film director Nikita Mikhalkov has again found himself at the centre of a media storm, this time for comparing a European Museum of the Year award — won by the Yeltsin Centre — to the Iron Cross of the Wehrmacht.

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Creative Armenia launches in LA

8 May 2017 · Armenia
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Oscar Issac in The Promise (2016, dir. Terry George)

Last week UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) hosted the launch of Creative Armenia, a non-profit cultural organisation born of the Armenian community's increasing interest in championing human rights through entertainment.

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Get to know the famous felines of the Hermitage in London

2 May 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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The Basement, 2014, Erik van Lieshout. Exhibition view at the South London Gallery, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London. Photo: Andy Stagg

London-based cat lovers with a penchant for Russian culture are in luck — you can now discover the secret world of the State Hermitage Museum cats at the South London Gallery.

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Will new licence fees spell extinction for foreign indie films in Russia?

2 May 2017 · Russia
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Still from Café Society, 2016, dir. Woody Allen

Russia's Culture Ministry plans to drastically increase the exhibition licence fee for foreign film releases in the country — what will this mean for independent movies?

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Loznitsa and Zvyagintsev amongst New East directors set to compete at Cannes

18 April 2017 · Bulgaria · Hungary · Russia · Ukraine
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Still from A Gentle Creature, dir. Sergei Loznitsa (image: Wild Bunch/Sergei Loznitsa - Slot Machine)

Ukrainian documentarian Sergei Loznitsa and Russian arthouse favourite Andrey Zvyagintsev will both premiere new features in the Offical Competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which runs from 17-28 May.

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Russian filmmakers criticise government at awards ceremony

3 April 2017 · Russia
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Still from Collector (2016, dir. Alexey Krasovsky)

At last week's Nika Awards — Russia's domestic equivalent of the Oscars — several winners decided to use their speeches for more than saying thank you, seizing the chance to condemn the Russian authorities' handling of last Sunday's anti-corruption rallies.

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New York festival to celebrate Bosnian-Herzegovinian film in April

29 March 2017 · Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Still from A Good Wife (Dobra žena), 2016, Mirjana Karanović

Next month New York will welcome the 14th edition of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF), an annual event celebrating the best of contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinema, as well as films taking the country as a major theme or location.

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Enjoy Tarkovsky for free

24 March 2017 · Russia
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Still from Ivan’s Childhood (1962, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

Andrei Tarkovsky fans rejoice — the Mosfilm Cinema Concern has launched a collection of films by the acclaimed director on its YouTube channel, and they are all free to view!

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New York Times names Georgian director Nana Ekvtimishvili one to watch

21 March 2017 · Georgia
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  • My Happy Family trailer (TABOO: Indie Film Trailers / YouTube)

Georgian filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili has been listed among nine “new directors to watch” by the New York Times.

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