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Moscow KinoPoisk: Roger Christian readies 'Black Angel', Latido boards debut

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Moscow KinoPoisk: Roger Christian readies 'Black Angel', Latido boards debut
Kfm: Russian investor boards ‘Black Angel’ remake, ‘made in Russia’ blockbusters, Kfm pitching winners, Latido picks up Ukrainian debut

Russian investment is set to be tapped for Roger Christian’s feature version of his 1980 cult short Black Angel.

Speaking during the first edition of the KinoPoisk Film Market (Kfm) in Moscow, the film’s producer Harald Reichebner said that 70% of the budget is in place as a co-production between the UK, Belgium and Hungary, with the final 30% now to come from an undisclosed private Russian investor.

The $9.7m production features an international cast including Dougray Scott, John Rhys-Davies, Rutger Hauer (who starred as The Mystic Monk in Christian’s 1994 biopic Nostradamus), Turkish-German actress-model Meryem Uzerli, star of the Turkish TV series Muhtesem Yüzyil, and Russian actor Vladimir Mashkov, known to international audiences from Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Behind Enemy Lines.

Berlin-based, Austrian-born Reichebner – who had previously worked with Christian as the producer on Nostradamus - told
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'The Norm' adaptation to be pitched at Venice Market

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An adaptation of Vladimir Sorokin’s bestselling novel The Norm is among eight film projects to be presented at a pitching forum in Venice by Roskino in cooperation with the Venice Film Market on Sept 6 .

Producers Uliana Kovaleva and Antonio Piccoli will be looking for co-producers from Germany for Matrioshka, which is based on the fifth novel by Sorokin who is regarded as the most scandalous Russian novelist of the post-Communist era.

According to Russian scholar David Gillespie, The Norm, which was written between 1979 and 1984 and only published in full for the first time in 1994, is “a statement on the Soviet collective and individual psyche in the last years of the Soviet power”.

The Venice forum will also see producers Nikolay Bunkin, Igor Fokin and Vladislav Pasternak of Hhg Film Company looking to attract international partners for Konstantin Shelepov’s futuristic drama Censor, while Star Media’s Vlad Ryashin, the producer of Renat Davletyarov’s war drama
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Depardieu's Viktor to premiere in Russia

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Depardieu's Viktor to premiere in Russia
New films from Krzysztof Zanussi and Ralph Fiennes to also world premiere at Window To Europe Film Festival.

New films by Gérard Depardieu, Krzysztof Zanussi and Ralph Fiennes will have their world premieres at the 22nd edition of the Window To Europe Film Festival (Aug 8-15) in the Russian town of Vyborg situated close to the border with Finland.

French director Philippe Martinez’s tale of redemption and revenge Viktor, which stars Depardieu, Elizabeth Hurley and Eli Danker, will open a competition section dedicated to films co-produced with Russia.

Viktor, which was shot in Chechnya and Moscow last summer and is being handled internationally by UK-based sales agent Saradan Media, will be released by Paradise in Russian cinemas on September 4.

Co-production competition

Other co-productions selected include Zanussi’s Foreign Body, produced by his own company Studio Filmowe Tor with Italy’s Revolver Film and Russia’s Ineureka and Bella Vostok Ltd; Uzbek director Dilmurod Masaidov’s thriller
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