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Russian films at Annecy

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Last updated: June 24, 2007

Just a small news update, taken from animator.ru. The Annecy International Animated Film Festival takes place in France from June 11-16. Here's a list of the Russian films which are being shown:

Russian Lullaby from the series Lullabies of the World (directed by Elizabeth Skvortsova). You can see a trailer for this project over here.

Foolish Girl (the first film by Zoya Kireyeva - you can see the full film at the link)

About the Bald Princess (directed by Sophia Kravtsova)

Lavatory - Love Story (directed by Konstantin Bronzit)

My Love (directed by Aleksandr Petrov)

The heavy hitters here are the last two. Konstantin Bronzit is probably the best-known animated film director in Russia, while Aleksandr Petrov won an Oscar in 2000 for his film "The Old Man and the Sea". Their films came third and first, respectively, at the 12th Open Russian Festival of Animated Film earlier this year.

I haven't seen any of the films except "Foolish Girl" (since it's easy to view online... it's worth watching, though I don't know how close it will be to those who haven't experienced the Russian daycare system). I've seen all of Bronzit's and Petrov's previous work, however, and they're both excellent directors. Bronzit's best work is understated with a strong, logical scenario, while Petrov is at his best when showing the emotional and (I suppose one could say) primal part of humanity.

To give you a taste, here's Bronzit's very funny earlier film "At the Ends of the Earth":

And here are some things that Petrov has done:
Clip from "My Love"
Clip from "The Old Man and the Sea"
Demo reel
First UA commercial
Commercial for Canadian province
Second UA commercial

Update: Only "Foolish Girl" won a prize, for "best first film". A full list of the prizewinners can be seen here.
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