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Toronto Russian Film Festival (TRFF)

Oct 16-18, 2015

The Festival of the Russian Cinema in Canada was founded by the TRFF Company (Toronto Russian Film Festival) in 2009 to promote Russian cinema. Since then, more than two hundred films of different genres were presented to the audience in the annual programs.

This year TRFF holds a festival with the assistance of Show One Productions. The program of the festival includes films from different years, in which the male lead is played by famous Russian actor, People’s Artist of Russia, Alexey Serebryakov.

Alexey Serebryakov has more than 120 roles in films of different genres. The principal part in the film “Leviathan” (directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev) made Alexey famous worldwide. The film won the Palme D’or in Cannes for the best screenplay, Golden Globe Award for the Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Oscar. Mr. Serebryakov makes his Canadian theatre debut in TiFT (Talk is Free Theatre) in the city of Barrie, which will be held 18-28 November, 2015. Show One Productions co-produces the stage version of the play “Gotcha”.

The program of the 6th Toronto Russian Film Festival includes nine films, five feature and 4 short films, starring Alexey Serebryakov. The world premiere of the film “Klinch” (director Sergey Puskepalis, Russia 2015) will be presented at the festival, and the program of short films consists of the movies screened at numerous international festivals. All films are with the English subtitles and there is a Q&As session with Alexey Serebryakov after every screening. The Festival venue is Innis Town Hall – 2 Sussex Ave. Toronto.

The festival opens with “Leviathan” in which Alexey Serebryakov played Nikolay, who is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Nikolay and his family.

A special highlight of the festival will be the world premiere of the film “Klinch” (director Sergey Puskepalis, Russia 2015). It is a tragicomedy about a simple school literature teacher, Fedorov, who thought his life couldn’t become more boring and pointless until he met a strange girl, who stormed into his very ordinary day, accused him of bringing her girl-friend to suicide and turned his life completely.

One of the most interesting films of the perestroika period “Hammer and Sickle” (Russia, 1994, director Sergey Livnev) will be presented during the festival. This is an interesting tale of an experiment performed during the Stalin-controlled years in the USSR. The main character is changed from a woman into a man. It’s a very in-depth character study of the main character, who tries to fit into a world that she (now ‘he’) doesn’t really understand, especially since she’s now a man.

“PiraMMMida” (Russia, 2011, film director Eldar Salavatov) portrays Russia, early 90s. It is a fictional story inspired by financier Sergey Mavrodi, his securities company “MMM”, and the pyramid scheme he ran that left upwards of fifteen million investors with nothing when it crashed.

The film “Cargo 200″ (Russia, 2007, director Aleksey Balabanov) is still considered the most rigorous and honest film about the end of the Soviet era. The film, a gritty thriller based on actual events is set in 1984, provincial Russia, where the gloom of Soviet life has reached extreme depths. The title refers to the Soviet term for military corpses returning from Afghanistan. Guaranteed to shock even the most strong-stomached of moviegoers, Cargo 200 is one of the most controversial movies ever to emerge from Russia.

TRFF presents a program of short films and Alexey Serebryakov will be discovered as a Canadian actor. “Liompa” (Canada, 2014, directed by Elizabeth Lazebnyk) was filmed in Toronto, although it is based on the short story by Yury Olesha. It’s quite an interesting experiment. Liompa was screened as part of Short Cuts Canada Programme 2 at TIFF 2014. The film “Letter” (Russia, Canada, 2006, directed by Matvei Zhivov) is a deep and sad story about war and love; how war makes the souls of people suffer, depriving them of their hopes for the simple human happiness. The audience will be touched by other short films of the program: “My Name is Happiness” (Armenia, 2006, directed by Vardan Hakobyan) is about a random chance to encounter true love; and the film “The Dive” by Olga Gorodetsky, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. The plot revolves around a TV host, trapped by the internet rating.

The festival will be held from October 16 to October 18, 2015 at Innis Town Hall University of Toronto (2 Sussex Ave. Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5) http://townhall.innis.utoronto.ca

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