Russian Resurrection Film Festival to celebrate decorated director Andrei Konchalovsky


Sci-fi film Attraction screens as part of Russian Resurrection Film Festival, which also features a retrospective on the program.
Sci-fi film Attraction screens as part of Russian Resurrection Film Festival, which also features a retrospective on the program.

NOSTALGIC film buffs are in for a treat at this year’s Russian Resurrection Film Festival, according to festival director Nicholas Maksymow.

To mark renowned film director Andrei Konchalovsky’s 80th birthday and his 45-plus year career, six of his films have been included as part of the program in a retrospective.

Fans will be able to see Nest of the Gentry (1969), Uncle Vanya (1970), Runaway Train (1985), Tango & Cash (1989), Gloss (2007) and Paradise (2016) again, or for the first time, on the big screen.

Mr Maksymow said this year bucked the retrospective trend.

“They are usually themed retrospectives like classic musicals or comedies; we have not had one to celebrate a filmmaker’s birthday before,” he said.

“Older films can sometimes be easier to secure because you don’t always have to negotiate screening fees, but then they can also be harder to source or don’t have subtitles.”

He said there was one title they were unsuccessful in securing and had to pick another.

Mr Maksymow said audiences leaned towards the retrospective part of the schedule.

“We have noticed that people that go to the festival tend to prefer the older movies than the new ones, usually because they grew up with it” he said.

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival is now in its 14th year.

It began in 2004 in three cities in Australia but now screens in Auckland, New Zealand.

Go to http://russianresurrection.com/2017.

What: Russian Resurrection Film Festival
When: October 27 to November 1
Where: Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge
Information: http://russianresurrection.com/2017

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