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Russia to Revive Crimean Film Industry

Published: April 8, 2014 (Issue # 1804)



  • The Yalta Studio recently helped to film a production of Hamlet on site.
    Photo: Yalta Film Studio

The Russian Culture Ministry plans to revive the Yalta Film Studio, one of the oldest studios in the former Soviet Union. The ministry previously announced plans to create local film festivals in Crimea as part of their plan to develop local cultural institutions.

"With the participation of the Russian government, a plan will be formulated to revive the famous studio," Crimean Tourism Minister Yelena Yurchenko said in reference to the Yalta Film Studio. "We are glad that the Russian authorities are paying attention to the key objects on our peninsula, including cultural sites, and are not standing on the sidelines."

The Yalta Film Studio was founded in 1917 by the Russian film company Khanzhonkov and Co., the same company that established Mosfilm in 1923. In 1919, the studio was nationalized and reformed as Yalta Film Factory, which it remained until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

During the Soviet period, numerous films were created at the Yalta studio, yet the company fell on hard times after the creation of an independent Ukraine and has largely ceased activity.

Apart from plans to revive the studio, the Culture Ministry said it would hold film festivals in Yalta and Gurzuf. Vladimir Malyshev, rector of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, has also offered to create a branch of the institute in Crimea.

Apart from developing film in Crimea, the Culture Ministry is also working on a series of films about the peninsula "The Battle for Sevastopol" is currently in postproduction, and a series of documentary films are also in the works, Itar-Tass reported.





 


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Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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