This year, the annual film festival Russian Film Week in the UK will take place from 6 to 13 December. It will be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be opened with the screening of The Whaler Boy by Philipp Yuryev. The programme of the festival includes eight full-length feature films.
"In 2020, Russian Film Week and the Golden Unicorn awards were meant to celebrate their five-year anniversary. But since the global situation does not allow us to do this, we decided to postpone the fifth Russian Film Week to 2021, and this year conduct RFW in an online format, "- said the organizers.
The festival will open with The Whaler Boy by Philipp Yuryev, which won an award in the auteur section of the Venice Film Festival and two prizes at the Kinotavr. The program also includes films Tsoi by Alexey Uchitel, Kalashnikov by Konstantin Suslov, and Ice 2 by Zhora Kryzhovnikov, among others. The festival will be closed with the drama One breath by Elena Khazanova.
The screenings will be held on two online platforms. Some films will be shown exclusively in the UK, some in Europe, and some around the world. Guests of the festival will be able to access films for free (except for the opening and closing pictures), but by prior registration. Spectators will also enjoy master classes from Danila Kozlovsky, Dmitry Glukhovsky, Alexander Kuznetsov, Brian Cox, Q&A sessions with the creators of the films, and other events.