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Jarmusch, Tarantino, and HSE: Premiers at the Cannes Festival

Jarmusch, Tarantino, and HSE: Premiers at the Cannes Festival

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On May 14, the 72nd Cannes Film Festival opens with Jim Jarmusch’s film, The Dead Don't Die. The official Russian delegation to the festival includes students of the Higher School of Cinema ‘Arka’, which offers joint continuing education programmes with HSE’s Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design. Students' short films will be shown as part of the annual almanac, Global Russians.

While Tarantino and Jarmusch vie for a Golden Palm, the Global Russian 2019 project will be presented at the Russian Pavilion in Cannes. Participating in Roskino (‘Russian Film’), the film almanac founded eight years ago, presents a unique opportunity for young directors. To go to the Cannes Film Festival, participants must create a 60-second dramatic film on a specified theme (this year, the theme was ‘Mercy is the capital of the future’) and successfully pass a competitive selection process. After a professional jury vote, the best works are gathered in the Global Russians almanac and included in the Short Film Corner programme at the Cannes International Film Market, Marche Du Film.

This year, Anton Shebanov, Olga Tarasova, Vyacheslav Shiryaev, Irina Sadchikova, Elena Nodel and Zaur Tsogoev were selected to participate in the 2019 film almanac. All six are students of Nikolai Lebedev’s directors’ workshop.

Nikolai Lebedev

Director

It is a wonderful thing when doors to the field swing open at an international festival. My graduates have an opportunity to prove themselves in Cannes and to show what they’re capable of. These are talented, passionate, and driven kids. I hope their paths ahead are long and bright, and that they will be among those who will be able to introduce a new intonation to cinema and our world in addition to opening new perspectives.

According to Dmitry Kotov, rector of the Higher School of Cinema ‘Arka’ and academic supervisor of the new HSE Master’s Programme ‘Multi-Platform Film Production’, you can’t say that the winning film creators are newcomers. For example, Olga Tarasova and Vyacheslav Shiryaev have worked in television, Irina Sadchikova has experience with photography, and Anton Shebanov has his own video production. However, the directorial experience in dramatic film was a new step in the profession for them.

Dmitry Kotov

 

Rector of the Higher School of Cinema ‘Arka’, Academic Supervisor of the new Master’s Programme ‘Multi-Platform Film Production’ at HSE

Our director's course works as a continuing education programme, so this provides students with additional professional training. Though the students had peripheral experience with directing, Nikolai Lebedev’s workshop allowed them to truly and systematically immerse themselves in it. Visitors of the Russian Pavilion in Cannes can see the short films—it is a great opportunity for our students to get noticed both inside and outside of Russia.

Audience of the short films will include, first and foremost, leading Russian producers, who are not always accessible to novice directors. International filmmakers interested in Russia’s new generation of artists and possibilities of collaboration will also be among the films’ audiences.

Dmitry Kotov noted that the Master's Programme in Multi-Platform Film Production plans to utilize all of the best technology and resources it has gained during its two-year existence at HSE and the Higher School of Cinema ‘Arka’. ‘The educational programmes of Arka have always been geared towards industry demand. And the Master’s programme will also be practice-oriented, with a focus on modern trends and hands-on projects.’

It is a wonderful thing when doors to the field swing open at an international festival. My graduates have an opportunity to prove themselves in Cannes and to show what they’re capable of. These are talented, passionate, and driven kids. I hope their paths ahead are long and bright, and that they will be among those who will be able to introduce a new intonation to cinema and our world in addition to opening new perspectives.

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