Maria Mironova is a Soviet and Russian actress. Mironova was born on 28 May 1973 in Moscow to Andrei Mironov, after graduating from school, she entered The Vakhtangov Theatre Academy. In 1992, Mironova gave birth to a son, Andrei, in 1993, she turned to Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. Since 1997, Mironova has been working in the Lenkom Theatre and she received the title of Meritorious Artist of the Russian Federation in April 2007. In April 2007 she received the national Golden Mask theatre award in the Best Actress category for her performance as Phaedra in the play Phaedra, the Wedding Tycoon Night Watch The State Counsellor The Fall of the Empire Space Race Day Watch Earthquake Official site of Maria Mironova
Ilya Igorevich Lagutenko is the founder and lead singer of MTV Award-winning band Mumiy Troll. He was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, soon after his birth his father died, and the family moved to Vladivostok. In school he became engrossed in studying Chinese and he sang with a children’s choir that took him to many Russian cities as they traveled through half of the country. Ilya formed his first psychedelic punk band named Boney P at the age of 11, in 1992, he graduated from the Far Eastern State University as a specialist in the Mandarin and Chinese Economy. He served in the Russian Air Navy, ilya worked in China and Great Britain with a commercial consulting firm. In 1983, he founded the rock group Mumiy Troll and he was chosen a Man of the Year 2005 for November by Glamour magazine and Musician of the Year by GQ many times. Ilya Lagutenko has changed not only the music but the clothes, the fringe à la Lagutenko, soft meowing intonations, The Smile people attributed a special meaning to ¬- these features of one man were adopted by an entire generation.
Lagutenko starred as a vampire in the Russian blockbuster The Night Watch and his face is on the cover of the American release. The album won in several categories at the 10th Independent Music Awards in the United States, Lagutenko is a well-known supporter of Siberian tiger conservation. He is a patron of AMUR, a British-Russian partnership to protect tigers and their habitat, Mumiy Troll was the first to support the activities of PSI organization fighting AIDS in Russia
Jeanna Vladimirovna Friske, better known by the stage name Zhanna Friske, was a Russian actress and model. She was a member of the girl group Blestyaschie and her father Vladimir Kopylov is of German descent, his mother Paulina Friske was born to a Black Sea German family in the Odessa Oblast in the Soviet Union. She graduated in 1991 from secondary school No and she studied journalism at Moscow University, but abandoned it. Friskes common-law husband is Russian singer and television personality Dmitry Shepelev and they announced via Friskes official Web site on 7 April 2014 that Friske had given birth in Miami, Florida to a son. She first became famous when she joined Blestyashchie in 1996, which she left in 2003 to embark on a career as a singer, actress. She was best known for her roles in films as Night Watch. A 20-minute love scene involving Friske was edited from Day Watch by the director, Timur Bekmambetov and her most successful single was Я была/Ya byla/I Was, which reached the top of the Russian charts, her album was a major success reaching the top in all Russian-speaking countries.
In 1996, she started her career by joining the singing group Blestyashchiye which recorded four solo albums. In 2003 she took part in the reality show The last hero-4 up to its final moment, immediately after returning from that island shooting she announced her withdrawal from Blestyashchiye to begin a solo career. In 2005, she participated again in the reality show The last hero-5, in 2008, she skated with Vitaly Novikov and Maxim Marinin in Ice Age 2. On 4 October 2005, her first solo album was released under the name of Jeanna, some of the songs have been released as music videos, «Лечу в темноту», «La–la-la», «Где-то летом». She appeared in Night Watch as Alisa Donnikova, although most of her scenes were cut, she had a more prominent role in the sequel, Day Watch, and appeared on its posters. She played herself in the film What about the men are speaking of and she played a major part in the detective story Who am I. released in 2010. Friske was photographed for various magazines such as Penthouse, Maxim.
She appeared frequently in society columns though she insisted on her privacy from journalists and she made a large number of advertising campaigns for such corporations as Orient Watch, Rexona. From 2011-12 she was the host of the Russian version of the reality show Paradise Hotel. On 20 January 2014, her husband, Dmitry Shepelev, announced via Friskes website that Friske had been diagnosed with cancer, other sites reported that Friske has been diagnosed with a stage IV glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. She was diagnosed with two months prior to giving birth to her child
Timur Nuruakhitovich Bekmambetov is a Kazakh director and screenwriter who has worked on films, music videos and commercials. He is best known for the film Night Watch and its sequel Day Watch, Bekmambetov was born on 25 June 1961, in the city of Atyrau. It was during this period that Bekmambetov served in the Soviet Army, between 1992 to 1997, Bekmambetov was one of the directors of Bank Imperials award-winning popular World History commercials. In 1994, he founded Bazelevs Group, an advertising and films production, bekmambetovs first feature, Peshavar Waltz, was a violent and realistic look at the war between the USSR Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Afghanistan. The film was dubbed in English as Escape from Afghanistan and released direct-to-video by Roger Corman in 2002, Bekmambetov next produced and directed an eight-parts miniseries for television entitled Our 90s. Bekmambetov returned to directing features, with Roger Corman produced The Arena, the film was a remake of The Arena as the same name.
In 2001, Bekmambetov directed and co-produced the film GAZ-Russian Cars, in 2004, Bekmambetov wrote and directed Night Watch, a popular Russian fantasy film based on the book by Sergey Lukyanenko. The sequel to Night Watch, Day Watch, was likewise written, the two films attracted the attention of Fox Searchlight Pictures, which paid $4 million to acquired worldwide distribution rights. Bekmambetov followed up Day Watch with The Irony of Fate 2 and this sequel to the famous Soviets film The Irony of Fate is the one of the most successful in Russian history, second to Avatar in total box office receipts. Bekmambetov has produced a number of films in the U. S.9, the story of a rag doll in a post-apocalyptic world, was directed by Shane Acker and produced by Bekmambetov, Tim Burton and Jim Lemley. Bekmambetov produced the action movie Black Lightning, the first Russian-language superhero film, in 2010, Bekmambetov produced and was one of the directors of Yolki a. k. a. The Six Degrees to Celebration which became the second highest-grossing Russian movie in Russian box office history, in February 2011 Bazelevs released the Bekmambetov-produced Vykrutasy.
In 2012, Bekmambetov directed and produced the live action adaption of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, produced by Tim Burton and he was awarded the International Filmmaker of the Year award in 2012 by the National Association of Theatre Owners. In 2013, Variety named Bekmambetov one of the most commercially successful Russian directors of the decade and he was placed on top of the list with Feiodor Bondarchuk, Sarik Andreasyan, Pyotr Buslov and Marius Weisberg. International Astana Action Film Festival Yulia Chicherina – Tu-lu-la Yulia Chicherina – Zhara Linkin Park – Powerless Portrait of Timur Bekmambetov Timur Bekmambetov at the Internet Movie Database
Sergei Vasilievich Lukyanenko is a science fiction and fantasy author, writing in Russian, and is one of the most popular contemporary Russian science fiction writers. His works often feature intense action-packed plots, interwoven with the dilemma of keeping ones humanity while being strong. Recently his works have been adapted into film productions, for which he wrote the screenplays and he was a blogger, keeping a blog at LiveJournal, and posting both personal and public information or snippets of a book in progress. His first blog was discontinued on 11 July 2008 after a conflict with readers over the issue of foreign adoptions of Russian children and he started another blog a few days later, promising firmer moderation policies. Lukyanenko was born in Karatau, Kazakhstan, a part of the Soviet Union, to a Russian-Ukrainian father, after graduating from school, he moved to Alma-Ata, and enrolled at the Alma-Ata State Medical Institute in 1986 majoring in psychotherapy. He had started writing as a student, and had just started making money from it, during this time he became an active member in Russian fandom, visiting conventions and attending seminars all around the Soviet Union.
In 1993, he was appointed deputy editor at a local Science Fiction magazine and this was one of the hardest periods of Sergeis life, as his family struggled to make ends meet. He often attributes the rather grim tones of his works to those financial and personal hardships, however, by the mid-90s the situation improved drastically, but soon his growing popularity as a writer made frequent trips to Russia increasingly burdensome. Thus, in 1996 Lukyanenko moved to Moscow, where he currently resides, Sergei Lukyanenko met his future wife, early in 1990, while still at university. He married her the same year and she is a fellow psychologist, and she graduated from Kazakh state university. She now holds a Ph. D. degree in child psychology and their first son, Artemy Lukyanenko, was born in February 2004. Their second son, was born 23 November 2007 and they kept pet mice for some time, and their offspring were awarded to friends and fans. This became a joke in Russian fandom. He still collects toy and souvenir mouse figures and they own two Yorkshire Terriers named Busya and Varya.
Lukyanenkos name is romanized as Sergey Lukianenko on the English version of his official website, other spellings such as Sergey Lukyanenko are found. Lukyanenko started writing in the mid-80s, and his first publication, first works of this period shows clear influence of famous Russian childrens author and teacher Vladislav Krapivin, a fan of whose Lukyanenko remains up to this day. These works, such as novella Eighth Color of Rainbow featured the themes of coming of age and friendship, as well as teenage protagonists. However, he moved from imitation to the polemic position towards Krapivins somewhat idealistic views of children
Nikolay Vladimiriovich Olyalin was a Soviet-Ukrainian actor of Russian ethnicity. As a child, Olyalin took drama classes at school, after graduating at 1964, he joined the Krasnoyarsk Childrens Theater, where - in spite of having tense relations with the director - he was considered the best comical actor among the cast. There, he met his wife, who was the secretary of the local Komsomol. Olyalin made his debut on screen depicting a test pilot in the 1965 film Days of Summer, afterwards, he received many invitations to play in other motion pictures, but the Theater manager never told him of those and threw them away. When a letter from the Mosfilm studio reached Krasnoyarsk, offering Olyalin the main role in Yuri Ozerovs Liberation and he claimed to be sick, took a leave and boarded a flight to Moscow. The character of Captain Tzvetaev, which he portrayed in the five parts of Liberation, at 1968, during the filming of Ozerovs series, Olyalin met director Vasili Tzvirkunov from the Dovzhenko Film Studios and accepted his proposal to work with the company.
He starred in films during the early 1970s, among which was the popular Gentlemen of Fortune. Overall, he appeared in some sixty cinema and television productions until his departure, olyalins career was compromised when he sunk into severe alcoholism, and banned from acting for a while. The secretary of the Communist Party in Ukraine, Volodymyr Shcherbytsky, Olyalin told an interviewer that since he didnt drink a drop. After resuming his work, he was granted the title Peoples Artist of Ukraine at 1979, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Olyalin stayed in the newly independent Ukraine. At 1992, he directed his own film, Volya and he has been a member of the Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers and awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, fifth class, by the Ukrainian government. He continued to perform in his years, playing the Inquisitor in Night Watch. Olyalin suffered from a condition, apparently caused by being exposed to radiation during the Chernobyl disaster. He died of an attack at 2009 and was laid to rest in the Baikove Cemetery.
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Moscow International Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival, is the film festival first held in Moscow in 1935 and became regular since 1959. From its inception to 1959 it was held every year in July. The festival has been held annually since 1995, the festivals top prize is the statue of Saint George slaying the dragon, as represented on the Coat of Arms of Moscow. Nikita Mikhalkov has been the president since 2000. Over the years the Stanislavsky Award—I Believe, in 2012 this prize was awarded to French actress Catherine Deneuve. In 2012 the jury was headed by the Brazilian director Hector Babenco, the Perspectives Jury was chaired by the filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina. The program director of the Festival is Kirill Razlogov, the White Bird Marked with Black 1973 – That Sweet Word, Liberty
Cinema of Russia
The cinema of Russia began in the Russian Empire, widely developed in the Soviet Union and in the years following its dissolution, the Russian film industry would remain internationally recognized. In the 21st century, Russian cinema has become popular internationally with hits such as House of Fools, Night Watch, the Moscow International Film Festival began in Moscow in 1935. The Nika Award is the annual national film award in Russia. The first films seen in the Russian Empire were brought in by the Lumière brothers and that same month, Lumière cameraman Camille Cerf made the first film in Russia, recording the coronation of Nicholas II at the Kremlin. Aleksandr Drankov produced the first Russian narrative film Stenka Razin, based on events told in a folk song. Ladislas Starevich made the first Russian animated film in 1910 - Lucanus Cervus, among the notable Russian filmmakers of the era were Aleksandr Khanzhonkov and Ivan Mozzhukhin, who made Defence of Sevastopol in 1912. Yakov Protazanov made Departure of a Grand Old Man, a film about Lev Tolstoy.
During World War I, imports dropped drastically, and Russian filmmakers turned out anti-German, in 1916,499 films were made in Russia, more than three times the number of just three years earlier. The Russian Revolution brought more change, with a number of films with anti-Tsarist themes, the last significant film of the era, made in 1917, Father Sergius would become the first new film release of the Soviet era. For much of the Soviet Unions history, with exceptions in the 1920s. As with much Soviet art during the 1920s, films addressed major social and political events of the time, other notable films of the period include Vsevolod Pudovkins Mother and Dziga Vertovs Man with a Movie Camera. One of the most popular films released in the 1930s was Circus, notable films from the 1940s include Aleksandr Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible. Immediately after the end of the Second World War, the Soviet color films such as The Stone Flower, Ballad of Siberia, the Height is considered to be one of the best films of the 1950s.
Russian cinema of the 90s acquired new features and themes, the film received an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. In the context of the Russian World War II history Pavel Chukhrai filmed The Thief, the film was awarded with 6 national prizes Nika, got a special prize in Venice and became the Oscar nominee. The profound Dmitri Meskhiyevs melodrama Womans property reflected subtle relationship between student and older actress that grew into love-affair. The awaited death of one of the leaves the other facing the bitter loneliness. East/West co-production film tells history of years of Stalinism as a story of emigre family living in the USSR
Channel One Russia
Channel One is the first television channel to broadcast in the Russian Federation. It has its headquarters in the Technical Center Ostankino near the Ostankino Tower, First among Russias country-wide channels, Channel One has more than 250 million viewers worldwide. From 1995 to 2002 the channel was known as Public Russian Television or Russian Public Television. Channel One has produced films, including four of the highest-grossing Russian movies after the Soviet collapse, Night Watch, The Turkish Gambit, Day Watch. It airs the Russian adaptations of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Star Factory, as well as many homegrown productions. 1991,1992 Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers,1991,1992 Disneys Adventures of the Gummi Bears. 1992 When the Soviet Union was abolished, the Russian Federation took over most of its structures, One of the first acts of Boris Yeltsin’s new government was his signing of a presidential decree on 27 December 1991, providing for Russian jurisdiction over the central television system.
The ‘All-Union State TV and Radio Company’ was transformed into the Russian State TV, a presidential decree of 30 November 1994 transformed Ostankino into a closed joint-stock company, Russian Public TV. The shares were distributed between state agencies and private shareholders, including numerous banks, the partial privatization was inspired by the intolerable financial situation of Ostankino owing to huge transmission costs and a bloated payroll. Following the 1998 financial collapse, the channel obtained a government loan of $100 million from state-controlled bank Vneshekonombank, in 1998, the closed joint stock company was transformed into an open stock company. However, controlling votes on the board of directors remained in the hands of structures linked to then-Kremlin-connected businessman Boris Berezovsky, thanks to this state of affairs, Berezovsky was able to preserve control over the channel’s cash flows as well as over its editorial line until 2002. From 1 April 1995 until late 2002, the channel was called ORT and it maintained the traditional programs and shows of the First Channel of the Soviet Television, such as Vremya, KVN, Chto.
V mire zhivotnykh and Klub puteshestvennikov, the last two are no longer on the air of this channel, Sergey Dorenko, popularly dubbed as TV-killer, was a close ally of business oligarch and media magnate Boris Berezovsky. From September 1999 to September 2000 he hosted the weekly program simply called Sergey Dorenkos Program on Saturdays at 9 pm. This was especially heavy on criticism and mercilessly attacked Putin’s opponents, in August 2000, his program criticized how the Putin government handled the explosion of the Russian submarine Kursk. Ernst stated that he yanked the show because Dorenko had defied his orders to stop discussing the plan to nationalize Boris Berezovskys 49-percent stake in the network. Berezovsky claims that in 2001 he was forced by the Putin administration to sell his shares and he first tried to sell them to a third party, but failed. Soon after Berezovskys withdrawal, the new ownership changed the name to Pervy Kanal
Rimma Vasilievna Markova was a Russian film actress. She was named a Peoples Artist of Russia in 1994, whereas her younger brother Leonid Markov was named a Peoples Artist of the USSR in 1985, during her childhood from 1931 through 1934, Markova played minor roles in Saratov Dramatic Theatre, where her father was working. In 1945–1947, Rimma Markova studied at the affiliated with the Vologda Dramatic Theatre with her brother Leonid. She appeared in small but memorable parts in numerous Soviet films, markovas public profile increased in the early 21st century. She began appearing regularly on Russian TV shows and campaigned enthusiastically for the Fair Russia political party during the 2011 legislative elections, the partys candidate for the 2012 presidential election, Sergei Mironov, asked Markova to run his campaign. Her popularity across the country is a part of mythology, he told the Moscow Times, poslednyaya doroga Kazhdyy okhotnik zhelaet znat. Tyotya Marusya Blagie namereniya Chelovecheskiy faktor Idushchiy sledom Polosa prepyatstviy Mirgorod i ego obitateli Obryv Beregite muzhchin, the Pokrovsky Gate Predel zhelaniy Otpusk za svoy schyot Family Relations Shlyapa Poka bezumstvuyet mechta A u nas byla tishina.
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Night Watch (Lukyanenko novel)
Night Watch is the fantasy novel by the Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko to feature his fictional world of the Others. Lukyanenko wrote the story in 1998 and the book was first published in Russia by AST in 1998, the novel is first in a cycle that continues with Day Watch, Twilight Watch, Final Watch, New Watch, and Sixth Watch. In the storys worldline there exists a magical realm beneath the surface of all things—referred to as the Twilight, the action in the novel centers on a group of people referred to as the Others —human beings who tapped into the Twilight and gained supernormal abilities. The Others were the humans from long ago who figured out how to step into the Twilight, the Others are different from humans, they are born as Others. Humans are not able to become Others, the Twilight does not offer its gifts freely, it feeds off the strength of those Others who enter it. If sufficiently weakened, they are consumed, never to return to the ordinary world, the aura of any Other, or emotional state at the time of their first entry into the Twilight, determines whether or not the Other will become a Light or Dark Other.
Furthermore, once determined either Light or Dark, an Other must choose what specific powers they will borrow from the Twilight, variations such as vampires and healers are all possible, each with their own benefits and restrictions. Often, the choice is made by the state of mind but if choosing Light or Dark during Initiation, Initiation refers to the process of an Other choosing not Light or Dark but choosing to officially be a part of the Night Watch or Day Watch. An Other can exist without being initiated as part of a Watch, still capable of entering the Twilight. The choice of becoming light or dark, even what specific powers you gain is usually final, the division of Light and Dark had always existed between the Others. Those of the Light believed it was their duty to help the weak and those of the Dark shunned all obligations. They did what they wanted, regardless of morals and consequences, for many millennia, the two sides fought a vicious battle. Both were willing to use any means necessary to achieve victory, eventually they realized that if they continued their battle, neither side would survive.
The leaders of both sides forged the Grand Treaty—a set of laws to govern the way the Others used their powers, the Light Others created the Night Watch, the Dark Others the Day Watch, to ensure that neither side would violate the Treaty. The Inquisition, a composed of both Dark and Light Others, was created to arbitrate. If they spend them too quickly, the Others can use the feelings, the Dark Others use negative emotions such as pain or anger, the Light Others use positive emotions such as joy. Feeding on pain causes pain to increase, feeding on joy causes joy to wane, since the signing of the Treaty, the Night Watch and the Day Watch have kept their eyes on each other, diligently policing every violation. The old leaders continue to plot, using humanity and the Others as their pawns, only time will tell which side will prevail