FESTIVAL REPORT: In Berlin, Two Russian Films Compete, 40 Are Up For Sale

on February 08, 2013

Berlin.jpgTwo Russian films have been selected for competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, which opened today. The prestigious European festival chose Boris Khlebnikov's  A Long and Happy Life, which tracks a rural activist fighting the government for land rights, and Svetlana Baskova's black comedy For Marx! for two of its highly contested slots. They join a broad slate of big name and unknown Russian films shopping for distribution during the 11 day festival. Among the 40 films looking for a buyer are the hiker horror flick The Dyatlov Pass Incident, directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger), Fedor Bondarchuk's 3D IMAX epic Stalingrad, and Soulless, the $13 million minor Russian hit that stars Danila Kozlovskiy, the burgeoning heartthrob who's just been cast in the most promising post-Twilight teen franchise hit Vampire Academy

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