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5 promising debutants

Russian cinema faces boom in the directorial debuts: although plenty of first directorial works were filmed in previous years, just in 2018, the total box office receipts exceeded two billion rubles. Here is an overview of directors worth special attention to follow up and foster this success.

Actress Oleg Trofim
Oleg Trofim
29 years old

He grew up in the family of musicians (father is a geologist, singer and composer, mother is a producer), since childhood he has been passionate about directing, and combined these both hobbies, creating video clips. His first video was shot for his brother, the soloist of the group Downcast, and after - for most of the St. Petersburg musicians. In 2012, Oleg graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Cinema and TV, with the major “Film and Television Direction”, and in 2013, he began working with the young production company “Hype Production”. His works include remarkable commercials for Google and Nike, Yandex and Coca-Cola, music videos for Sirotkin and L`One.

His portfolio was first filled with “big“ movies after he started to cooperate with the film company "Hydrogen" and the Studio "Art Pictures". Producers Aleksandr Andryushchenko, Mikhail Vrubel and Fedor Bondarchuk decided to give the 27-year-old director the carte blanche at the shooting of the sports drama “Ice”, which plot has been developed since 2012. It was he who turned the story of a little girl from Irkutsk, who stands the pass of a figure skater's career despite all obstacles and injuries, into a vivid and bold musical. Zemfira's songs are there along with Ivan Dorn's tracks, and the clip montage is combined with close-ups on the most dramatic moments. Their experimental debut got a success: “Ice” collected over a half billion rubles at the box office. And its director is now engaged into a new project and shooting the film "Attraction 2".

The most
memorable projects:
Image of the film «Ice» (2018)
«Ice» (2018)
Budget 150 000 000
Box office 1 502 178 175
Viewers 6 349 433
The most memorable projects:
Image of the film «Ice» (2018)
«Ice» (2018)
Budget 150 000 000 rub.
Box office 1 502 178 175 rub.
Viewers 6 349 433 people
Actress Aleksey Nuzhny
Aleksey Nuzhny
34 years old

He has shot his first feature film just this year and won the loyalty of the audience at once. Aleksey Nuzhny debited almost 10 years ago, in 2009 with the release of the first short film “Sneakers”. Then was the period of studies at the New York Academy of Cinema and participation in the Jameson First Shot competition, where he became a finalist and took Kevin Spacey himself in his short "Envelope". After that, the director with a profile education, experience in conducting events and participating in KVN was in demand for comedy projects. Nuzhny worked as a screenwriter in the films “Moms” and “The Right to Love”, shot short films that won at film festivals, and took part in the New Year's Almanac “New Yolki”. In 2016, he changed his course into TV - and released the comedy series with Yana Troyanova “Olga”, which gained massive popularity with the audience.

His films feature narration about today’s real life in a funny manner, free from toilet humor, but in ironic tone over today's reality. With this approach Nuzhny won the hearts of the audience “I'm Losing Weight”: The key problem he devoted his feature-length debut to, was not overweight, but self-esteem, so he managed to turn the popular topic in the country into a serious argument without moralizing. His next project - a remake of the Italian hit “Ideal Strangers" - the picture "Speakerphone" about human secrets. With Irina Gorbacheva, Maria Mironova in the lead role and the Quartet I’s full cast.
The most
memorable projects:
Image of the film «Im Losing Weight» (2018)
«Im Losing Weight» (2018)
Budget 80 000 000
Box office 670 319 982
Viewers 2 716 135
The most memorable projects:
Image of the film «Im Losing Weight» (2018)
«Im Losing Weight» (2018)
Budget 80 000 000 rub.
Box office 670 319 982 rub.
Viewers 2 716 135 people
Actress Kantemir Balagov
Kantemir Balagov
27 years old

A complete contradiction to the wording “There is no life behind the Moscow Ring Road” - mottoed Kantemir Balagov’s movie “Tesnota” about his native Nalchik at the 90s last year that struck first the Cannes jury of the Special Mention program, and then Russian critics at Kinotavr. He was a pupil of Alexander Sokurov creative workshop, inherited from his master a subtle sense of reality, but still doesn’t set sights too high on the scope the themes risen in his films. Balagov's films feature personal, sincere stories, free from any imitations and attempts to be borrow idea which is so typical of many debutants. His shooting manner more resembles Eastern European cinematographers than his compatriots, in terms of perfectionism, which will be demonstrated in his second film after the debut, - close to typical features of his Western colleagues.

His films are far from being “mass” (“Insecurity” hit 5.5 million rubles at the box office) and his style may rather be defined as approach to prestige and quality. Perhaps that is why the main mastodon of Russian cinema, producer Alexander Rodnyansky, handled Balagov: his studio AR Content took up Kantemir’s new project “Dylda”. The theme is a woman who is trying to start living again, returning from the trenches of World War II. Shooting is about to begin.
The most
memorable projects:
Image of the film «Tesnota» (2017)
«Tesnota» (2017)
Budget ~12 000 000
Box office 5 696 947
Viewers 21 300
The most memorable projects:
Image of the film «Tesnota» (2017)
«Tesnota» (2017)
Budget ~12 000 000 rub.
Box office 5 696 947 rub.
Viewers 21 300 people
Actress Aleksandr Hunt
Aleksandr Hunt
33 years old

Having graduated from the SPbGUKiT Camera Faculty first, and then from the VGIK Director’s Faculty (workshop of Karen Shakhnazarov and Oleg Shukher), he started shooting surreal short films until he released the full-length road movie: the tragicomedy “How Vitka Garlic drove Lech Shtyr to the disabled home” which turned to be the best depiction of day-to-day realities. This story of the misadventures of the 27-year-old quitter Vitka, who is driving his father, a criminal over long distance, in a red minibus, to take him to a disabled home, unexpectedly touched all the hidden strings of the Russian soul. “Flavoured” with the soundtrack from “Husky” and “Mushrooms”, shot with technicolor beating on the eyes, this story takes turns to Balabanov, and to Tarantino himself, but in the end “travels” on the signature of Hunt himself. For today he is the main contender for the creation of a new Russian folklore and a master of eerie acid chocolate-box pictures.

The director’s second project “Interseason”, for which he is now raising money by crowdfunding, is devoted to young people, to be exact, to the real story of Pskov schoolchildren who run away from their home with guns and pull the trigger at the critical moment. A complex theme, independent project and bold author's opinion… For now, almost half of the necessary funds have been collected, and the director himself announced an All-Russian casting for the featured actors.
The most
memorable projects:
Image of the film «How viktor the garlic took alexey the stud to the nursing home» (2017)
«How viktor the garlic took alexey the stud to the nursing home» (2017)
Budget 25 000 000
Box office 4 151 202
Viewers 15 647
The most memorable projects:
Image of the film «How viktor the garlic took alexey the stud to the nursing home» (2017)
«How viktor the garlic took alexey the stud to the nursing home» (2017)
Budget 25 000 000 rub.
Box office 4 151 202 rub.
Viewers 15 647 people
Actress Aleksey Krasovsky
Aleksey Krasovsky
47 years old

Reasonably (based on his age and experience), the director and screenwriter Alexei Krasovsky could hardly be referred today to a debutant. At the same time, he started to shoot his feature film only two years ago - and at once was nominated for the participation in the main Kinotavr competition. A hermetic thriller, in which Konstantin Khabensky plays one-person big drama of a small (and rather cruel) boy, was welcomed by the festival audience. And after that, which is of not less importance, by ordinary viewers as well. Being a low-budget project by the "big" cinema standards project (the budget of the film was 16 million), it was three times paid off at the box office, collecting 46 million rubles.

It was not the main character played by one of the country's most recognizable actors, to reason the success, but a strong and complete story that does not sag any of the 76 minutes of screen time. For this and next year (distributors will judge) two feature films are planned at once by Krasovsky: the black comedy “Holiday” with Pavel Derevianko and Pavel Tabakov and the film “Elephant” with the participation of the French writer and actor Frederick Begbeder. Part of the funds for the creation of these projects, were collected by the director through crowdfunding. And something prompts us that in future, he will likewise the previous times - firmly and quickly – make back the money invested in his stories.

The most
memorable projects:
Image of the film «Collector» (2016)
«Collector» (2016)
Budget ~16 000 000
Box office 46 110 123
Viewers 170 839
The most memorable projects:
Image of the film «Collector» (2016)
«Collector» (2016)
Budget ~16 000 000 rub.
Box office 46 110 123 rub.
Viewers 170 839 people
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