Oksana Akinshina and Varvara Shmykova opened the street cinema festival

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Best short films will be selected using flashlights

The Street Film Festival will take place in several cities at once, including Moscow, despite the antiquated restrictions. Short films, in which the most popular artists are willingly filmed, will be shown in the open air.

However, the opening of the festival was not at all outdoors, but took place in a respectable cinema hall, where a competition program of nine films was presented. The audience will vote for the best film with the help of flashlights: the brightest illumination is the best film. Producers, directors and actors were the first to appreciate the program. Among them are Oksana Akinshina, Varvara Shmykova, Anna Kotova-Deryabina, Nikolai Kovbas, Mikhail Troinik. Nobody presented their works from the stage, they were just shown in a block. Some films were made by novice filmmakers in film schools, some by experienced filmmakers. For example, cameraman Mikhail Krichman, who shot all of Andrei Zvyagintsev’s films, took part in the short-length project “Play for Everyone” by Ivan Petukhov. Oksana Karas, behind whose shoulders “Doctor Lisa”, shot a 15-minute film “The Bodyguard” again with the participation of Chulpan Khamatova, who played herself in the proposed circumstances. She walks onstage wearing diamonds from a prestigious brand for the award. She is accompanied by a security guard performed by the imperturbable Alexander Roebuck. He will appear with a suitcase filled with jewels, and will not leave Chulpan for a minute, ensuring the safety of the diamonds. Events will take an unpredictable turn. The picture is dashingly made, in it the friendship of Alexander Robak and Maxim Lagashkin, who often star in the same projects, is wittily played.

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Oksana Akinshina.







Another strong tandem – Natalia Meshchaninova and Boris Khlebnikov – is presented by the short film “And Hello” on a topical antique theme. It is about the fears that accompany people during a pandemic. Fearful of everything and the whole person was played by the husband of Natalia Meshchaninova – actor Stepan Devonin. His hero even at home is constantly wearing a mask and gloves. He changes them every ten minutes. And he urges his wife to competently resist the infection. In a word, a person does his best to protect himself and his loved ones, ingloriously fights against nesses who do not wear masks, “let loose” covid drool into a grocery cart in a supermarket. What’s the bottom line? He will become a victim of himself.

In “An Easy Way to Quit Smoking” by Anna Kolchina and Alexei Kuzmin-Tarasov, Igor Vernik starred with his son Grigory Vernik. The 17-year-old hero dreams of ending his virginity. He sends his parents to the dacha to invite a call girl. Instead of a young girl, 45-year-old Victoria Semyonovna comes to him, played by Agrippina Steklova. This will lead to unexpected consequences, as indicated by the title of the movie. More and more often, the heroes of films are people active on the Internet. They post video messages, as did the physics teacher from the city of Nizhnie Dubyshki performed by Ivan Dobronravov in the short film “It seemed”. In the courtyard of his house, he will find a giant ass, make a noise. It will be quickly transformed into an art object in order to win the competition for small towns in the country.

Varvara Shmykova played her namesake in “Var” by Nika Gorbushina, who chose the profession of a firefighter. She will go through fire and water in the literal sense of the word to prove to her father that she is capable of much. All this is quite a strong spectator cinema, which lacks recklessness and ingenious mistakes, which are now allowed only on the territory of a short film.

Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 28560 of June 17, 2021

Newspaper headline:
Bodyguard for Chulpan Khamatova

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