“Odessa” is a picture of how director Valery Todorovsky remembered his childhood and “the entire disappeared mainland called the Soviet Union”. Todorovsky so seriously approached the issue of transferring the atmosphere of that time, that he even removed his retro tape on film - “for grain”.
August, 1970. A yellow quarantine flag was hoisted above Odessa due to the outbreak of the cholera epidemic. Exactly that day, a plane of Boris (Evgeny Tsyganov) and his son Valery landed at the airport of the city. They came from Moscow to stay with relatives - father-in-law (Leonid Yarmolnik) and mother-in-law of Boris (Irina Rozanova). Departure from the city is closed, and Muscovites are forced to delay.
In an interview, Todorovsky noted that his film is “about relationships, breaking ties and, most importantly, that at some point, under the influence of external or other circumstances, people cease to be afraid and begin to allow themselves to feel, breathe, to be themselves” .
“It 2” (It Chapter Two)
Andy Muschetti completed the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “It”. The first film, released in 2017, gathered an impressive box office. The second, thus, became one of the most anticipated film events of the year.
The matured members of the Losers Club (now William Hader Jr., James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain) have long left Derry's hometown and live their own lives. In Derry, only the hero of Aizai Mustafa remained - Mike. It is he who calls friends upon learning that Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) has awakened again.
“It 2” is a point in the story of the infernal clown whose story is painted on the pages of King’s novel. But this completely means that we see Pennywise on the screen for the last time: there is the possibility of creating a prequel. By the way, Musketti was already asked about the prequel, but he answered this question evasively.
Dangerous Secrets (Official Secrets)
The name Official Secrets would be more correctly translated as “state secret” - this, among other things, would tell potential viewers about the subject of the picture.
The film's script with Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Rafe Fiennes is based on a true story. In 2003, British Catherine Gahn, who worked as a translator at the Center for Government Communications (a special service that is responsible for information intelligence and guarding state secrets), found in her email a letter from Frank Cozy, one of the leaders of the US National Security Agency.
It was about wiretapping of several UN delegates - from Cameroon, Chile, Pakistan, Angola, Guinea and Bulgaria. The correspondence of diplomats was supposed to help the States determine how they would vote on the issue of military operations in Iraq. Gan eventually handed the letter to the British The Observer, and journalists published it on the front pages of the publication. Soon, the translator was accused of revealing state secrets.
It is curious that the original cast of the picture included Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany and Martin Freeman, and the director of “Another of the Boleyn Family”, Justin Chadwick, was to shoot the picture. As a result, Oscar-winning director Gavin Hood was assigned to do the tape.
Every summer in sunny Baku, the international music festival "Heat" is held. Here you can listen to the hits of Philip Kirkorov, Grigory Leps, Valery, Ani Lorak, Yegor Creed, Sergey Lazarev, Nikolai Baskov and many other artists in live performance, or even meet the stars right on the street. The heroine of the tape "Heat" Dasha was lucky most of all - she generally flies in the same plane with the whole team of artists.
The opportunity to be among the headliners of the festival fell to her after winning the vocal competition "Voice". However, Dasha herself is in no hurry to rejoice: the scene is demanding and every now and then interferes with creativity. Speaking at the closing of the festival, Dasha prefers a walk in Baku.
"Heat" is a production project of Azerbaijani musician Emin Agalarov (known as Emin).
“Where did you go, Bernadette?” (Where'd You Go, Bernadette)
Bernadette Fox is a sociophobe: she communicates with people only when absolutely necessary. Relatives do not understand Bernadette, and life in rainy Seattle does not add optimism to her. Behind the huge black glasses, the heroine hides the impending depression. The fact is that twenty years ago, Bernadette was an influential person in world architecture, but because of an unpleasant story she had to give up her favorite business and even change her place of residence. Therefore, she planned an escape in order to break out of the routine and start creating again.
If the heroine runs away from the family to work, then the performer of the main role Cate Blanchett now has different priorities. It is possible that the role of Bernadette in the film of Richard Linklater is the last in her film career. During the world premiere of the film, the actress said that it was time to stop. Blanchett spoke out on this topic back in 2013, recalled her plans in a February conversation with Julia Roberts, and now has apologized for her work in the upcoming film.
Nevertheless, viewers will see the actress in the mini-series Miss America, scheduled for 2020, as well as, possibly, in the thriller-long-lived David Mumit's Blackbird, which premiered in 2015.
"Default" (Gukgabudoeui nal)
The global financial crisis of 2008 - aka The Great Recession - is well known to everyone. Interpretation of financial collapse involved Oliver Stone (“Wall Street: Money Does Not Sleep”), Adam Mackay (“Playing for a Slump”), JC Chandor (“The Limit of Risk”) and others.
The Asian financial crisis of 1997 was rarely mentioned by cinema. The default drama tells how the South Korean government declared itself bankrupt and then turned to the International Monetary Fund (represented by Vincent Kassel) for help.
“Work without authorship” (Werk ohne Autor)
Kurt Bartnert (his prototype is the living artist Gerhard Richter) emigrates from the German Democratic Republic to West Germany in search of creative freedom and hopes to get rid of the demands to demonstrate socialist realism in his works. Success will be brought to him by paintings created using the sfumato technique, which will reflect the artist’s traumatic past.
For the English-speaking audience, the title of the film by Florian Henkel von Donnersmark (“The Life of Others”) sounds like “Never look away”. “Work without authorship,” or Werk ohne Autor, the tape was entitled in honor of Richter’s hyper-realistic paintings, which critics christened in this way because of the lack of a subjective component.
The artist’s life was not easy - it is likely that an interesting fate awaits the film about him. The world premiere of the picture took place at the Venice Film Festival, where he did not receive the Golden Lion, but won the Young Cinema Award.
At Richter himself, the tape left an extremely unpleasant impression; he refused to give detailed comments in the media, noting only that he was disgusted by both the film and the director.
Sharks (Los tiburones)
In a small coastal town, panic rose: sharks sailed into the local waters, as evidenced by the torn body of a sea lion. However, the main heroine of the film, Rosin, does not care much - she focuses on feelings for the young man. He, however, is in no hurry to pay attention to her, but Rosina is not going to give up easily.
Sharks is a pretty successful start to Uruguayan debutant Lucia Garibaldi (she is also the author of the script). The tape won a prize at the Sundance Film Festival for best directing.