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Russian Snark to screen at Cannes Cinephines

Very exciting! Russian Snark screens at Cannes Cinephiles on Friday 18 May at 21H at the Cinema Le Raimu. Other NZ films screening are The Orator and Love Birds – check em out if you missed them in NZ! Wish we could be there!

Nadia on the Rock - Russian Snark

Address : Le Raimu : Parc de Ranguin MJC, 06400 Cannes La Bocca http://www.cannes-cinema.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=79&Itemid=101

 

Russian Snark Screening in Paris


January 24th we screened our baby to a Parisian audience. Luckily we had a superb French subtitles version by the lovely Raphaelle, and the audience totally got it.  Laughter throughout and lots of applause at the end were a wonderful intro for me as I went into the Q & A which lasted about 40 minutes.  I got into my French stride and and managed to parlez Francais throughout!  Lots of fun to be sure!  Thanks so much to Bernard Bories from the Cinema Anitpodes and the Australian Embassy for the venue and the NZ Embassy for the NZ wine, and also to a great audience!

Published February 11th, 2012 at 11:38 am

Heading to Rotterdam for the Producers Lab

Russian Snark gets a screening in Paris at the Australian Embassy on the 24th January and then I head to Rotterdam for the Producers Lab with Stephen’s next film Distant Fires – under my arm!
Rotterdam Lab: 78 producers going Dutch

 

 

WIFT salutes Russian Snark win in Brussels

http://www.wiftnz.org.nz/news/2011/11/15/kiwi-snark-wins-best-film-in-brussels.aspx

NZ feature film Russian Snark has won the top prize at the 38th International Festival of Independent Film in Brussels. The award is doubly thrilling for writer/director Stephen Sinclair and producer Liz DiFiore (congratulations to WIFT member Liz) because the film was only invited to screen in competition at the festival two weeks ago. The late inclusion was thanks to a glowing recommendation from Bernard Bories, director of the St Tropez Film Festival, whereRussian Snark screened in mid-October.
Two other NZ features – Matariki and Predicament – screened in competition at the Belgium fest, with a third – My Wedding and Other Secrets – screening outside the competition.
Also playing at the festival were five NZ shorts: BlueEbony SocietyHaurakiMunted, andPreferably Blue.
Russian Snark, which enjoyed a critically acclaimed NZ cinema release earlier this year, has just been released on DVD.

 

 

 

 

On Film on Russian Snark Gong

http://www.onfilm.co.nz/2011/11/10/russian-snark-wins-best-film-in-brussels/

NZ feature film Russian Snark has won the top prize at the 38th International Festival of Independent Film in Brussels.

The award is doubly thrilling for writer/director Stephen Sinclair and producer Liz DiFiore because the film was only invited to screen in competition at the festival two weeks ago. The late inclusion was thanks to a glowing recommendation from Bernard Bories, director of the St Tropez Film Festival, where Russian Snark screened in mid-October.

Two other NZ features – Matariki and Predicament – screened in competition at the Belgium fest, with a third – My Wedding and Other Secrets – screening outside the competition.

Matariki won two awards – Best Director for Michael Bennett and Best Actor for Iaheto Ah Hi.

Also playing at the festival were five NZ shorts: BlueEbony SocietyHaurakiMunted, and Preferably Blue.

The prizes for the Kiwi filmmakers were collected on their behalf by UK-based NZ actress Celeste Wong, who appears in My Wedding and Other Secrets and was an official guest of the festival.

Russian Snark, which enjoyed a critically acclaimed NZ cinema release earlier this year, has just been released on DVD.

 

 

 

Published November 14th, 2011 at 10:24 am

The Awards – Russian Snark top film in Brussels

Not Your Lewis Carroll Snark!

NZ Video have reviewed Russian Snark – check it out here! http://www.nzvideos.org/russianreview.html

Not Your Lewis Carroll Snark

 

In 1996 two Russians left Vladivostok in a home-made boat for an extended island-hopping Pacific adventure. In November of 1999, they heard about the America’s Cup and decided to head for New Zealand.Their unlikely adventure caught the attention of Russian film fan and screenwriter, Stephen Sinclair, who gradually developed a script that, as he stated, “sought to create an eccentric comedy drama, which is artistically engaging and accessible; thought-provoking and entertaining”. He succeeded.

Sinclair developed a Russian filmmaker, Misha, who feels he is no longer appreciated in post-soviet Russia and has decided that he can pursue his career in New Zealand.

With meagre funds and a less-than-enthusiastic wife, Nadia, they arrive to find that New Zealanders apparently are no more appreciative of his concept of cinema art than his fellow Russians. Misha refuses to accept this, while Nadia tries to get him to face the realities of basic living.

Nadia finds work as an exotic dancer, which unfortunately leads to stripping which leads to Misha becoming unglued, but he still will not alter his artistic beliefs and efforts which, ironically, also involve nudity but in outdoor natural settings.

As Misha becomes more and more irratic and obsessed, Nadia leaves, moving to an apartment offered by her thugish employer. This is the tipping point for Misha and things turn dark – for both of them.

His sympathetic landlady, Roseanne, saves Misha in more than one way and gradually by spending time with her and her two children, he begins to see life differently. Misha goes from believing – “To trust in unknown is to trust in Life”, to feeling that – “It is better to be good man, than great artist”.

I will admit that this is a much better film than I expected. The writing is very good, the production values are high, the photography and soundtrack are excellent and the acting is definately above average. Nearly half of the film is spoken in Russian, with English subtitles provided, and the only significant complaint I can offer is that the film is too short. I felt that some ideas should have been given greater time for clarification. As for the ending – I’ll leave that for you to figure out.

I hope that this example of what the Sinclair/DiFiore team can produce, on a low budget, means that we have more such gems in our future. Do yourself a favour and see this unique effort.

Charles Eggen

 

 

Published November 9th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Russian Snark picks up top grand jury prize at the Brussels International Film Festival

Russian Snark – the independently produced and financed feature film written and directed by Stephen Sinclair, and produced by Liz DiFiore of Godzone Pictures Ltd. has picked up the top prize at the Brussels International Film Festival.

The festival was an amazing triumph for New Zealand Films with Matariki also picking up two awards for Best Director for Michael Bennett and Best Actor for Iaheto Ah Hi.

This has been a great opportunity to raise NZ’s profile in the Belgium capital.

Russian Snark’s award follows on from the October screening at the St Tropez Film Festival, and selection for the 2012 Cannes Cinephiles Film Festival in May 2012.

If you missed the NZ theatrical release, it is out on DVD in NZ only and available at www.russiansnark.com

 

Russian Snark to screen in competition in 38th Brussels International Film Festival

DVD for Russian Snark available now in New Zealand

Our film is out now in the DVD rental shops and for your very own copy available for purchase on line here for NZ  customers only. http://russiansnark.com/wordpress/shop/  We have had a great NZ theatrical release culminated with the screening & Q & A in early October in Great Barrier Island at Island Screens.  October 15th we screened in beautiful St Tropez in France, http://www.festivaldesantipodes.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=350&Itemid=235 and on November 5th we screen in competition at the Festival International du Film Independent in Brussels  http://www.centremultimedia.org/le-festival-2011/competition-internationale .  Check us out if you are in the area!