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Kantemir Balagov’s “Closeness” gets Cannes Festival’s International Critics’ Prize

“Closeness,” a debut of 26-year-old Balagov, is set in 1998 in the director’s home city of Nalchik “Closeness” by Russian film director Kantemir Balagov, along with Robin Campillo’s “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” and Pedro Pinho’s “The Nothing Factory,” won International Critics’ Prizes at the Cannes Festival on Saturday. The FIPRESCI Jury awarded three prizes: two…

new shows next season

Bolshoi Theater vows to put on at least 10 new shows next season

Among the expected productions are works by renowned directors Katie Mitchell and Rimas Tuminas With the 241st Bolshoi Theater season still underway, plans for next year have already been announced, the theater’s director Vladimir Urin told TASS on Thursday. Among the expected productions are works by renowned directors Katie Mitchell and Rimas Tuminas, while the…

calls at Belgian port

Russia’s legendary barque Kruzenshtern calls at Belgian port

Russia’s legendary windjammer Kruzenshtern, which is on its first training voyage of the year, has called at the Belgian port of Oostende to take part in an international festival of sailing vessels Russia’s legendary windjammer Kruzenshtern, which is on its first training voyage of the year, on Thursday called at the Belgian port of Oostende…

a Soviet-era treasure in the heart of Moscow

Hotel Ukraina: a Soviet-era treasure in the heart of Moscow

60 years ago, one of seven iconic Moscow’s skyscrapers designed in the Stalinist style, hotel Ukraina was opened 1957 Soviet hotel Ukraina was opened. The second tallest of the neoclassical Stalin-era “seven sisters”, hotel Ukraina is 198-meter high (34 stories). It was then the tallest hotel in the world. In 2010 the hotel was renovated…

Stalin’s grandson

Stalin’s grandson passes away at 75

The grandson of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, Alexander Burdonsky, National Artist of the Russian Federation and stage director of the Central Academic Theater of the Russian Army, died on May 23 The grandson of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, Alexander Burdonsky, National Artist of the Russian Federation and stage director of the Central Academic Theater of…

after questioning

Investigators release Gogol-Center stage director after questioning

The artistic director was questioned “as an eyewitness in a criminal case into misappropriation of state funds” The Gogol-Center’s theater director, who was taken into the Investigative Committee’s office in Moscow for questioning as a witness in an embezzlement case, was released late on Tuesday, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. “I’m a witness,”…

Time To Get Out of Here

The other day I heard the saddest thing: “Осень начинается через три месяца!” (Autumn begins in three months.) Just let that sink in.
And once it has, you’ll want to book the fastest plane south for some sun.