This week, once again, is giving viewers a special film experience. On the “Stay Home with Russian Seasons” online platform, viewers will see contemporary feature films and animated films that are created in Russia. Partners of the broadcasts are the International Children's and Family Film Festival and the “Zero Plus” online cinema. The start time is 20:00 Moscow time.
On Tuesday, 18 May, the films "The Fireman" and "Diamonds for My Ants" will be shown. The film "The Fireman" is about the New Year's Eve, when miracles are inevitable. A miracle happens to the main character, a ten-year-old boy named Sasha: he meets a magician. Sasha will have to make one very true wish, but he wants so many. He wants his mother to be happy, strong and brave. The most important thing is to understand which wish is really yours. The film is Directed by Igor Alferov.
"Diamonds for my ants" - the story of Andrei Pavlov, polar explorer and oceanologist, who received a serious injury and was paralyzed. Having enormous willpower, Andrei got back on his feet and managed to find the meaning of life through macrophotography. Now his work from the series "Ant Stories" is known throughout the whole world. It all started with simple scenes from the life of ants. The photographer saw ants as not just insects, but complex and interesting characters. Scenes in which ants travel, swim, drink tea are so inspiring that kids from all over Russia are sending Andrei their ideas in the form of drawings for the next photographs. The director is Karina Vilenina.
On Thursday, 20 May, the audience will be able to see the animated films “Where the Rainbow Begins”, “About a Mother” and “The Life of a Real Reindeer”. "Where the Rainbow Begins” is about music, colour and movement - the media by which emotions are conveyed. The cartoon allows to develop the skill of identifying emotions as it is here, that we will see and hear emotions in different manifestations. The film is directed by Oksana Lyashenko.
"About a Mother" is a touching story about a mother who has given so much to her children that it would seem that she has nothing left. But life suddenly opens up new possibilities and opportunities for her. The film won awards in the categories: “Best Animated Film” at the Lucas International Children's Film Festival (Germany, 2015), “Best Animated Film” in the 18+ category at the Giffoni International Film Festival (Italy, 2015), “Best Student Film Award” at the Stuttgart International Animated Film Festival (Germany, 2016), etc. The film is directed by Dina Velikovskaya.
"The Life of a Real Reindeer" talks about the importance of preserving what is most valuable to us. Even though the reindeer is still very young, it already understands the importance of a friendly family and peace among loved ones. For the sake of this, he is ready to do daring deeds and overcome obstacles. The director of the film is Dmitriy Palagin.
The “Zero Plus” film festival is a special event in the world of children's and family cinema. The live audience at the screenings adds up to approximately 15,000 viewers. Since the start of the pandemic there has been a large number of viewers online - 500,000 during the festival and over 2,500,000 views throughout the year. Each year the festival receives 2,500 submissions from 100 countries. The programme includes over 150 films from 40 countries. A unique feature of the “Zero Plus” is that there are numerous Russian premieres. The festival jury consists of film industry professionals, directors of international film festivals, cultural and educational figures.