This week, as part of the Stay Home with Russian Seasons online service, viewers will behold contemporary films made by young Russian filmmakers. Once again, the international festival of children's and family cinema, in addition to the online cinema "Zero Plus," are the broadcast partners.
The film festival and educational online cinema "Zero Plus" - introduces viewers to traditional family values; it extolls friendship, kindness, beauty, creativity, and nature. The project's history began in 2014. In 2020, the festival program included more than 110 films, representing about 40 different countries - Germany, Poland, Great Britain, Spain, Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Argentina, Chile, India, USA, Canada, and many others. More than 30 paintings were displayed in Russia for the first time. The festival featured full-length and short feature films, animated films, documentaries, and popular science films.
On Tuesday, May 11, "Chud" and "Other People" will be screened. "Chud" is a touching and heartwarming story about a child's belief in miracles. The heroine of the film awaits her father's return and, not finding any support among her elders, invents her own reality. Spring can come overnight, and running through the woods and fields makes it easier to cease feelings of loneliness. After all, the forest responds with images and sounds of the biggest and most precious dream, which is quite simple to achieve. All you have to do is sing all the songs to the forest and tell it that spring has come, which means it's time to return home. Directed by Guzel Ilyasova.
The movie "Other People" is about an elderly man who reads a book in a bookstore for several days in a row. His employees react to it in different ways. One is very displeased that the old man is reading a book before buying it. The other, powerless to do anything, but covers up for the old man in front of the principal. The director, on the other hand, acts in a way that no one expects him to. Each of the participants in the story unfolds from different angles. Directed by Kirill Kosolapov.
On Thursday, May 13, viewers will have the opportunity to see "En Garde!" and "The Incredible Anton Man." "En Garde!" portrays the noble and graceful sport of aristocratic charm: fencing. Fencing classes help the main teenage protagonist mature, overcome the hardships of life, develop strength of character, and teach perseverance. Wearing a protective mask, we can hide underneath it our fears, anxieties, and even the pain of losing our loved ones. And become what we never thought we would be. Directed by Daniel Joffe.
"The Incredible Anton Man" is about Anton, a young filmmaker who brings a Spider-Man movie starring himself to a children's film festival. He intends to win the grand prize, but the audience receives his work rather poorly. Then Anton has to put on a mask and become a superhero in his everyday life. The Incredible Anton Man. Directed by Gleb Miljan.
The "Zero Plus" film festival jury consists of film industry professionals, heads of international film festivals, cultural and educational figures. Among them was the director of the international-cultural project "Russian Seasons" Alexei Lebedev, who gave his assessment of the film festival: "We have been working with ʺZero Plusʺ for more than a year. The festival has a marvelous mission: to discover new cinematography talents and to convey values that are so close to our hearts. It helps foreign viewers get acquainted with Russian festival film works that are not always available for view in the theater or even for online viewing. We hope that our viewers will enjoy the new film week."