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October 14, 2021 10:09 am

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Five film premieres of the week with a wide geography – from Greece to Austria and China.

A Chinese detective thriller about an accidental killer, a fantasy based on the biography of Gustave Eiffel and “Gerda” by Natalia Kudryashova, who conquered Locarno, is released. Read about these and other weekly premieres in this mos.ru article.

In the cinema halls of the Moschino network, smart seating is organized to maintain a social distance between the audience. When buying a ticket, the system blocks seats around and makes sure that the hall is not more than 50 percent full. You can buy tickets on the siteand in the mobile application “Moschino”.

Eiffel, directed by Martin Bourboulon (2021). France, Germany, 16+

The talented engineer Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) dreams of building a metro in Paris. He even asks to help his longtime friend, journalist Antoine Restac (Pierre Deladonchamps), who personally knows the Minister of Transport, to help in this venture. Everything is going well, Restak is ready to introduce his comrade to the official, but the plans are changed by the meeting of Eiffel with the beautiful Adrienne (Emma McKay, Maeve from “Sexual Enlightenment”). Once Eiffel was in love with her, but now she is married to Antoine. This does not bother the hero, moreover, in order to impress his former lover, he forgets about the metro and declares that he will build a 300-meter tower for the 1889 World Exhibition.

The authors of the film do not pretend to be completely accurate in the story, as they warn in the credits: “The film is a free interpretation inspired by real events.” For Martin Bourboulon, “Eiffel” is the third full-length film, before that he shot two comedies – “Divorce in French” and “Love Trashed”. The music for the new film was written by Oscar-winning composer Alexander Desplat (The Shape of Water, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Little Women, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

The events of this picture unfold in the summer of 1997. A young worker, air conditioner repairman Wang Xueming (Eddie Peng), accidentally knocks over a man on a deserted road at night. First, in a panic, he leaves the scene of the crime, and then returns, but too late: the man is already dead. Soon, the hero meets the widow of the deceased (Sylvia Chan) and seeks a new meeting with her in order to help and somehow atone for his guilt. Things get confused when Xueming saves the widow from the sewers and a friendship is established between them. Meanwhile, Detective Chen (Wang Yanhui) investigates the case and realizes that this is not just an accident.

For director and scriptwriter Wen Shipei, this is a full-length debut. The festival audience liked the Chinese thriller with elements of a detective story, although it was limited to only nominations. It was shown at film festivals in Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian and other cities.

“Gerda”, directed by Natalia Kudryashova (2020). Russia, 18+

In the afternoon, Lera is a student of the Faculty of Sociology, who conducts opinion polls for her term paper. At night, she turns into Gerda – the dancer of the club, who is forced to provide for herself and her sick mother. Lera-Gerda (Anastasia Krasovskaya) has an admirer (Alexey Chupov) and a faithful friend (Yuri Borisov), who is an artist and part-time employee of the morgue. The heroine treats the rest of the people, their misfortunes and problems rather coldly. She cannot sympathize with anyone, because she does not know how to deal with her own life.

For the actress Natalia Kudryashova, this directorial work is the second after Pioneer Heroes (2015). The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, where the film won the Young Jury Prize, and debutante Anastasia Krasovskaya won the Best Actress Award. Before “Gerda” Anastasia had neither experience in filming, nor professional education, she got to audition thanks to internet casting in social networks. Natalia Kudryashova really wanted to shoot Anastasia, despite the fact that she did not know how to dance at all. The girl had to study at an accelerated rate.

“Royal game”, directed by Philip Stelzl (2021). Germany, Austria, 16+

Austria, late 1930s. Lawyer Josef Bartok (Oliver Mazucci) is about to escape with his wife from the Nazi-occupied country, but does not have time. He is arrested by the Gestapo and demanded to disclose confidential information about clients. After the refusal, Bartok is imprisoned in a hotel room and completely deprived of contact with the outside world. Only a book about chess helps the hero not to go crazy.

The film is based on Stefan Zweig’s Chess Novel. This is the most famous work of an Austrian author. Zweig wrote it in Brazil in 1938-1941. The novel was first filmed by Gerd Oswald in 1960.

“Man of God”, directed by Elena Popovich (2021). Greece, 12+

The tape tells about the fate of the revered Orthodox saint – Nektarios of Aeginsky (1846-1920). He remained true to himself, despite all the trials that befell him. In Greece he is considered a miracle worker, they even use the expression “there is nothing incurable for Saint Nektarios.” The main role in the film is played by the Greek actor Aris Servetalis, and his student is played by Alexander Petrov. You can also see another actor not the most expected for a Greek film – Mickey Rourke.

The premiere of the tape took place on April 25 this year at the Moscow International Film Festival. The picture received the Audience Award.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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