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Academia Rossica

ACADEMIA ROSSICA is a Russo-British organisation, founded in 2000 in London, which supports and promotes cultural links between Russia and the West. ACADEMIA ROSSICA has set up and supported a wide range of projects aimed at developing a cultural exchange between Russia and the West. In collaboration with leading cultural organisations in Russia, Europe and America, ACADEMIA ROSSICA endeavours to bring contemporary Russian culture to the British and American public and deepen a western audience's understanding of it.

Main areas of activity:

  • Cinema
  • Literature
  • Art
  • The Rossica Journal 





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Russian Film Festival returns to London this year with a great programme
showcasing the latest award-winning Russian films. New Russian cinema has been
commended right across the board at the world’s most prestigious international
film festivals. Now we are delighted to present at the Apollo Piccadilly a
panorama of the best Russian films introduced by the creators themselves. All
films are shown with English subtitles.

The main festival programme features this year’s ten best Russian films, all
acclaimed at major international and Russian film festivals. These films
include the controversial 'One War' by Vera Glagoleva, a moving relook at crime
and punishment during the Second World War, Russia's nomination for the Oscars
as well as Grand Prix winner at Sofia International Film Festival, and Svetlana
Proscurina's latest thought provoking film 'The Truce', an unsettling portrayal
of provincial Russia laced with humour and lyricism which won Russia’s
Kinotavr’s main prize. Also amongst the main programme’s feature films are the
applauded ‘Another Sky’, by Dmitry Mamulya, ‘Gastarbeiter’ by Yusup
Razykov and ‘Reverse Motion’ by Andrey Stempkovsky, which by focusing on the
theme of Central Asian workers give rise to a lasting impression of ordinary
people caught between conflicts and struggling to communicate.

This year's documentary programme encapsulates the last decade in Russia,
offering a window into the real Russia, with screenings of the ten finest
Russian documentary films, one for each year. This definitive selection is
presented by the great director and documentary maker, Vitaly Mansky, president
of Russia’s ArtDocFest.

In addition to the main programme and documentaries, the Russian Film Festival
is showing a comprehensive and diverse programme of animation ready to enchant
adults and children alike with its charm and imagination. Among the feature
length animations, the festival is proud to include the captivating ‘Little
Tragedies’, based on Alexander Pushkin’s verses and master animator Garri
Bardin’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’, a children’s stop-motion animated film with
Orwellian overtones deemed so politically subversive it was banned from showing
on Russian television.  

Over the course of four years the Russian Film Festival has become a calendar
event not only for film lovers but also for industry members. The festival is
now an important platform in London for professional communication between
Russian and British filmmakers, thanks to the series of industry talks and
roundtables organised alongside the screenings.

The Russian Film Festival is organised with the support of the Russian Embassy.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival!

About Academia Rossica

Academia Rossica

ACADEMIA ROSSICA is a Russo-British foundation, founded in London in 2000, which supports and promotes cultural links between Russia and the West.

The Russian Film Festival in London is organised by ACADEMIA ROSSICA and was launched in 2007. The festival allows a British audience to see the work of leading Russian filmmakers and presents a variety of styles, genres and themes which reflect the problems and hopes of today’s Russia. The main programme of the festival is made up of the premiere of the ten best critically acclaimed films of the year.

The ROSSICA cinema club is a platform for showing Russian films between the festivals. The screenings of rare archive films, exclusive programmes and discussions between filmmakers and film experts have become important cultural events not only for film buffs but also for cinema specialists.

Russian Literature and Language Week has been promoted in Britain by ACADEMIA ROSSICA since 2008 with the aim of extending Anglo-Russian literary and intellectual ties. As part of this year’s Week, there will be a bookstand representing material from the BOOKS FROM RUSSIA publishing house at the London Book Fair. In addition, there will be numerous discussions between British and Russian intellectuals and publishers, as well as book presentations and talks by leading Russian writers, such as Dmitrii Bykov, Aleksandr Ilichevskii, Lev Rubinshteyn, Olga Slavnikova and Aleksandr Archangelskiy. ACADEMIA ROSSICA’s partners in this project are The Federal Agency of the Press and Mass Communication, The Yeltsin Foundation and The Russkiy Mir Foundation.

The International ROSSICA Prize was founded by ACADEMIA ROSSICA and the Yeltsin Foundation in 2004. The ROSSICA Prize is unique in that it is the only prize in the world for the translation of Russian literature into English. The Council for the prize is made up of many prominent literary figures: the Director of the British Centre for literary translation Amanda Hopkinson, the President of the English Pen-Club («ПЕН-клуб») Alistair Niven, the literature editor for the Independent Boyd Tonkin, publisher Christopher Maclehose and the Director of the literature programme of the British Council Susanna Nicklin. The ROSSICA Prize will be presented in London, on the 24th May, the Day of Cyril and Methodius. The prize amounts to £5,000 and is divided between the publisher and the translator. 

ROSSICA Journal - a journal in English, published by ACADEMIA ROSSICA. The journal deals with a wide range of issues - from Russian history and cultural heritage of the past century to recent news on contemporary art and culture. ACADEMIA ROSSICA aims to develop its projects in collaboration with a large number of Russian and foreign partners, in this way widening the gateway for the efffective integration of Russian art, literature, theatre and cinema in contemporary international culture. More information about the projects of ACADEMIA ROSSICA can be found on the site 

ACADEMIA ROSSICA is organising its 3rd Russian Film Festival which will be shown at the Apollo West End from 30th October to 8th November 2009. The program includes features by directors such as Sergei Solovyov, Karen Shakhnazarov and Kira Muratova, a number of documentaries, some contemporary animations and a selection of classic Soviet musicals.  

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