This film is not currently scheduled to screen at New Park.
OPENING GALA: We are proud to present this new controversial Russian film for the Opening Gala of the 27th Festival. This sumptuous historical drama directed by Alexey Uchitel tells a fascinating story about the relationship between ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya and the future Tsar Nicholas II. The film received the Audience Choice Golden Unicorn Award at the Russian Film Week (2017).
The last Emperor of Russia (Lars Eidinger), twenty-two and destined to become Tsar, falls madly in love with the bewitching Bolshoi prima ballerina Matilda (Michalina Olszanska), much to the dismay of the royal family. His rival Count Vorontsov (Danila Kozlovsky) is also enraptured and endures death defying feats to make Matilda his own. In the meantime, Nicholas’ family is planning his wedding to German Princess Alix von Hessen-Darmstadt (Luise Wolfram) while simultaneously plotting to keep Matilda away from their son. This is a love story that has become legend, where an Empire’s fate can be turned upside down forever in just a few days, if the right decisions are not taken.
The coronation at the Cathedral of the Dormition, the lavish Kremlin interiors, the Khodynka Field stampede, the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi theatre performances – this is where the heart of the eternal Russia beats, and all spectacularly recreated in this visually breath-taking film. Some call it the most scandalous Russian film and caused riots on its release due to the depiction of a Saint having an extra marital affair: some call it the most visually stunning Russian motion picture of 2017! (Subtitles)
Opening Gala Tickets £29
Thu 9 Aug: Gala Dinner at Brasserie Blanc 18:30
Film at 20:30 approx
Also screens Sat 11 Aug 16:15 (Film Only)
Our thanks to Rock Films for this screening.