Two Women 2015: Ralph Fiennes Visit

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During 2014 I attended a Russian Film Market at St. Petersburg, and saw over a dozen new Russian films, some of which I managed to premiere in our 2015 Film Festival. It included the UK premiere of ‘Two Women’ featuring Ralph Fiennes, who learnt Russian for the role. We were delighted to welcome Ralph Fiennes in 2015 to introduce the film, together with the producer and director, the late Vera Glagoleva , from Russia. - Roger Gibson.

Ralph Fiennes, Sylvie Testud and Aleksandr Baluev star in this Russian adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's play. Married to a wealthy landowner, Natalya (Anna Vartanyan) laments losing her allure over the opposite sex as middle age approaches and finds herself increasingly jealous of her adopted daughter Vera (Anna Levanova)'s youthful beauty.

When she employs 21-year-old student Aleksei Belyaev (Nikita Volkov) to tutor her son Natalya instantly falls in love with him but so too does Vera. While Natalya still welcomes the attention of family friend Mikhail (Fiennes), a bitter rivalry ensues between the two women as they compete for Aleksei's affection. (Subtitles)