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New Russia film studio seeks domestic cinema revival

by Nastassia Astrasheuskaya.

The head of Russia’s newest film studio intends to revive a 100-year-old film making industry, which saw its best days fade with the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago.

Ilya Bachurin, chief executive of Glavkino, Russia’s new state-of-the-art studio and the first equipped for making films in 3D, aims to recapture some of the country’s glorious filmmaking past while luring in some of today’s lucrative filming contracts.

The 42-year-old Bachurin told Reuters that acquiring modern technology and discovering new filming techniques were key elements for any plans to restore Russian filmmaking to world prominence.

“If we did not create the technological basis for contemporary topical film production, we would have missed an opportunity to help the rebirth of modern cinema in Russia,” Bachurin said.

The project’s founders include Bachurin as well as producer Fyodor Bondarchuk and director of state Channel One Konstantin Ernst.

Launched in spring after 10 years of preparations, Glavkino consists of a 12,000-square-metre pavilion space, including one of the largest film studios in Eastern Europe available for lease to local and foreign film makers.

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