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Russian Events in London

13th October 2002

Andrei Tolstoy asked for this to be sent to all our members for their
information.

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Russian Events in London are pleased to promote

Royal British Premiere of ‘Russian Ark’
a film shot exclusively in the State Hermitage Museum
Monday 11th November 2002 at the Odeon Leicester Square (general release
april 2003)

See full details in attachments

Please tell as many friends as you can and mail this on to your email
contacts PLEASE.

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Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd
and The Regus London Film Festival
present
The British Premiere of
RUSSIAN ARK
(In Russian with English subtitles)
A film by Alexander Sokurov
in aid of St. Gregory’s Foundation

at the Odeon West End Cinema
Leicester Square, WC2

on Monday 11th November 2002
at 6.30pm

in the presence of H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, K.C.V.O.
Patron of St. Gregory’s Foundation

Guests of Honour
The Viscount and the Viscountess Norwich

Champagne and Vodka Reception
with Light Supper/Russian Canapés
at
The Circus Restaurant
1 Upper James Street, Golden Square, W1

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF LIMITED TICKETS FOR THE BRITISH PREMIERE OF THIS UNIQUE FILM, MARKING THE TERCENTENARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF ST. PETERSBURG, WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE ORPHANAGE 24 RENOVATION PROJECT, IN ST. PETERSBURG.

This is not a ticket. Please note admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available by post. Please find application form enclosed.

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Dear Friend/s September 2002

BRITISH PREMIERE OF ‘RUSSIAN ARK’
A FILM SHOT EXCLUSIVELYIN THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM
MONDAY 11th NOVEMBER 2002 at the Odeon Leicester Square (General Release April 2003)

I am writing to all of you who have been to Russia (whether you have been with me or otherwise!) to invite you to come to this remarkable film which heralds the Tercentenary Celebrations of the foundations of the City of St. Petersburg. A. Sukorov’s extraordinary film will be attended by our Patron, H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent. Proceeds will be given to Orphanage 24, in central St. Petersburg, for the renovation of the antediluvian kitchen and the completely dilapidated shower rooms.

.Here are 6 reasons why you might come on 11th November:

1. You are interested in Russian culture, music and history and want to see a sensational film.
2. You have not been to Russia and would enjoy a glamorous introductory panorama of the history of the Romanovs’ 300 rule of the largest country in the world.
3. You would like to see your friends and Russophiles.
4. You are interested in the cinematographic achievement of this film (filmed in one ‘go’ on 90mns of CD digital, all in the State Halls of the Russian State Hermitage).and shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year
5. You want to make an immediate difference to the lives of 260 orphans in one of St. Petersburg’s most distressing orphanages. . They need £60,000 for the total renovation of the unhygienic and dilapidated kitchens (£17000) as well as the 5 unusable shower rooms (basins, loos, showers, full replumbing, etc £8000.)
6. You admire this charity that achieves SO much in Russia and which has only 3% overheads p.a.
because all who are involved give their time free. What other charity uses your money as carefully?

If you have been to Russia, you will know that despite the enormous progress towards democracy since the downfall of Communism 12 years’ ago, a substantial proportion of this highly cultured and talented nation live below poverty level and endure deprivations unimaginable to us in the West.

If you are unable to attend, I would be most grateful if you could pass this on to any interested friend. Alternatively, if you felt inclined, you could send any small contribution which would help enormously towards my aim to renovate this particularly desperate Orphanage in ‘City of the Tsars’ …Thank you!

Tania Illingworth 0207834 5630/email [removed]

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~ Shown in Competition Cannes Film Festival 2002 ~

Director Alexander Sokurov
Visual Concept and
Principal Image Design Alexander Sokurov
Screenplay Anatoly Nikiforov
Alexander Sokurov
Director of Photography/
Steadicam Operator Tilman Büttner
Original Music The State Hermitage Orchestra
Composer Sergey Yevtushenko
Music The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Conductor Valery Gergiev

Cast includes Sergey Dreiden as A STRANGER,
Maria Kuznetsova as CATHERINE THE GREAT, Leonid Mozgovoy as THE SPY and
Mikhail Piotrovsky (Director, Russian State Hermitage Museum) as HIMSELF.
Russia / Germany 2002 / Colour / 96 mins / Russian with English subtitles / Dolby SR
Produced by The Hermitage Bridge Studio (St Petersburg) Andrey Deryabin
Egoli Tossell Film AG (Berlin) Jens Meurer, Karsten Stöter
An Artificial Eye Release

RUSSIAN ARK is an extraordinary journey through time and Russian history. Invisible to everyone around him, a contemporary Russian filmmaker magically finds himself in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg – back in the early 1700s. He meets a cynical French diplomat from the 19th Century, the Marquis de Custine, and the two men become accomplices in an extraordinary, time-travelling journey through Russia’s turbulent past – ending in the present day.
Together they encounter life at the Imperial Palace as it was through different ages. From Catherine the Great’s backstage love affairs to the last Tsar’s Ball in 1913 in the Winter Palace, the panorama unfolds in Europe’s most beautiful planned city The film evolves from 1703 (Foundation of the City by Peter the Great) right up to the Nazi Invasion and the heroic Siege of Leningrad of World War II. to the live performance the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the Lead Conductor, Maestro Valery Gergiev. It is as if the Hermitage is a vessel, retaining the Russian soul until better days, when the country, once again, knows where it belongs.
RUSSIAN ARK, filmed entirely in the Russian State Hermitage Museum, is a truly unique film. Alexander Sokurov tells the story in one uninterrupted steadicam sequence, with only one recording. There is no editing, the film unfolds in pure real time. The filmmaker’s vision – featuring more than 2000 actors and extras – was realised entirely “in the camera”.

“Breathtaking…a fluid and sensuous journey…this majestic experience”
(Alexander Walker – Evening Standard)
“There is no other place like the Hermitage in Russia. The Hermitage is the only place in Russia where such an artistic, energetic tradition is concentrated.”
(Alexander Sokurov – Director)
“One does indeed watch this film ‘in a single breath’, the breath of one of the world’s most amazing museums.”
(Mikhail Piotrovsky – Director of the State Hermitage Museum)

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RUSSIAN ARK PREMIERE
MONDAY 11th NOVEMBER 2002
At the Odeon West End Cinema, Leicester Square
APPLICATION FOR TICKETS FOR THE PREMIERE OF RUSSIAN ARK /CHAMPAGNE AND VODKA RECEPTION WITH LIGHT SUPPER/RUSSIAN CANAPES AT THE CIRCUS RESTAURANT
(1 Upper James’ Street, W1R 4BP /5mns’ walk away)

Please tick the boxes on the left and fill in the amounts on the right hand side of this sheet.

Box here Please send me ….…. ticket/s at £90 each £….

Box here I cannot attend on 11th November but enclose a donation for £……

Box here If the limited tickets are sold prior to this application, I would like to
donate my cheque to St. Gregory’s Foundation £….

Box here Please return my cheque if all available tickets are sold out

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Please make your cheques payable to St. Gregory’s Foundation and send with sae to:
Mrs T Illingworth (Russian Ark)
68 Ashley Gardens London SW1P 1QG tel 0207 834 5630/fax 0207 630 9199

Upon receipt of your cheque, you will be sent your ticket/s for the Premiere and Reception on 11/11/02. The limited tickets will be issued on a ‘first come, first served basis’.

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