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    Why is Russia Commemorating WWI With a Propaganda Film?

    A new Russian film documents its little-known battalion of women soldiers during WWI. But the story behind the production is as fascinating as the one that inspired it.

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    How Do Indie Filmmakers Survive in Russia?

    The Moscow International Film Festival offered a microcosm of the struggles experienced by local filmmakers.

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    Cannes Review: 'Leviathan' Is a Transfixing Epic That Grows On You

    Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's bleak drama (which is also sometimes a black comedy) finds people in a remote town trapped by situations beyond their control.

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    With Russia's Biggest Hit Opening in the US, All Eyes Are On the Country's Film Industry and Anti-LGBT Laws

    Now, with the Olympics over and the world's eyes turned from Sochi, Russia's biggest film is coming to America and bringing with it questions about how these laws and policies affect the Russian film industry.

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    Stalingrad

    Stalingrad was Russia’s hope for the Academy Award Nomination this year but did not make it to the shortlist. It is still worth mentioning here because it is Russia's first IMAX 3D feature and will be released here in the U.S. by Sony this February. Its grand scale is epic and indeed it is intended ...

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    Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black To Present 'Milk' at Russian LGBT Film Festival

    Writer Dustin Lance Black, director Gus Van Sant and producer Bruce Cohen will present their LGBT rights biopic "Milk" at the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This news comes after a very challenging year for both LGBT people in Russia and Side by Side itself.

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    Saint Petersburg's Side By Side LGBT Festival Wins Appeal In City Court

    Finally, some good news regarding the LGBT rights situation in Russia: Side By Side -- the LGBT film festival in St. Petersburg that Indiewire profiled this past summer -- has won its final appeal on a devastating charge it had been fighting for months. The City Court of St. Petersburg overturned tw...

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    Que(e)ries: The Plight of a Brave LGBT Film Festival In Russia, and How To Support Their Mission

    In all likelihood, you're well aware that the situation regarding LGBT rights in Russia has reached a horrifying state. In large part thanks to the fact that the Olympics are being held there in 2014, a significant (though not significant enough) outcry has been mounting all summer and will surely c...

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    Indiewire Boycotts Russia, And Will Until LGBT Policies Change

    Indiewire receives many kind invitations to attend festivals and other film events, but this is the first time we've been moved to flat-out boycott a request for our coverage.

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    Need Some GoPro Inspiration? Check Out These Crazy Tarantino-Like Violent First Person Music Videos

    Almost fifteen years after the release of Jonas Åkerlund's video for Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up," which enraptured audiences who got caught up in the video's high-octane action plot and its surprise ending, the Russian band Biting Elbows used the now cheap, lightweight, high quality GoPro cameras ...

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