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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #24. Aleksey German Jr.’s Dovlatov


Director: Aleksey German Jr.
Writer: Aleksey German Jr., Katherine Dovlatov

Since helping to complete his father’s posthumous opus Hard to Be a God, Russian director Aleksey German Jr. revealed his third feature, Under Electric Clouds in competition at Berlin in 2015 (where it won an award for cinematography). He’s just received another round of funding from Eurimages to support his latest project, Dovlatov, a film which explores four days in the life of cult Russian author Sergei Dovlatov in 1971, Leningrad. Collaborating with the author’s daughter Katherine, German is interested in capturing the particular scene of early 70s Leningrad. In May of 2015, German was still finishing up the script, while reports of filming preparation were reported from St. Petersburg in October.

Cast: NA

Production Co./Producer: NA

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic) TBD (international).

Release Date: German’s first two films played at Venice, with his 2008 title Paper Soldier winning the Silver Lion. If German avoids any delays, we’re hoping post-production is completed in time for another turn on the Lido.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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