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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #31. 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 received 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.

Cast: Milan Maric, Danila Kozlovsky, Elena Lyadova, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Anton Shagin

Production Co./Producer(s): SAGa, Metra Films.

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: In May of 2015, German was still finishing up the script, while reports of filming preparation were reported from St. Petersburg in October, which officially began production in February 2016, with the project participating as a work-in-progress for the recent Les Arc European Film Festival in December, 2016. A return to Berlin would seem likely, but considering Dovlatov may not be ready in time, German could either break into Cannes (maybe Un Certain Regard), or return to Venice, where two of his films have premiered (including 2008’s Paper Soldier, which took home the Silver Lion).

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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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