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Angelina Nikonova Says ‘Welcome Home’ to Olga Dykhovichnaya

Screen Daily have learned that filmmaker Angelina Nikonova (pictured on the right) will once again team up with Olga Dykhovichnaya (the star and co-writer of her Venice Days and TIFF showcased debut feature film Twilight Portrait) on a film item that carries a whole other DNA. Welcome Home will most likely be followed by a third project by the pair — they are looking for Japanese co-producers to board “a Russian-Japanese story set in the early 20th century Japan.”

Screen Daily have learned that filmmaker Angelina Nikonova (pictured on the right) will once again team up with Olga Dykhovichnaya (the star and co-writer of her Venice Days and TIFF showcased debut feature film Twilight Portrait) on a film item that carries a whole other DNA. Welcome Home will most likely be followed by a third project by the pair — they are looking for Japanese co-producers to board “a Russian-Japanese story set in the early 20th century Japan.”

Gist: After tackling some fairly rough dramatic terrain, Nikonova is targeting the funny bones with her sophomore pic – the English-language New York-set comedy will be “about a group of immigrants who have become hostage to their life choices.”

Worth Noting: After debuting Twilight Portrait at a Russian film festival, a glowing Variety review was foolowed by a birth at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals (where we floored by the gusto performance from Dykhovichnaya and both the originally constructed framework, aesthetic choices and craftsmanship).

Do We Care?: Among our top new discoveries of the year, Nikonova will be working in a backdrop that is familiar to her – she is a School of Visual Arts in New York grad and we measure her confidence level to be quite high by picking a project that will likely be a complete switch up in terms of tone. Here’s what her 2011 film looks like.:

 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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