The Kremlin will fund these 9 movie themes in 2015
Russia’s Ministry of Culture has drafted a list of high-priority themes that will determine which films the state funds in 2015. The government’s list includes nine items:
- Success stories that inspire people (in areas such as manufacturing, entrepreneurialism, and civic activism);
- The roles of Crimea and Ukraine in the 1,000-year history of the Russian state;
- Russian military glory (its victories and victors);
- Film adaptations of Russian literary classics;
- Modern-day heroes in the fight against crime and corruption;
- “A society without borders” (success stories from from individuals with disabilities);
- Historical anniversaries (such as the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, and the 25th anniversary of the August 1991 Putsch);
- Family values as the foundation of Russian society; and
- Russia as a multiethnic country.
“We select topics that, in our view, need to be developed further. Last year, for example, we focused on creating works that addressed the anniversary of victory in World War II. Logically, one of this year’s themes is Crimea. And of course film adaptations of literary classics are always win-win, encouraging the younger generation to read books,” said Vyacheslav Telnov, an official in the Culture Ministry.
On February 25, the Culture Ministry abandoned a plan to introduce quotas that would have required cinemas to show no fewer than 20 percent Russian-made films at any one time.
In 2015, public funding for films in Russia will decline by 600 million rubles ($9.65 million), despite earlier plans to keep the total budget at 2014 levels ($96.5 million). Due to Russia’s ongoing economic crisis, however, the government has been forced to cut spending by 10 percent.
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, released earlier this year, is one of the most critically acclaimed films to come out of Russia in several years. The movie has been controversial inside Russia, however, where some public figures have accused it of being unpatriotic. Roughly 35 percent of Leviathan’s funding came from Russia’s Ministry of Culture.