In the main Cannes Competition was Sergey Loznitsa’s Nazi occupation resistance drama "In the Fog" (a Russia-Germany-Latvia-Netherlands-Belorussia co-production), which won the FIPRESCI critics' prize, Taisia Igumentsev's short student film "Road To" played in the Cinefondation program, winning the First Cinefondation Prize and €15,000.
Attending Cannes and speaking to the press were Mtsitouridze, Viacheslav Telnov, Head of the Cinema Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and Dmitry Litvinov, Director General of Planeta Inform. Roskino sponsors and partners include Sberbank, Channel One Russia, Kommersant and Variety.
Also presented at the Russian Pavilion at Cannes was "Mayakofsky," the first film produced by and starring "Good Bye Lenin" actress Chulpan Khamatova, directed and co-written by Alexander Shein ("Euphoria"). Co-starring Supermodel Natalya Vodyanova, "Mayakovsky" explores the vibrant life and mysterious death of the renowned Russian poet and artist who was shot in Moscow on April 14th, 1930. The film is partly based on playwright & historian Arkady Wachsberg's global bestseller “The Magic & Mystery of Lily Brik,” a book about Vladimir Mayakovsky's greatest love. Wachsberg worked with Shein on the screenplay; Mayakofsky influenced the Dadaists and Surrealists as well as modern poster design and advertising. Giya Lordkipanidze ("América") and Sergei Chliyant also produced the film, which is slated to start principal photography at the end of 2012 in Russia, Ukraine, France, the U.S., Hungary and Canada for a planned 2014 release.