Top Russian Drama Projects at Key Buyers Event

Synopsis: Yuri is a successful psychiatrist and hypnotist, a committed non-believer, capable of rationalizing anything except for his own nightmares: featuring his late ex-wife, some red-haired beauty and a strange symbol that looks like an infinity sign. In the process of treatment Yuri comes across evidence of reincarnation, while the boy himself gives him clues to the mystery of his own nightmares. When a mother of a boy, also tormented by nightmares, turns to Yuri for help, he tries to untangle this case.
Producers: Alexander Tsekalo, Ivan Samokhvalov, Maksim Polinskiy, Nikolay Buligin
Producers: Igor Mishin, Alexander Tsekalo, Ivan Samohvalov Maxim Filatov, Natasha Isakova, Maxim Ivanov Sergey Maevskiy, Danila Ippolitov
Producer: Konstantin Ernst
Synopsis: Marina, head of the crisis center, recalls a past that doesn’t exist. What makes her run away from herself? This alternative world, where she risks her life investigating the rape of a teenage girl, seems more real to her than her own, even though it’s quite prosperous.
Producers: Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov
Synopsis: “Catfish” is a story of a generation gap, forgiveness and reconnection. A single father, who works as a cop in the police department’s juvenile division, assumes a fictional online identity – all in the attempt to get closer to his rebellious teenage daughter, all the while dealing with his own midlife crisis.
Unspooling from June 8-15, the Key Buyers Event: Digital Edition will feature a slew of drama projects worth looking out for, from psychological thrillers to biopics and new takes on modern relationships.
Based on the biography of the famous poet, we follow his path from an unknown young writer and beggar to a famous and respected performer, forced to wander in exile. Synopsis: An eight-episode series retelling the dramatic and unpredictable tale of an outstanding Russian poet and performer, an idol of the first half of the 20th century: Alexander Vertinsky.
However, their trip is no longer a healing one when they are forced to meet their own fears. Synopsis: Five young Muscovites go to a mysterious monastery in the village of Topi, hoping to find help and answers to their questions. Each of them has their own drama: unhappy love, feelings of guilt over the death of a loved one, an incurable disease… Soon they find out that escaping this half-dead village is almost impossible.
“Insomnia” (1-2-3 Production) 2022
“Happy End” (Art Pictures Distribution) 2021
Producers: Aleksandra Remizova, Olga Filipuk, Vladimir Maslov, Maksim Oleynikov, Mariya Trubnikova
Producers: Eduard Iloyan, Vitaliy Shlyappo, Alexey Trotsuk, Denis Zhalinskiy, Irina Sosnovaya, Igor Tolstunov
So don’t be judgmental: there are a lot of gray areas there and in our life in general.” This platform is all about connection, one that you choose yourself: it can be an erotic one or it can be a simple conversation with a stranger, just to make you feel better. Our main goal was to show the audience that you can find this feeling literally everywhere: even in the webcam world, probably the most unexpected place of them all. Evgeniy Sangadzhiev (director): “We have fooled everyone – 'Happy End' is not purely about porn or webcam, it’s about love and connection. Everything in life is about love, it’s the most powerful drive.
The questions raised here are buried behind thick fences: corruption among politicians and law enforcement, money laundering schemes, power-plays between the government and criminal world, the involvement of media and the tragic limitations they face. It’s Russian philosophical crime drama at its best, playing on the feelings of guilt, duty, honor and survival instincts. What’s especially powerful is the fact that these issues are taboo in Russian society, they aren’t openly discussed or confronted. Sadly, the latter wins, but this is what makes it so uninhibited and mesmerizing.” Timur Weinstein: “It’s a project that may stir up many controversies among the viewers and buyers. All this makes 'Fatherland' raw and real, which resonates with audiences worldwide.
Anna Mironova has also lost her gift of communication with spirits. A gloomy shadow now looms over Zatonsk once again, as more brutal murders start to shake the town and its citizens. Synopsis: The long-awaited sequel of the popular series “Detective Anna.” The year is 1894, and the small provincial town of Zatonsk has calmed down after the ominous events that occurred in the first season. But one day, the spirits return.
For them, the main question is whether you can hold onto your sincerity when you are under constant scrutiny, and when it’s normal to conduct your personal affairs online. Synopsis: The series depicts the journey of a young couple who have decided to turn their relationship into a sex attraction for the whole world to see. Vlad and Lera are heroes of our time, in every sense of the word. They push this logic to the very limit.
Producers: Timur Weinstein, Natalia Lazareva, Yuri Sapronov, Igor Mishin
Producers: Sergey Bonarchuck, Alexey Kiselev, Anastasiya Koretskaya
“Mediator" (START) 2021
Producers: Vitaliy Bordachev, Vlad Riashyn, Pavel Babin
In my opinion, our protagonist Yuri fully meets these criteria. He tries to approach the mystery with the help of hypnosis, while his patient, a little boy, doesn’t understand the nature of his own memories.” Valeriy Fedorovich: “‘Insomnia’ is a mystical drama with some thriller elements and unconventional Russian A-list duet of Gosha Kutsenko and Irina Starshenbaum, known internationally for their leading roles in the sci-fi box-office hit “Invasion” and festival hit “Leto.” It represents the genre where audiences appreciate vivid, memorable characters with their own inimitable methods of investigation.
Anton Ebergard, a journalist famous for his cutting-edge exposés on “dirty” public officials, is falling on hard times. Synopsis: This dark and dramatic series is adapted from award-winning novel “Germans” by a prominent Russian writer, Aleksandr Terekhov. He goes against his convictions to become a publicity officer at a city council. Entering the office, the former journalist starts sinking into the dark underworld of the off-the-books deals and ruthless subterfuge, losing his friends and his loved ones.
“Swamp” (Kinopoisk HD) 2021
Producers: Anton Shchukin, Alexandr Dulerayn, Alexander Tsekalo
He is a so-called 'real man,' but it seems that today it’s no longer appreciated – the only thing he brings is trouble. Our main character, played by Pavel Maikov, is a hard-boiled cop who is demoted to the juvenile division. Anton Shchukin: “On one hand it’s a universal story about fathers and their children. He needs to get in touch with his daughter, himself and the people around him.” But 'Catfish' feels fresh because it happens in the era of social networks and TikTok. He is a loving father, but his teenage daughter hates him.
Irina Sosnovaya: “This is a series about a professional negotiator: if an armed terrorist takes hostages, or you need to pressure someone into a decision without resorting to force, you call him. This show exposes the flaws in our society: selfishness, aggressiveness, avarice and vanity.” He’s paid well for his services – he drives an expensive car, dines in Michelin-starred restaurants. One day, he is asked to help investigate a series of teenage suicides and it turns his life upside down. People who approach him usually turn a blind eye to his methods and he enjoys manipulating people, getting into people’s heads like Leonardo DiCaprio in Nolan's “Inception.” Nothing’s off limits when he is in pursuit of a goal.
“Vertinsky” (Roskino) 2021
This is a good start for a big Russian franchise and I hope this title will have a long lifespan, also as an international format. I can easily imagine an American version of 'Married Life Scenes, 'complete with the same plot and characters, as this subject is important and understandable for different audiences and cultures.” We have received only positive reviews and the show has been confirmed for the second season, which we aim to shoot this fall. Ivan Samokhvalov: “‘Married Life Scenes’ just premiered on the MTS Media platform KION.
Synopsis: Young couple Polina and Nikita are going to divorce. This chance happening leads to the couple becoming serial killers. However, an unexpected truth is suddenly revealed: a nasty client’s accidental murder at the agency where they both work brings back old passion into their relationship.
“Catfish” (Gazprom Media Entertainment Television) 2021
“Snails Race” (KION MTS Media) 2021
“Married Life Scenes” (Sreda Production Company) 2021
In Russia, death often seems to be more real than life. You are welcome to come and witness it all.” It was also inspired by the eternal history of Russia, sometimes reminiscent of these creepy and sticky dreams you just can’t wake up from. It looks like the Russian province where I often lived as a child, still populated with the now-dead people, my relatives, who surrounded me there and then. Unsuspecting that they are long gone and acting as if they were still alive, among other magical things that are happening there. Dmitry Glukhovsky (writer): “‘The Swamp’ was inspired by the games of my subconscious, one that keeps sending me into a weird land at nights.
Konstantin Ernst: “Vertinsky was a singer-songwriter. He was a representative of the traditional medieval genre that survived in Russia until the 20th century: a man who expressed his feelings and thoughts in his songs, and that would certainly help the audience understand him. Vertinsky’s life was an adventure per se. Escaping a firing squad, getting off the needle, casting a spell on Marlene Dietrich and expressing the thoughts and emotions of millions of people – it’s enough to fascinate a person of any nationality.”
Cruel, dark and shockingly manipulative, Andrey proves to be extremely efficient. Synopsis: Andrey is a professional negotiator. This twisted psychological thriller tests the limits of how far people can go to get what they want. For each dispute, he changes himself beyond recognition. When people can’t agree, he helps them – for a lot of money. Andrey can convince anyone of anything, anytime and anywhere, but he seems to have a hard time accepting his own self.
“Fatherland” (NTV) 2021
“Detective Anna” (Star Media) 2020 – Season 2
The series’ second season will be even more intriguing and exciting than the first one. And, of course, the viewers will see the long-awaited continuation of the storyline between the protagonists, Anna Mironova and Yakov Shtolman, although not all aspects in their relationship will develop smoothly. New characters and new locations will be added, with new episodes featuring even more mysterious crimes, enigmatic spirits and unexpected dramatic twists. Answering your question about future seasons, I can say this: Everything is possible. Interesting and vivid stories tend to have a long life.”” /> Maria Grechishnikova (CEO of Star Media Group): “Our heroes have changed a lot: from a young and light-minded girl, Anna has evolved into a conscientious and serious lady.

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