Victory at International TV & Cinema Forum “Together”

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Star Media Group Wins in Four Nominations at 13th International TV and Cinema Forum “Together” (Ukraine)


The 13th International TV and Cinema Forum “Together” was held in Yalta, Ukraine, from 24 to 30 September, 2012.

The festival was founded by the Union of Journalists of Russia, the Mosfilm Cinema Concern, the International Confederation of Journalists’ Unions, the International Confederation of Art Cinemas and others.


The 13th International TV and Cinema Forum “Together” awarded the first prizes to Star Media Group in the following nominations:

- “Television Feature Mini Series” for the series Pandora’s Box;

- “Producer” to Vitaliy Bordachov and Vlad Ryashin for the series Trouble in Store;

- “Actressto Darya Mikhaylova who featured Lidia Berkutova in the series Trouble in Store;

- “Debut” to Daniil Pevtsov who featured Vania in the series Pandora’s Box;


                                                                               Trouble in Store

Directed by:Sergey Ashkenazi

Written by:Vladislav Romanov, Evgeniy Latiy

Director of photography:Vladimir Klimov

Music by:Aleksey Ashkenazi

Producers: Vitaliy Bordachev , Vlad Ryashin

Genre: historical drama

Year of production: 2011

Number of episodes: 8

Cast:Sergey Makovetskiy, Mikhail Porechenkov, Yulia Peresil'd, Inga Oboldina, Maria Shukshina, Daria Mikhailova, Igor Chernevich, Aleksey Sekirin, Yuriy Nazarov, Sergey Veksler, Anna Gorshkova, Evgenia Simonova

 In the spring of 1982 as Brezhnev’s power was waning, Yuri Andropov decides to tackle corruption and apathy in the Soviet Union.

A number of company directors were targeted, but Andropov’s first aim was to arrest Berkutov, director of the country’s First Yeliseyev Grocery Store, who, it was believed, had been supplying faulty goods to influential government officials for many years.

With Brezhnev’s rule almost at an end and Andropov tipped to replace him, Colonel Skachko, Head of the Investigation Department approaches some of Berkutov’s inner circle, starting with his assistant Zoya Platonova.
During the ‘cultivation’ of Zoya Platonova, an interesting fact is established – her son, Anton had had an affair with Skachko’s wife, Masha, who had given Anton a book forbidden by the regime. To save Masha, Skachko has no alternative but to release Anton and give up his interrogation of Zoya Platonova.

Berkutov is soon arrested and questioned by Skachko, who takes an instant liking to him. Being a war veteran, Berkutov has become a ‘hostage’ of the state system, having been ordered to get rid of surplus goods, which he distributed among the power-holding structures without making any profit for himself. He had even bought his second-hand Mercedes with money that he had earned honestly. Skachko realizes that Berkutov is not guilty but is nevertheless going to be made a scapegoat, as the machinery of justice has already been started. After Brezhnev’s death events spiral out of control as Andropov, needing to set a srong example, demonstrates an increasingly tough line against corruption.

Berkutov is tried and executed, and after his death, his carefully kept accounts are filed away in the archives.


Pandora's Box


Directed by:Anatoliy Grigor'ev

Written by:Alina Semeryakova

Director of photography:Sergey Lylov

Music by:Daniil Udelevich

Producers: Galina Balan-Timkina , Vlad Ryashin

Genre: melodrama

Year of production: 2012

Number of episodes: 4

Cast:Dmitriy Pevtsov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Viktoria Isakova, Karina Razumovskaya, Daniil Pevtsov, Ol'ga Volkova, Konstantin Milovanov

The Larionovs are an average Russian family who have had more than their fair share of troubles. Vsevolod Larionov is a pediatrician who has worked in a boarding school for five years together with his wife Anna. His eldest daughter, Vera works as an oncologist and lives with her husband Dima and nine-year old son, Aliosha. His youngest daughter, Natasha is an equestrian sportswoman and works as a hypnotherapist. While Vsevolod’s daughters are a credit to him, his son is a real disappointment. Irresponsible and unemployed, Maksim funds his gambling habit through his relationships with rich women.

After the death of Anna, Maksim persuades Aliosha to retrieve a box from his grandfather’s office, which Maksim believes to contain the family’s jewels. However, the family is thrown into turmoil when the true contents of the box are revealed and are left wondering whether the rift between them can ever be repaired.