Polari ‘best film of Russian year’

Image copyright Cineworld Image caption ‘Polari’ – also known as the Polka market – is on the harbourside in Kursk A Russian film with mainly Yuliya Skalskaya and Nikita Mikhalkov has been named the…

Polari 'best film of Russian year'

Image copyright Cineworld Image caption ‘Polari’ – also known as the Polka market – is on the harbourside in Kursk

A Russian film with mainly Yuliya Skalskaya and Nikita Mikhalkov has been named the best Russian film of 2021.

The National Film Festival of Russia’s board of directors chose Licorice Pizza as its “All-Russian Best Film of the Year”.

A film about a working-class couple who escape the clutches of urban life and a city surrounding by snow by trekking across the country, it was made by filmmakers Alexander Zasypkin and Ilya Samsonov.

They had used real locations such as Krymsk and Uralsk.

Skalskaya, 30, and Samsonov, 54, have just returned from Cannes film festival where they picked up the Orizzonti award.

“We made this film almost entirely with movie venues and filming locations,” Samsonov said.

“So a lot of Russian people who might have not been able to film elsewhere actually could,” he added.

The pair have now filmed a sequel to Licorice Pizza with actor Mikhalkov, Russia’s former president.

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