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Short Stories

Director Mikhail Segal scheduled to attend | May 25 & May 26

Short Stories is about a writer and his short story manuscript that finds its way into the lives of the publishers that rejected it. The five stories are a tableau of entertaining ultra-contemporary Russian tales.

Schedule
May 25, 2013
Saturday
5:30 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
May 27, 2013
Monday
3:30 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
June 5, 2013
Wednesday
6:00 PM Kirkland Performance Center Date has passed

Get ready for five intelligent, stylish, and entertaining short stories. Director Mikhail Segal's film presents a profoundly humorous glimpse into today's Russia. It begins with the writer. Even though the publishers reject his work, his manuscript curiously finds its way back into each one of their lives. In one story, a young couple meets their wedding planner who turns into a life-coach. Next, we follow the money from a petty bribe to the top brass to the inaccessible highest man in the land. We meet a librarian extra-sensor Pushkin scholar who the police engage to find a missing girl. And in the land of famous traffic jams, we experience an erotic traffic encounter with a couple from different generations. Short Stories is brought together by the writer who had been told that short stories aren't marketable. Director Segal imbues his film with humor and biting social commentary. He shows an adept handling of plot achieved through satire and stylish precision-a nice counterbalance to the dark masterpieces of his contemporaries. All five stories create a fine and savvy vision of ultra-contemporary Russian tales told by a brilliant short story writer.

Director Biography
Growing up in Oryol, Russia, Mikhail Segal was fond of writing and staging performances and graduated from Director Faculty of Oryol Institute of Culture in 1994. After graduation, he mainly worked with music videos, winning MTV’s “Best Music Video Competition” in 2007 at the Russian MTV Awards. Short Stories is his second feature film.

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Director: Mikhail Segal
Principal Cast: Andrei Merzlikin, Igor Ugolnikov, Tamara Mironova, Lubov Novikova, Konstantim Youshkevich, Darya Nosik, Andrey Petrov
Premiere Status: North America
Country: Russia
Year: 2012
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Anastasia Kavunovskaya, Andrey Kretov
Screenplay: Mikhail Segal
Cinematographers: Eduard Moshkovich
Editors: Mikhail Segal
Music: Anjey Petras
Website: http://www.ru-media.com/projects/project-31.html
Awards: Vivat Kino Rossi Festival 2012 (First Prize); Russian Film Week in Paris 2012 (Audience Award); Open Russian Film Festival 2012 (Best Screenplay)
Filmography: Franz + Polina (2006)
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Yes
International Sales: RUmedia
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