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"A certain European city ..."

Vladivostok is gaining popularity among cinematographers in North and South-East Asia as a place for field surveys. Experts do not exclude the creation here in the near future of a powerful regional center for film production. The laws on the "Free Port" and TORs can stimulate this process

On the pier of the sea ferry crossing, against the backdrop of the ships a young pretty Chinese woman is sitting and fishing. She is not alone - around her there are a group of happy young people and girls. Judging by the look, they are all students. The time of the year is something near the beginning of spring ...

"A certain European city ..."
This is one of the scenes of the film “Julie and Silence” of the Hong Kong film company “We Pictures”, which was filmed last week in Vladivostok. As conceived by director Derek Tsang - who took four days of filming in the capital of Primorye, from 20 to 23 in February - several scenes will be filmed with the main character of the film: Julie walks along Ocean Avenue and other places in the historical center of Vladivostok, Julie rides a tram, Julie to post office, Julie at the railway station ... Mass for the environment of the main character - beautiful and interesting faces, types - was also selected by the director in Vladivostok.

"Vladivostok will be featured in our film as an abstract European city without a name. According to the script, this city is described in the novel of close friend Julie as one of the places of her travels around the world. And Julie, in turn, reading the novel, is building her romantic route through his pages. Of course, it will be indicated in the credits that the shooting was also carried out in Vladivostok, "explained in an interview with the correspondent. "ER" is the producer of the film, Ms Joe Jou.

It must be said, Vladivostok “as a kind of European city” in the last ten or twelve years is very popular as a place for filming with cinematographers from the countries of South-East Asia. So in 2013, the film “The Seventh Code” by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa was completely shot here 2003-m - The scenes of the movie "Hotel Venus" by another Japanese director Hidet Takahat were shot in the summer 2005-th - scenes of the South Korean film "Typhoon" (director - Kwak Ken Taek), in 2012-m - scenes of the Chinese film "Borders" (directed by Zhao Kyaw Gaw).

Among the domestic cinematographers, the picturesque Vladivostok is also in demand (take at least such Russian films of the last few years, filmed here as "Piranhas", "Tale of Darkness", "The Last Floor", "Belovodie. The Mystery of a Lost Country", etc.). But in this case the capital of Primorye is symbolized not by the European, but rather by some Russian port city.

In Soviet times, Vladivostok also managed to grab a modest but very prestigious piece of cinematic glory. So, in 1967-68gg. The shooting of the historical adventure film “The Password is Not Needed” took place here in the eponymous novel by Julian Semyonov about the youth of intelligence officer Masksim Isayev, the future Stirlitz (directed by Boris Grigoriev). AT 1982-m - the film “Vladivostok, Year 1918” was shot - about the feat of the young Bolshevik Konstantin Sukhanov (director - Eduard Gavrilov). AT 1988-m On the Russian island, some scenes of the movie "Moodzund" were shot based on the novel of the same name by Valentin Pikul (director - Alexander Muratov). There were other pictures included in the imperishable film fund of the USSR.

All this speaks in favor of the fact that Vladivostok, in the future, could become one of the centers of film production in Northeast and Southeast Asia. At least both foreign and Russian filmmakers who come here for the Pacific Meridian annual regional film festival celebrate the city’s excellent “location” (picturesque landscape) and the optimum degree of sun lighting required for filming. So, Alexander Andryushchenko - director and producer of the film “Partner” (adventure comedy with Sergei Garmash in the lead role, which was also shot in Vladivostok last August) - said at one of the press conferences: “We came here for the first time in April and immediately fell in love with this city - there is a very pleasant energy here. The idea to make a film in Vladivostok was born because we want to expand the territory of a large Russian cinema, and shoot not only about Moscow and St. Petersburg. In my opinion, Vladivostok is one of the most underestimated cities by filmmakers. ”

Against the background of such assessments and increasing attention from the film industry in the city, the associated infrastructure is being created. Today, there are more than ten legal entities that call themselves film companies and specialize in the production of film production of various genres. And recently, in the regional center, an independent structure, called the Film Commission of Vladivostok, began to work closely with the administrations of the city and region.

“Our task is to promote the city and the region in the field of film production, to attract international film projects here, to support foreign filmmakers who come to Vladivostok or Primorye for filming. We help them with customs clearance, equipment rental, obtaining permits for commercial and government facilities, the selection of a local film crew, actors, etc. In addition, we develop our own film industry and enter the joint production not only with Asian but also European countries. In particular - with France, Italy and Novegia. In total, with our support, more than 20 film projects have been implemented, ”said Dmitry Shevtsov, director of the Film Commission of Vladivostok, to an ER correspondent.

It should be noted that a year before the APEC-2012 summit, at the end of 2011, the penultimate governor of Primorye and a large Far Eastern businessman Sergey Darkin did not rule out the possibility of building a film studio on the island of Vladivostok, which is administratively within the borders of Vladivostok, in the near future. And the wife of the ex-governor, actress of the Primorsky Territory Academic Theater named after M. Gorky Larissa Belobrova even pointed out that the project already has specific investors, including foreign ones.

The theme of the construction of a film studio in Vladivostok (or Primorye) is again updated against the backdrop of tax and customs preferences envisaged by the laws "On the Free Port of Vladivostok" and "Territories of Advanced Social and Economic Development" (TOR) that came into force. According to Alexei Kazakov, director of the information policy department of the Primorsky Territory: "Cinematography in Primorye can be developed in the form of public-private partnership. For example, within the framework of TOP Russian Island, which provides, including technical and innovative and scientific and educational specialization.
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