Director Aleksander Shein and actress Chulpan Khamatova will be presenting the director’s cut of VMayakovsky in London as a charity film screening in aid of the Gift of Life Foundation.

On 1 December, The Soho Hotel in London will be hosting a charity film screening of VMayakovsky in aid of children with oncological illnesses in the Gift of Life Foundation’s care. The screening will be in advance of the film’s official premiere in spring 2018.

VMayakovsky is a look at history through the prism of the present. Before the audience’s eyes, the actors metamorphose into the film’s characters (the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky; the women whom he loved and who left him; the friends who admired him and distanced themselves from him; the merciless “knights of the Revolution” who proclaimed him to be their symbol), drawing us into Mayakovsky himself, making us live his drama of love, creativity and humanity alongside them as if it was our own.

The screening will finish with a discussion with the director, Aleksander Shein, and the actress Chulpan Khamatova, co-founder of the Russian charity Podari Zhizn, Gift of Life’s sister organisation. The audience will have the opportunity to ask Shein and Khamatova questions about the making of the film and to learn more about the ATLAS VMAYAKOVSKY project to which this film belongs.

In addition to Chulpan Khamatova, playing Lily Brik, the film features such renowned stars of Russian theatre and cinema as Yuri Kolokolnikov, Yevgeny Mironov, Lyudmila Maksakova, Anton Adasinsky, Mikhail Yefremov, Albert Alberts and Nikita Efremov.

Thanks to the support of Pictet Wealth Management and the charity’s permanent partners, all funds gained from ticket sales will be used directly to aid children with oncological illnesses in Gift of Life’s care.

Project and bios

Aleksander Shein is a Russian cinematographer, screenwriter and producer. He is the general producer for 2PLAN2 Cinema Group. Shein has worked as a producer on such well-known films as Ivan Vyrypaev’s Euphoria, Valeriya Gay Germanika’s Birthday of the Infanta, and Nazidanie, on which he worked as codirector with Boris Yukhananov.

Chulpan Khamatova is one of Russia’s most famous and sought-after actresses, having gained global acclaim after her part in the German film Good Bye, Lenin! (2003). Together with fellow actress Dina Korzun, Khamatova founded the charity Podari Zhizn, as a result of which the pair’s names have become closely associated with charity work in Russia.

ATLAS VMAYAKOVSKY is a multidisciplinary project that immerses the viewer into the world of the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Russian art and history of the 20th–21st centuries. The project, a multimedia exhibition, will open at the State Tretyakov Gallery in February 2018, transporting the illusory space of archive and film into reality. On entering this space, the viewer will be able to not only watch the film, but to find themselves within Mayakovsky himself. The ATLAS’s audience will take a journey through Mayakovsky, both the man and the film. In other words, the project offers not only a spectacle, but above all an existential experience.

To learn more about VMayakovsky and the ATLAS VMAYAKOVSKY project, please contact Yulia Girba at masterfest@yandex.com

The Gift of Life Foundation is a sister charity to the Russian Podari Zhizn Foundation. Its primary purpose is to gather funds within the UK and other European countries in order to pay for the treatment of severely ill children in Russia. Gift of Life regularly gathers money for medicines which are not yet registered in Russia, but which are irreplaceable when treating certain types of cancer.

The charity also pays for visits by foreign specialists to the Dmitry Rogachev Centre for Paediatric Haematology in Moscow in order to conduct operations and teach Russian doctors unique surgical methods. Since 2011, Gift of Life has collected over £4,200,000 and provided aid to over 310 Russian children.