Gogolesque Passions  Temptations of Success or Serving High Art

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 18.06.53Nikolai Gogol’s ultramodern shortstory «The Portrait», woven from thoughts of perseverance and unselfish truthfulness of genuine art, free, acknowledging only its own judgment over itself, inspired fine artists to convey the work of fiction into a motion picture.

The mystifying, dual-sided portrait of the 19th century art world, explores weakness before temptation, pivotal encounters, intrique, anguish of jealousy and the thorny path to redemption.

Inimitable talents of stage and screen David Oakes as portrait painter Andrei Chartkov and Stanislav Ryadinskiy as icon writer Alexei Pravdin, lead a superb cast in the adaptation of the literary classic.

The cinematic expression of fine artists, co-screenwriters/producers/directors Anastasia and Elena Baranoff shall bind powerful art forms of painting and the moving pictures, to illustrate a bold, inspired vision.

Combining extraordinary sounds and musical forms, virtuoso composer Kuzma Bodrov is to write the original score for the film.

«The Portrait», produced by Tempera Movement, links together an international ensemble of filmmakers to bring Gogol’s masterwork to the screen in its full scope, for the first time in film history.

Production is planned to commence during the second half of 2016 on location in Russia and shall incorporate historic interiors of estates, palaces and museums.

Set in Imperial Saint Petersburg, the story intertwines fates of two artists around a mysterious portrait.

Gifted, impoverished portrait painter Andrei Chartkov (David Oakes) is on the verge of perfecting his talent, until one day he is endowed with riches mystically appearing in his life by the force of a lifelike portrait he unexpectedly stumbles upon in an art shop.

Yearning for popularity and beguiled by the luster of gold, Andrei embarks on a whirlwind journey that changes the course of his entire existence.

The painting is revealed to be a strange image of a Moneylender. Years before, on a quest for eternal existence, the Moneylender commissions Alexei Pravdin (Stanislav Ryadinskiy), a devout icon writer, to paint his very likeness.

Twisting together three time periods, through deep drama, sharp satire, poetic lyricism and mysticism The Portrait explores themes of artistic and human integrity, fame, and principles.

DAVID OAKES (ANDREI CHARTKOV – PORTRAIT PAINTER)

David Oakes - The Portrait - Photo By James Joyce (1)In 2005, David graduated with a First Class Degree In English Literature from the University of Manchester and studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007.

David began his artistic career at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and has appeared in a number of acclaimed theatre productions at the Noel Coward Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Open Air Theatre Regents Park, to name but a few.

He is renowned for his vivid on-screen performances as Juan Borgia in historical-fiction drama The Borgias (Showtime), George Duke of Clarence in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated mini-series The White Queen (BBC) and William Hamleigh in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated mini-series The Pillars of the Earth (Scottfree/Tandem/CBC).

David shall next be seen in Victoria, an ITV/Mammoth Screen dramatization of the life of the British monarch,and The Living and the Dead for the BBC.

A film and theatre director in his own right, David is a longstanding collaborator of Shakespeare’s Globe Read Not Dead Series – An exploration and celebration of plays performed in London before 1642.

In 2015, David was nominated for the What’s On Stage Awards and Broadway World UK/West End Awards for his portrayal of Christopher Marlowe in Shakespeare In Love, the 2015 Olivier Award nominated West End play.

STANISLAV RYADINSKIY (ALEXEI PRAVDIN – ICON WRITER)

Stanislav Ryadinskiy - The Portrait - Photo By Elena V. BaranoffFrom 1998 – 2000, Stanislav studied at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre’s (MXT) School-Studio named after K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich- Danchenko, class of O. P. Tabakov, and in 2003 graduated from the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, class of R. U. Ovchinnikov.

Since 2003, Stanislav has been a company member of Moscow’s Lenkom Theatre, in addition to performing in stage productions at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre andStanislavsky Drama Theatre.

He made his feature film début playing the title role of young Hans Christian Andersen in “Andersen–Life Without Love”. Since then, Stanislav has created a number of diverse characters, from his turn as a 1970’s hippie leader Sun in “The House of Sun”, Grigory Pechorin in “Pechorin”, a screen adaptation of Mikhail Lermontov’s novel “A Hero Of Our Time”, to his dramatic performance in “Innocent Saturday”.

Stanislav shall next be seen as Zorkin in the anticipated Russian action drama “Icebreaker”.

In 2010, Stanislav was awarded the Best Actor prize at the XVII International Youth Film Festival “ARTEK” for the role of Sun in “The House Of Sun”, and in 2015 took home the Best Actor award at the International Mica Film Festival in Brazil for the role of Gregory Pechorin in “Pechorin”.

ANASTASIA BARANOFF 

(CO-DIRECTOR/WRITER/DESIGNER/PRODUCER)

Anastasia Elena Baranoff - The PortraitAnastasia is an honorary fine art graduate of School of the Arts and Academy of Art University of San Francisco, class of 2004, with a degree in Fashion Design with distinction, and studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

Her one of a kind paintings have been exhibited at the Haggin Museum in California, Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Florida, Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont, Mall Galleries in London, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Florida, amongst others and are housed in US private collections.

As an award-winning artist, Anastasia’s numerous honors include “Best Work By A Young Artist Award” in the 38th & 37th International Fine Art Exhibitions of Miniature Art at Leepa-Rattner Museum and Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Florida.

Fifth generation of egg tempera painters in a dynasty of distinguished Russian Palekh fine artists and icon writers, art creations of Anastasia’s ancestors can be seen in leading museums, including the National Pushkin Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Gorky Museum in Moscow. In 2013 she co- founded the Egg Tempera Movement with Elena Baranoff, in an effort to revitalize the rare fine art tradition.

ELENA BARANOFF

(CO-DIRECTOR/WRITER/DESIGNER/PRODUCER)

Elena Vladimir BaranoffHaving earned a Masters of Fine Art in Miniature Painting, Elena graduated from the renowned Palekh Art College, Russia, where centuries old traditions were inherited from generations of icon writers by generations of fine artists.

An internationally acclaimed, award-winning master of fine art, Elena’s one of a kind paintings have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Dean Gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art in Florida, Gulf Coast Museum in Florida, Springfield Art Museum in Missouri and others, in addition to leading US art galleries.

Her rare works of art are housed in prominent fine art collections around the world, including the British Royal Collection of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and her professional profile is featured in Who’s Who In Art – Biographies of Leading Men and Women in the World of Art in Britain Today. 

Elena’s portrait sitters have included Lord Bishop of London, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco, Lord Mark Poltimore, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s and others.

Over the years, Elena developed her own new style of painting, perfecting and championing the mesmerizing egg tempera fine art medium in our modern society.

In 2013 she co-founded the Egg Tempera Movement with Anastasia Baranoff, in an effort to revitalize the rare fine art tradition.

KUZMA BODROV (COMPOSER)

Kuzma BodrovIn 2005 Kuzma graduated from the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and completed his graduate studies in composition under the direction of professor A. V. Tchaikovsky in 2008.

An award-winning composer, Kuzma has created original music for theater, opera, motion pictures, animated films, chamber instrumental compositions, arrangements for ensembles, orchestra and choir. He is the author of several works written for the mass of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (JMJ Madrid, 2011).

Kuzma collaborates with «Universal Edition» Publishing House in Vienna and is composer-in-residence with JMJ Orchestra in Madrid.

In 2011 he had been named “Person of the Year” by the Muzykalnoe Obozrenie (Music Review) Newspaper and in 2008 received a prize from composers radio «Deutsche Welle» (Germany, Bonn).

Kuzma Bodrov’s music is performed by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, Evgeny Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic, Glinka Capella Symphony Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra «St.Petersburg Camerata», amongst others.

Major compositions include Opera H.M. Mixed Media, Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra, Sinfonietta For Chamber Orchestra, Symphony for Full Symphony Orchestra, Caprice for Violin and Orchestra & others. 

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