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MIDNIGHT

NEWSMAKERS

Directed by Anders Banke
FEATURE NARRATIVE 110 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE NEWSMAKERS
In an age where media is more vast and more immediate than ever imaginable, Newsmakers takes the term "media war" to the next level. When the police botch catching a gang of robbers and it's all caught on camera, the public confidence in the police drops to an all-time low. To give the force an image transformation, PR director Katya proposes creating a reality show around the search-and-destroy mission to catch the gang. The special police force rescue effort backfires, but Katya manipulates the footage to make it seem like a victory. When the leader of the gang sees this phony "news" on TV, he begins to broadcast, via Web cam, what is actually happening. This is when the real war begins.

Sam Klebanov and Aleksandr Lungin adapted veteran filmmaker Johnnie To's Breaking News for their screenplay, transplanting the action to present-day Moscow. Trading in fangs for guns, Swedish director Anders Banke makes a major leap from his previous low-budget cult vampire feature Frostbite. He stages loud, massive gunfights like a pro and keeps the action at a brisk pace. Though guns are ubiquitous in Newsmakers' world, the cameraman is always stronger than the gunman, and media is the weapon of most destruction.
Drama, Crime, Action, Thriller
About the Director(s)
Anders Banke (b. 1969, Malmo, Sweden) studied film directing at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography. He cut his teeth on a number of short films, music videos, and commercials before making his feature film debut with the teenage vampire horror-comedy Frostbite. The film has screened at 50 international film festivals and won multiple festival awards, including the grand prize at Fantasporto.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Midnight
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    110 minutes
  • Language:
    Russian
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Andrei Merzlikin, Evgeni Tsyganov, Mariya Mashkova, Sergey Garmash, Maksim Konovalov, Yuri Shlykov
  • Director:
    Anders Banke
  • Screenwriters:
    Sam Klebanov, Aleksandr Lungin
  • Producers:
    Sam Klebanov, Anna Katchko
  • Co-Producers:
    Peter Hiltunen, Alexander Sizov
  • Director of Photography:
    Chris Maris
  • Composer:
    Anthony Lledo
  • Production Designer:
    Grigori Pushkin

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Ruby Rondina
    Cinemavault
    175 Bloor Street East, South Tower, Suite 1011 Toronto, Ontario M4W 3RB
    Phone: 416 363 6060 x227
    rubyrondina@cinemavault.com
  • Main Contact
    Sam Klebanov
    Maywin Media AB
    sam@maywin.com
  • Director
    Anders Banke
    Solid Entertainment AB
    O. Varvsg. 3 Malmo, 211 19
    anders@solidentertainment.se
  • Main Contact
    Anna Katchko
    Suschevskiy val, 4 Moscow, CA 127018
    Phone: +74 959 807 568
    akatchko@gmail.com
  • Sales Contact
    Nick Stiliadis
    CEO
    Cinemavault
    175 Bloor Street East, South Tower, Ste. 1011 Toronto, ON M4W 3R8
    Phone: P: 416 363 6060
    nickstiliadis@cinemavault.com
  • Print Source
    Ruby Rondina
    Cinemavault
    175 Bloor Street East, South Tower, Suite 1011 Toronto, Ontario M4W 3RB
    Phone: 416 363 6060 x227
    rubyrondina@cinemavault.com
  • Main Contact
    Sam Klebanov
    Maywin Media AB
    sam@maywin.com
  • Director
    Anders Banke
    Solid Entertainment AB
    O. Varvsg. 3 Malmo, 211 19
    anders@solidentertainment.se
  • Main Contact
    Anna Katchko
    Suschevskiy val, 4 Moscow, CA 127018
    Phone: +74 959 807 568
    akatchko@gmail.com
  • Sales Contact
    Nick Stiliadis
    CEO
    Cinemavault
    175 Bloor Street East, South Tower, Ste. 1011 Toronto, ON M4W 3R8
    Phone: P: 416 363 6060
    nickstiliadis@cinemavault.com

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