September 24, 2008

‘Mermaid’ Named Russia’s Oscar Entry

Anna Melikyan's "The Mermaid" has been chosen as the official Russian selection for the Oscar for Foreign Language Film, it was announced Wednesday.

The Oscars National Selection Committee in the Russian Federation chose the film from eight Russian motion pictures, said representatives for the movie.

Starring Masha Shalaeva, Evgeny Tsyganov and Maria Sokova, the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the United States where Melikyan earned the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award.

It was produced by Magnum Film Company for Central Partnership, which was founded in 1996 and which consists of the Central Partnership television and film production company, and the independent distributor Central Partnership Sales House, along with the Internet portal

"We truly believe that 'The Mermaid' deserves to be one of those motion pictures that are determining the perception of the Russian cinema abroad. This motion picture is both a product of director's inspiration and production process. We do really value the experience we got while working on this film," Ruben Dishdishyan, president and CEO of Central Partnership, said in a statement.