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OLEG
(90 min) Russia/US
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SATURDAY 10/23, 7:40 PM (SESSION 6)

Director: Nadia Tass
Producer:
Joan Borsten

Description:

Based on his soon to be published autobiography, OLEG reveals the incredible life story of Oleg Vidov. Born in communist Russia to a schoolteacher, by the age of 25, Oleg had become one of the Soviet Union’s most celebrated actors of his time. However, no amount of fame could save him from the political system that tried to control his life. He married into General Secretary Brezhnev’s inner circle only to wind up blacklisted, threatened with death, and forced to defect to the West. Reinventing himself in Hollywood, his efforts to counter anti-Russian stereotypes were attacked by the same forces that ruined his career decades earlier. Finally, in October 1991, with Oleg’s fears of persecution calmed by the rise of perestroika, he returned to Moscow to star in a Danish film. Then, two months later, on Christmas Day 1991, President Gorbachev resigned from office and the USSR collapsed.

Biography:

Nadia Tass is one of Australia's most respected filmmakers. Known for directing Australian classic films Malcolm, The Big Steal and Amy. She has directed films for major studios in Hollywood and her film work has garnered 68 international awards including some at Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. Tass's work in America includes film and high-end television for Universal Studios, Disney, Warner Bros, ABC and CBS. Her first feature in the US was Pure Luck starring Danny Glover and Martin Short. More recent projects are Fatal Honeymoon starring Harvey Keitel, and Lea To The Rescue.

Joan Borsten was a staff reporter for Israel's English language daily The Jerusalem Post, interviewing leading Israeli politicians and celebrities, covering the peace process with Egypt and the Israeli Invasion of Lebanon. Also, she was a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Calendar section covering film production and the politics of film from Poland to West Africa, and Spain to India. She was a president of US Operations for Carthago Films and then COO of Just Betzer Films, which produced the Best Foreign Film Oscar winner Babette's Feast. In 1988 with Oleg Vidov she formed Films by Jove Inc., which acquired worldwide rights (excluding the former USSR) to most of the award-winning animation library of Moscow's Soyuzmultfilm Studio.

Contact Information:

w: https://www.olegvidovfilm.com/about-oleg-vidov
e: joanborsten@gmail.com, nancy@cinemacollet.com, phillip@cityprinc.com



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