Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yekaterinburg actress Irina Ermolova to star in Konchalovsky film at Venice Film Festival

Yekaterinburg actress Irina Ermolova is the star of Andrei Konchalovsky's newest film, "The White Nights of Postman Alexei Tryapitsyn," which will be premiering at the 71st Venice Film Festival later this year.

Ermolova was born in Solikamsk and graduated from the Sverdlovsk State Theater Institute in 1990. She became a company member of the Sverdlovsk Drama Theater in 1994 and joined the Kolyada Theatre company in 2005. She has acted in six films and is an Honored Artist of Russia, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

"Initially, it was planned that the film will not be [comprised of] professional actors--only villagers," Ermolova said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "But then we decided nevertheless to send one 'saboteur' to revive a little story, add a love affair. Konchalovsky immediately [decided] that actress should be [from] outside Moscow."

Ermolova was among 30 women who auditioned for the part of the protagonist's love interest. In the film, her nine-year-old son is played by Timur Bondarenko.

"Shooting days were few," Ermolova said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports. "Few we went for a week on an expedition to the village Vershinino, got acquainted with the locals--they all had to know me well. Then, two and a half months living on different islands. Sometimes- in good conditions, in a hotel. True, there were several thunderstorms, a few days cut off electricity--there was no light, no cellular connection, no internet."

The Venice Film Festival, which will be held from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6, is the oldest existing film festival in the world, and this year it will feature 20 films from across the U.S., Mexico, France, Italy, China, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Iran, Japan and Russia.