Movie premieres of the week: «Jumanji: a jungle», «Tree new» and «Ferdinand»

© Fotolia / Tyler OlsonЗрители in the cinema. Archival photoMovie premieres of the week: «Jumanji: a jungle», «Tree new» and «Ferdinand»© Fotolia / Tyler Olson

The audience in Russian cinemas this week, looking forward to the sequel of the movie «Jumanji» hit in 1995, another new year’s «Trees» from Timur Bekmambetov and Żory Gooseberry family, intelligent black Comedy «the Party» — the participant of the main competition of the Berlinale and an animated film about a good-natured bull Ferdinand.

Jumanji: the jungle

Film Jake Kasdan «Jumanji: a jungle» — the continuation of the story told in a fantastic picture of Joe Johnston’s «Jumanji» in 1995. The original inhabitants of the jungle has penetrated into our world, and in the new film heroes go into the jungle themselves.

Four teenagers find themselves inside the game «Jumanji», but now it’s not a table, and a video game — in the spirit of the time. They will fight with a rhinoceros, black Mambo, every step will be watched by an endless series of traps and puzzles.

To complete the game and stay alive, they will have to transform into game characters: the timid and shy Spencer is transformed into a brave and strong researcher (Dwayne Johnson), big Fridge – little man (Kevin HART), beautiful Bethany – Professor (Jack black), a clumsy and ungainly Mar is a fearless and clever Amazon (Karen Gillan). Friends will have to adapt to unusual roles and to find their way home.

«Our task was to remove an action adventure in the classic sense of the word, and the heroes in this film, the map had to put a lot. And the stakes were high: because in Jumanji you can die. We knew that the film will be a lot of jokes and humor, but we also wanted to fill it as believable action scenes to tickle the audience nerves» – quoted producer Matthew Tolmach press service of the company WDSSPR.

On the website Rotten Tomatoes ranking audience expectations of the film was 93%.


Continued rating new year of the franchise «Christmas Tree New» creative producer, writer and Director who this year was Zhora Krizovnicka («Kiss!») consists of five short stories that, as always, the storyline intertwined and connected with a festive mood.

The action again takes place in different cities of Russia. Filming of the short stories along with Gooseberry worked Directors Dmitriy Kiselev («first Time»), Alexander Karpilovsky («Trees 3») and Alex Need (TV series «Olga»).

To the already popular heroes of the Ivan Urgant and Sergey Svetlakov added new characters in the performance of Dmitry Nagiyev, Yulia Alexandrova, Ekaterina Klimova, Elena Yakovleva, Sergey Puskepalis, Andrei Bourkovski and Valentina Mazunina.

«Eight years ago when the project began, it was pure experiment. Nobody believed that this format will be successful. Life has shown that we made the right choice: the audience had a tradition – every New year to go on the «Christmas Tree». However, we would not have achieved success if it had stayed in the experimentation, finding new approaches to our projects,» — said at a press conference the producer Timur Bekmambetov.

At a press conference dedicated to the film, Krizovnicka said that in one of the stories in the scenes where maiden goes and congratulates the family on the holiday, starred ordinary Russians.

«We have announced a competition among Russian families – each had the opportunity to play those to whom the film is coming to visit the snow maiden. It was necessary to send us a photo, a video of the family celebrating the New year. There were about 500 applications. Eventually won four of the family – from Rostov-on-don, Samara, Tula, and Voronezh,» — said the Director.

The winners were invited to Moscow, and took four versions of this story. «Now in the theaters of Samara, Tula, Voronezh and Rostov-on-don will be shown exactly those «new Trees», which starred their residents,» said Krizovnicka.


World premiere the black-and-white British film of the famous classic auteur cinema of Sally Potter («the Man who cried», «the tango Lesson», «Orlando») was held in the main competition program of the Berlin film festival. The Director defined the genre of his film as a «tragedy wrapped in the wrapper of Comedy, something that «begins as a holiday, but ends with blood on the floor.»

The plot of the film house at the main characters bill and Janet are going to old friends to sit, drink wine, share news. The evening would have been a success, but then bill makes a statement after which old friends are ready to rip each other’s throats, both figuratively and quite literally.

«Party» was originally conceived as a movie, where the restriction in time and space will be an advantage. We shot black and white movie without special effects and multiple locations, I tell the story using only simple techniques. All at a glance. You have nowhere to hide when working with such basic elements as character, light and darkness, voice and music. I am infinitely lucky with the ensemble of great actors who were not afraid to take a risk and dove right in with gusto and discipline. World events often make us cry, so we worked hard for the healing power of laughter,» told reporters Sally Potter

Role in the film played by famous British actors Timothy spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Cillian Murphy, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Bruno Ganz, cherry Jones.


Animated film Carlos Saldanha «Ferdinand» from the film company 20th Century Fox tells the story of the peaceful bull of Spain who liked to see the flowers in the meadow, and he was selected to participate in the bullfights in Madrid.

In the Russian version of Ferdinand was voiced by the actor Yuri Kolokolnikov, who played one of the roles in famous Hollywood Saga «Game of thrones». At the Studio in Los Angeles, he carried out his cherished dream.

«To participate in the work on the animated film was my very old dream. I’m so glad it finally happened and now I have become a part of the world of animation. I do believe that it is the highest point in cinematography where everything is possible,» said Kolokolnikov reporters.