Heartless S01E02 "Episode 2" Recap

Flashback to Ottman's Manor, 1666. At Ottman's Moor, a man named Christian meets with his pregnant lover in secret. He promises to take care of their child, despite having already been caught with her by his wife Gertrud. She is also pregnant with his child and scolds him for bringing shame to their name.

In the present day at the Ottman boarding school, Sofie's teacher has no information to offer her on who the woman in the mosaic with the heart design is. She wishes Sofie well with the moor christening, an initiation rite for new students.

At the Ottman Headmaster's house, sisters Clara and Emilie speak about their father and his strict restrictions on their desires to be free and socialise. Emilie is the older of those two and particularly headstrong. Emilie has cramps so her older sister Ida gives her a homemade remedy to drink and soothe her aches.

Sebastian and Sofie sneaks into the headmaster's office to try to find answers in their investigation. They know the woman in the mosaic is named Gertrud but they can't find anything else about her because of how long ago she was alive. Sebastian begins ruffling through files and papers but Sofie spots an old school portrait in which their mother is seen. She bears a striking resemblance to Sofie. They remove the photo from the frame and quickly hide it on top of a large piece of furniture when they hear the headmaster coming. They claim that they only came by to say they are enjoying their time at the school and feel it is a good fit for them. Headmaster Just is aware that they grew up in an orphanage from their file. He warns them to wait outside his office next time they come by and sends them off to fencing class.

At fencing class, Ditlev once again tries to flirt with Sofie though she remains school to him since he's been nothing but a violent brute. He warns her that he's watching her and once again brings up the moor christening. Sofie's roommate Nadja flirts with Sebastian. Sofie goes to fence with Emilie and loses her temper when headmaster Just repeatedly awards Emilie points when Sofie gets too unconventional with her fighting style. After they finish fighting, they shower and it is hinted at that Sofie has a fear of water. Emilie starts speaking to Sofie and tell her that her unconventional fighting is a good thing and that she could be a formidable fencer if she trains. When Emilie mentions the moor christening, Sofie asks her to explain what it is. Emilie shares that it's a secret party at which the new students are christened and there's something to do with a ghost of a troubled woman. Sofie becomes alarmed at the realization that they'll be put in water. She demands to Sebastian that they leave but he says they need to find the answers they came from. Sofie orders him to "get some" (meaning he needs to feed) and give her some since he owes her for syphoning off of her when she was the last one to feed between them.

Sebastian questions an older woman on the school's staff about the picture of his mother and the woman identifies her as Laura. The woman claims that she was a nice girl that worked in the kitchen until she randomly disappeared without taking her paycheck. She disappeared on the night of the moor christening nearly twenty years ago. He explains that Laura was looking for a woman named Gertrud and asks if she knows anything about this. The woman says that the christening used to be called Gertrud's Eve. It was supposedly named after the ghost that's been said to appear on that night. The woman asks why he's asking about Laura and he merely claims that she's a distant relative. He says that her room was emptied and her belongings were thrown away. Her room had been up in the attic.

Sebastian heads upstairs and encounters the kitchen girl Josefine that he is attracted to being harassed by her ex-boyfriend Pede. He approaches her after Pede leaves angry to check on her and introduce himself. He enquires if Pede is her boyfriend and she explains that he is refusing to accept that their relationship is over. The two share a moment in which Sebastian appears to consider kissing her but doesn't want to feed on her so he simply lingers before politely excusing himself. Sofie is angry at him when she finds out her didn't feed on Josefine since she is becoming increasingly ravenous. Sebastian assures her that he will find some other way of producing 'food'. He shares what information he has learned about Gertrud being a ghost that is said to appear on the eve of the christening.

Returning to the flashback, Christian's father warns him that the devil can appear as women and claims Christian has been enchanted by a witch. Christian insists that his mistress Ane isn't a witch but his father is insistent that she must admit her sins and be burned for being a witch. Christian meets Ane in the woods and ends the relationship, insisting that she needs to leave and gives her a bag of coins that she repeatedly drops whenever Christian tries to hand it to her. He walks away, leaving her distraught.

In the present, Headmaster Just tells Ditlev to watch closely at during the christening to make sure Emilie doesn't attend, as he has forbidden her from attending. He also says that the christening must not get out of hand. Ditlev passes on Just's orders that things mustn't get out of hand but they all laugh sadistically, intent on doing whatever they please.

Emilie puts on a new dress with the help of Clara. Ida orders her to take it off and the two argue. Emilie only agrees to let Ida take the dress off when she threatens to get their father. Emilie becomes increasingly enraged, while Ida attempts to undo the buttons, until she seemingly manifests telekinetic powers that cause her to break a glass of water. Ida orders her to clean it up and leaves. Clara admits that she's seen the power Emilie has. Emilie tries to use the ability again but the broken pieces only shake slightly.

Ida warns her father that Emilie has "started" and that she herself was over 20 while Emilie is only 17. Headmaster Just warns Ida to make sure that Emilie doesn't go to the christening and Ida agrees.

Sofie helps Nadja get ready for the christening. Nadja enquires if Sebastian is seeing anyone and Sofie says that he isn't boyfriend material, as it always goes wrong. Sofie says that he sucks the life out of those he gets involved with. Nadja asks if he simply hasn't met the right girl yet and Sofie says that isn't the case. Nadja leaves to go to the christening while Sofie stays behind.

That night, Ida becomes suspicious and checks on her younger sisters. Though Clara is asleep in her bed, Emilie is nowhere to be found since she has snuck out to attend the christening. Sebastian arrives and tells a fellow student that Sofie isn't coming since she doesn't like water. The student tells Sebastian that Nadja is looking for him and warns him not to hurt her if he's not interested. When Sebastian encounters Nadja she has already consumed a fair amount of alcohol. She continues to flirt with him, raving about his hair and saying she could fall in love with him because of it.

Frederick and Pieter visit Sofie and forcibly bring her to the christening. The prefects explain that witches used to be thrown into the moor and if they floated they were innocent, guilty if they sank. They declare that they'll be testing to see if they have any witches. One by one, the new students are pushed into the moor and the crowd cheers.

Sebastian tells Nadja they should get back to where the other students are but she repeatedly insists that they should stay where they are until he leaves her, seemingly not wanting to feed on her. She then continues to drink alcohol from the bottle she is carrying.

The final student to be thrown in is Sofie, who cries out for Sebastian before being pushed in. Emilie watches the scene, seemingly concerned from having earlier observed Sofie's anxiety about water. She is the only student to go into the water and search for her, while the others simply stand back staring. Emilie swims deep to where Sofie has sunken down to and kisses her to give her some air before helping push her back up to the surface. She helps get Sofie out and Sebastian comes rushing over to check on Sofie, apologising for this latest trauma. Sebastian nearly attacks Ditlev but another student separates them. He again checks on Sofie before storming off and the students disperse under the orders of the prefects. Sebastian finds Nadja highly drunk and almost passed out entirely slumped against a tree. He feeds from her but doesn't take too much so she stays alive, albeit passed out. After feeding, he picks her up and takes her back to her room.

Emilie kisses Sofie goodbye before returning home where she is met by a furious Ida who asks what happened at the lake. Emilie says she is wet from having helped Sofie out of the water. Emilie tells Ida she isn't her mother and Ida claims she is better than their mother ever was. Emilie berates Ida for doing all of the domestic, motherly duties of the household and asks if she fucks their father too. Ida storms off, furious.

Sebastian meets Sofie back at the manor and gives her some of what he has fed off of Nadja and says he'll see her tomorrow. A ghostly figure seemingly passes by downstairs and Sofie follows after the voice. She finds water on the floor and sees the ghost of Gertrud telling her to find the heart.

Heartless is available for streaming on Netflix.


Mr. Robot S03E07 "eps3.6_fredrick+tanya.chk" Recap

Elliot seeks refuge by visiting Krista, his therapist. She has the opportunity to speak with Mr. Robot and their conversation leads her to uncover that Elliot may be involved in the ongoing attacks. Mr. Robot shares that only one location was supposed to be taken out and his ideas have been twisted into something beyond what he designed.

Darlene is alarmed when Angela asks if the people that died in the attack will be okay and come back. She steps out of the apartment to pick up some of her things and recollect herself.

Tyrell stay quiet while in custody of law enforcement. He identifies the leaders of fsociety that are planning another attack within 24 hours and the suspects are revealed to the public. Agent Santiago pays him a visit and turns off the cameras. He then informs Tyrell of Joanna's death and that Tyrell's son is currently in foster care. He threatens Tyrell that his son will become another statistic if he dares to go off the plan.

Irving makes Mr. Robot realise that the revolution he had planned was only able to happen because the elite allowed it. Now Price is ruined and Zhang insists on punishing him for disobeying orders and failing to control Angela and the lawsuit. Zhang will select a replacement and move the Washington Township plant to the Congo.

Leon kills Mobley's friend and forces Mobley and Trenton to help him bury the body in the desert. When they return from the desert, they are met by some Dark Army agents and Zhang's assistant. They show Mobley and Trenton code for a planned attack on air traffic and order them to shoot themselves in the heads. Dom observes the raid that leads to the official discovery of the bodies and the planted evidence that connects fsociety to Iran. Dom is shocked and begins to believe that the Whitehorse, the true mastermind of it all, will get away with everything.

Mr. Robot airs on Wednesdays on USA at 10/9c.


SVT Releases Melodifestivalen 2018 Artists Announcement Date

Melodifestivalen 2018 has announced it's cities, host, and the final step is the roster of competing artists. Now SVT has shared that the artist press conference will take place Tuesday, November 28, at 9:30am Swedish time. The press conference will be available for online watching worldwide on SVT Play.


The Gifted S01E08 "threat of eXtinction" Recap

In a flashback, Andreas and Andrea von Strucker are caught by authorities. They join hands and unleash a blast that kills those attempting to apprehend them.

In present day, Reed informs his family that Sentinel Services have been working with a defense contractor called Trusk Industries, a company that Reed's father worked at. Reed had told his children that his father had disappeared many years ago but in actuality, he has been living just a few hours away. Caitlin knew about all this and states that Reed's father was unkind to him growing up. Reed shares how he got sick as a child and his father didn't even come to visit him in the hospital.

Marcos and Lorna fight over his collaboration with Carmen. Lorna believes that Marcos still enjoys his old ways instead of being truly committed to her.

Reed tells John they need to go to Chattanooga to follow the lead of his father formerly working at Trusk Industries. John says they need to make a run to rescue some Mutant refugees first but they will go to visit Otto Strucker afterwards.

Sonya tries to mend fences with Clarice but she is uninterested in being friends again.

As John and Marcos begin to load up the mutant refugees, Clarice spots a young girl with blue markings on her face and coaches her to come out from her hiding place. A telepath warns John that she's been getting some weird thoughts from a nearby mutant woman and when John approaches her, he spots a tattoo on her wrist indicating that Sentinel Services has had her in captivity. She goes on the attack and only when Clarice, Marcos and John work together with their abilities are they able to render her unconscious and capture her. They bring her back to Underground but first discard a tracking beacon she had in her bag. The Underground must determine what to do with her, while Reed and John head out to visit Otto Strucker.

Caitlin and the Strucker kids help tend to an injured mutant child that was injured during the attack from the mutant sent by Sentinel Services. Caitlin then moves on to the new telepath, Esme. Caitlin asks about her ability and to demonstrate it. Esme determines that Caitlin is concerned about the war between mutants and humans and that Reed will end up on an opposing side to the children.

The Underground leaders try to question the captured mutant who's being kept in a holding cell. Sonya's abilities won't work on her. Lorna wants to torture the information out of her. Marcos stops Lorna from doing so and the two fight once again about his collaboration with Carmen.

Reed arrives with John at the antiques shop Otto Strucker has been running since he retired. Otto initially feigns ignorance about what Trask industries has been up to but appears shaken when he learns that Trask has been reopened and what they've been doing. Reed goes upstairs with Otto and shares a photo of his children and when asked, what their abilities are. Otto is horrified upon hearing this and shares about how Andreas von Strucker was his father and a mutant terrorist alongside his sister Andrea. He ran away from them to get away from their attempts to get him to join their terrorist activities. Otto admits that he himself is a mutant and Andreas and Andrea had the same abilities as Reed's children but when join forces they are a dangerous threat. Otto hid his mutant abilities from everyone, including Reed's mother. He had been working to develop a serum that would suppress the mutant gene and failed but only developed a version that worked on one mutant - Reed. The serum had to be administered before any abilities manifested and Otto held the guilt of this for all these years. He asks again about whether Lauren and Andy have joined hands while using their abilities and Reed says he doesn't believe so. Otto stresses again that they must be stopped.

Clarice discovers that the little girl, Nora, that she bonded with when bringing in the mutants was one of the only survivors of the attack on Clarice's old foster home. Now Nora is haunted by nightmares from the attack.

The Underground discover old records on the captured Mutant. Her name is Chloe. Lauren and Andy work together to hold her still long enough for Caitlin to knock her out with a sedative. Chloe is restrained and Caitlin continues to treat her though her prognosis doesn't look good as she's exhibiting symptoms like a drug addict in withdrawal. Caitlin decides to summon Esme to use her abilities to read Chloe's thoughts since she is struggling to communicate verbally.

Otto shares how Reed's mother ended their relationship because she knew he had secrets though she never knew exactly what they were. Their conversation is interrupted by John who shares that Sentinel Services has arrived. There is no way for them to escape the building without being spotted and Pulse has been brought to suppress abilities. Otto volunteers to go downstairs and apologises to Reed for everything and tells him to protect Lauren and Andy, as well as to protect the world from them. When Otto meets the Sentinel Services agents, he is greeted by Roderick Campbell who admires Strucker's old research which he went through when the company was re-opened. Otto tells them to leave when Roderick says they're looking for Reed. Roderick orders his agents to search the premises but Otto unleashes some powers despite Pulse's efforts to stop them. Otto is shot but still manages to unleash a blast of glowing energy, similar to what Andreas and Andrea did at the episode's beginning when their hands were joined. Roderick and the rest of Sentinel Services retreats while Reed and John go downstairs to find the ruined antique shop and Otto's dead body. John heads outside and finds a dying Pulse, who apologises in his last moments. John promises to make them pay for what they did to him.

Esme reads Chloe's mind and learns that Sentinel Services killed her husband and captured her daughter. Chloe is in a great deal of pain and is fading fast. Esme is able to get a vision of a lab north of Underground that is part of Trask Industries. Esme says she will be able to find the building. Caitlin promises Chloe that she will find her daughter, right before Chloe succumbs to her ailments.

Clarice reaches out to Sonya about Nora, sharing about how she is to blame for what has happened. She wants Sonya to take away the traumatic memory that is giving her nightmares and Sonya agrees to help.

Reed and John bury the bodies of their loved ones and all of the lead characters appear to be more motivated than ever to forward their cause. Reed returns home and his family comfort him in his loss. The final shot is of Lauren and Andy joining hands.

The Gifted airs on Mondays on FOX at 9/8c.


Russian Film Week: the Big Launch

Russian Film Week has opened on Sunday, 19th November with a screening of a sci-fi film “Attraction” by Fedor Bondarchuk at the Science Museum IMAX with an after-party in the museum’s fantastic interiors. The director himself was there to present his new feature and answer questions, first at the press conference, and later at a sold out public screening.

The speakers at the press-conference were Filip Perkon and Masha Alexandrova of the Russian Film Week, as well as the  “Attraction” UK distributor Mirza-Javed, Director of Bill Melendez Productions and Lucy Sargent, Head of Philanthropy at WWF, one of the festival’s partneрс.

The RFW founder Filip Perkon made a brief presentation having mentioned that the festival has doubled in size compared to the previous year - both in terms of screenings and the number of satellite events: masterclasses, exhibitions, talks. He also thanked the sponsors, which include the festival co–producer Synergy University, Gazprom Marketing and Trading, Waterstones, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Cultural Solidarity Madia and Eastern Seasons.

RFW partners list has also grown and has added this year BFI, Picturehouses, Curzon among many others. Every year Russian Film Week supports a charity organization. 2017 is the Ecology Year in Russia, so WWF has become a partner, which the festival is very proud of. Lucy Sargent stressed in her speech the importance of this collaboration that is aimed at raising funds for the WWF UK program to protect the Amur tigers in Russia.

For Mirza-Javed “Attraction” has become his first Russian film distribution experience. He shared that the film hooked him from the very first minutes with its focus on people rather than action, its universality and the high quality of CGI. Fedor Bondarchuk told the audience how the idea for the film came up – it was inspired by the 2013 riots in Moscow, where there was an aggressive confrontation between locals and immigrants. The sci-fi genre about ‘aliens’ invading the city has become a metaphor to discuss the very real issues that we face every day in today’s world.

The screening was followed by an after-party in the main gallery of the museum with drinks, that included unusual blue champagne provided by Eden and canapés and DJ Sergey Mongayt’s playing a space-inspired set-list that was specially prepared for the occasion. 
Further screenings and events info: http://www.russianfilmweek.org/programme-2017_dates.html


Ghost Wars S01E07 "Whistle Past the Graveyard" Recap

The ghosts escalate their aggression towards the townspeople who are consequently forced to take up shelter in the church. Even Doug is brought by the local deputy since it appears to be the only somewhat safe place for everyone to gather and determine the best course of action with all the attacks.

The children display an eerie connection to the supernatural, particularly Abigail who incites further ghostly agitation by whistling a tune used in the show's theme introduction. More ghosts invade the church as they're strengthened by the power outage.

Landis confronts Billy about Roman's mother after having seen her ghost at the LAMBDA centre and he admits that he was part of a group of townsfolk that ran her out of town many years ago but claims that she is still very much alive. Roman has been living for years under the impression that his mother abandoned him to start a new life with a romantic interest she met online.

The turbines to the backup generator are clogged with animal carcasses so Billy and Roman get to work on unclogging them. Landis begins asking Roman questions about his mother and Billy dismisses the conversation and sends Roman off to check on Rev. Dan and chides Landis for potentially leaking the truth to Roman about his mother when they are in the middle of a crisis.

Many of the townsfolk begin to be haunted by former loved ones, with Sophia in particular being targeted by the ghost of her dead son Marcus.

Roman has a heart-to-heart with Rev. Dan, assuring him that he did his best when trying to save Marcus. He is later visited by Maggie, surprised to find that she hasn't passed on as he previously believed. She says that she's not alone anymore, but is connected instead. She tells him not to turn the power back on because it interferes with their ability to communicate. She elaborates by pressing her hand to his head and showing him a flashback of the townspeople running Roman's mother out of town, including Rev. Dan who professes that Roman will be better off without her. Maggie then tells Roman that his mother is dead but doesn't know the details of how and why she died.

Roman leaves Maggie and confronts Rev. Dan about his role in running his mother out of town and for lying all these years. Billy claims that Roman's mother was alive and well when she left town but Landis says that she saw Roman's mother's ghost and Dan admits that she is dead. Roman blames all of them for lying and simply using him to be their ghost hunter with no care for his own feelings.

The ghosts further terrorise the townsfolk after Abigail cuts the power to the main room in which they're being held. Sophia is lured down into a basement by the ghost of Marcus who baits her into being absorbed by a similar formation to what was previously seen in the forest. Marcus then torments Rev. Dan for being responsible for his death. Landis and Billy continue to work to try to get the backup generator running and finally manage to get it unclogged, allowing it to start running again. When the power doesn't come on right away, they begin to be surrounded by ghosts that torment them. The two profess their love to one another and brace themselves for death but the electricity finally comes back on and the ghosts are banished from the vicinity.

Billy begins to panic when he discovers that there is a power imbalance to how the generators are distributed and the circuit could blow if he doesn't fix it. He runs towards some smaller generators intent on turning them off to alleviate the pressure but an explosion sends him flying back unconscious and Landis immediately begins to perform chest compressions.

Ghost Wars airs on Thursdays on Syfy at 10/9c.


Gotham S04E09 "Let Them Eat Pie" Recap

Professor Pyg dons a new disguise and passes out doughnuts to homeless people. He then selects six of them to come back to a dining hall where he kills them by feeding them poisoned food. He then lays out a sizable supply of tools in order to remove various parts of their bodies.

When Jim gets to the GCPD office, he says goodbye to Harvey as he is leaving the Captain's office and preparing to take a leave of absence.

Sofia makes preparations for an upcoming fundraiser. Oswald visits and expresses his anger over Jim being promoted to the position of GCPD Captain and intends to find whomever authorized this against his wishes. Oswald is suspicious that Sofia was involved but won't make any moves against her until he can obtain proof of this. Sofia calls Jim to express her belief that Oswald is suspicious of her and may be coming after her and Jim. After Jim ends the call he gets another one but this time from Pyg, who declares that he has set up phase two. When Jim determines that Pyg is outside the station, he emerges to find a tent that's been set up containing two corpses being eaten by pigs.

Alfred scolds Bruce for his repeated dalliances with going out to party and how this facade of billionaire brat is taking too much of a toll on him. After killing Ra's he is now treading a dangerous line of using these antics as a unhealthy coping mechanism. Bruce is reminded of the annual tradition he had with his father to go on the top of a hill and each would leave behind a rock with their initials carved in them. Alfred tells Bruce to clean himself up and prepare for a walk.

Lucius tells Jim that the corpses from the tent were filled with materials used for making paper so he and Detective Harper head out to investigate an old paper plant a few blocks away that's been closed for some time. When they arrive there, they find other corpses and determine that Pyg has been cooking homeless remains. Pyg emerges and stabs Harper before taking her hostage before escaping.

Oswald meets with the orphan Martin and asks her to spy on Sofia on his behalf to prove that he is loyal to Oswald and not acting as her spy instead. Martin nods and shakes Oswald's hand to agree to do so.

On on the hill, Alfred tells Bruce the story of how he first met Thomas Wayne and that their friendship saved Alfred's life. He tries to assure Bruce that he can help him through this traumatic ordeal and Bruce says he simply doesn't want to talk about it. Bruce concepts a story about the rocks being missing and uses it as a way to take the keys and leave in Alfred's car.

Pyg arrives at Sofia's fundraising event masquerading as a chef and shows her the supply of meat pies that will be served to the guest. Sofia is none the wiser that the pies are full of homeless people. The the fundraiser begins, Oswald plays nice with Sofia and instructs Martin to go spy on Sofia. Jim sneaks into the fundraiser and is knocked out by Pyg before being dragged into a back room and locked inside. When Jim regains consciousness he finds that Harper is also in the room.

Oswald and Sofia are about to hash things out about their tiptoeing around one another but are distracted by Pyg and his hired henchmen shooting off weapons and commanding everyone to take a seat. Meanwhile, Harper informs Jim that no one ever searched her so she still has a knife concealed in her ankle holster which Jim uses in order to work on breaking out of the room.

Pyg puts on a big show and declares that all of Gotham's Elite that are present must consume the homeless people in the meat pies as a symbol of how everyone of them has earned their status by feeding on the poor of Gotham. When Sofia tries to demand answers on the whereabouts of the other orphans Pyg impales her hand with a sharp tool. Pyg threatens to kill Martin if the guests do not eat the pies. When one of the guests claims that it doesn't matter if an orphan dies if the alternative is being forced to eat the pies, Penguin yanks the tool out of Sofia's hand and kills the man with it. Pyg blames Penguin for engorging himself on the city with his Pax Penguina, and orders him and the others to eat the pies. Penguin begins to eat a pie and threatens the others into eating, saying he'll kill them all himself if they don't.

Jim finally manages to escape from the room and gets to the table just as Oswald is preparing to help Sofia eat form her pie, under Pyg's orders. A fight breaks out and Oswald tries to interfere with Jim fighting Pyg due to the threat it poses to Martin. Oswald is able to get away with Martin as the other guests flee and Jim tells Sofia to run and proceeds to fight Pyg on the table until he's finally able to get the upper hand and stab Pyg in the arm.

Oswald decides to abandon his Pax Penguina program and confronts Sofia about her paying off the mayor into getting Jim the Captain position. He tells Sofia that Jim cannot be Captain and she tells him to pick someone else to fill the position, claiming Jim means nothing to her. Pyg is sent to Arkham Asylum and Jim is once again hailed as a hero by the media.

Alfred returns to Wayne Manor and finds that Jim is throwing a party for all his young friends. Alfred orders everyone to leave but Bruce tells them all to stay. They decide to leave and meet up with Bruce later when Alfred threatens a young man that tries to get 'smart' with Alfred. Bruce insists that despite avenging his parents' death, nothing has changed and Alfred can't help him. He orders Alfred to just be his butler and not a surrogate father.

Jim resists Sofia and the two converse about their tumultuous entanglements, after which Sofia kisses him. Martin visits Oswald and shares how he saw them kissing and Oswald tearfully declares that Sofia will pay for her betrayal.

Gotham airs on Thursdays on FOX at 8/7c.


RUSSIAN FILM WEEK (19-26 November 2017)

Russian Film Week (RFW) returns this year for the second time and is twice as big, marking it as the biggest cross-cultural Russian event to have taken place outside of Russia.

RFW aims to move beyond global politics and focus on bridging the widening gap between Russia and the West through culture. And while a handful of Russian filmmakers such as Eisenstein, Tarkovsky, or Andrey Zvyagintsev (‘Leviathan’, ‘Loveless’) have become well known in the West, the RFW mission is to bring the full scope of Russian cinema to an international market, and celebrate its artistic merit with global audiences.

Besides the highly anticipated sell-out films ‘Mathilde’ (Alexey Uchitel) and ‘Arrythmia’ (Boris Khlebnikov), RFW will deliver the best of Russian film in the last 18 months, demonstrating the depth, richness, variety, and impressive technological innovation that Russian cinema has to offer to the world. The line-up will include shorts, animation, documentary films and a diversity of genres.

“We believe that by creating an international platform for showcasing a panorama of Russian themed film, we can foster cultural dialogue and mutual understanding between the United Kingdom and Russia - says Filip Perkon, RFW General Producer. - For the second year running, we have selected the best contemporary films with a Russian theme, whether from Russia or other countries based on Russian literature, people or events and brought these in a diverse programme to cities across Great Britain.”

The programme will go beyond multiple film screenings with Q&A sessions, to include: exhibitions, talks, parties, masterclasses, industry events, designed to pave the way for positive future collaborations between British and Russian film professionals. RFW will also be putting on fascinating documentary screenings as part its FemFest, Revolution Centenary, and Ecology Days. Waterstones Piccadilly will host throughout the week free VR demonstrations provided by Russian VR Seasons and PlanetPics (Natural Treasures of Russia program).

RFW opens with a screening of ‘Attraction’ followed by an after-party against a backdrop of suspended planes and vintage cars at the Science Museum, climaxing with the BFI closing screening of ‘Mathilde’ & after-party on the 26th November, and Golden Unicorn Awards Charity Gala Dinner on the 25th. This is when the winners in 12 awards categories, including Best Foreign film About Russia, will be announced - as decided by a renowned international jury.

In attendance of the festival, will be over 75 of Russia’s most talented directors, producers and actors including: Fedor Bondarchuk, Alexander Yatsenko, Valery Todorovsky, Alyona Babenko, Anna Mikhalkova and Aleksey Uchitel. Guests of honour such as: Ralph Fiennes, Olga Kurylenko, Mike Newell, Baroness Gail Rebuck, and Samy Naceri will also be joining us to celebrate the best of Russian cinema.

“Events such as the Russian Film Week, contribute to strengthening mutual understanding and friendship between peoples, to overcoming social barriers and prejudices, - says the RFW Co-producer Vadim Lobov, Synergy University Executive Director. - Our University does a lot to support Russian culture abroad. We are happy to give the people of Britain the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the best works of Russian cinematographers within the framework of the Week.”

RFW shows incredible promise for the future having trebled in size within just a year, with this year’s partners including the BFI, Science Museum, PictureHouses, Curzon Cinemas, Ciné Lumière, Regent Street Cinema and more across the cities of London, Cambridge, and Edinburgh.

As 2017 is the Year of Ecology in Russia, RFW have teamed up with WWF UK to raise funds for the WWF Amur Tiger Conservation Project in Russia over the duration of the festival. RFW and Synergy University have also launched a special Student Ecology Short Film competition with a special Golden UnicornSynergy Award.

For more information about the Russian Film Week and Golden Unicorn Awards please attend the RFW press conference on 19th November at 4pm just before the Opening Ceremony (with a special press screening of the film ‘Attraction’ afterwards).

There will be amazing, out of this world, blue sparkling wine for all, kindly provided by Eden!
“The world’s first French blue sparkling wine was inspired by the creative industry and we are thrilled to share this experience with leading actors, directors and producers from Russia, Great Britain and other countries who are showcasing incredible talent during Russian Film Week, - said Aymeric V Bruneau, creator of Eden. There is undoubtedly a strong connection between the goals of Eden and Russian Film Week: shake pre- conceptions and stereotypes and bring novelty and effervescence to the world of film.”


Mr. Robot S03E06 "eps3.5_kill-process.inc" Recap

Elliot demands Angela give him answers about her involvement in Stage 2 but she refuses to give him anything. Through snippets of his memories Elliot is able to realise that Tyrell's location is the Red Wheelbarrow restaurant and heads out. He calls Darlene on the way and gives her the location to pass along to the FBI. Darlene is being ordered to convince Elliot to turn himself in but she only apologises to him for all that she's done.

The FBI agents go to their superior to ask for approval to go check the restaurant. However, the information gets back to the group and Tyrell must leave if he's not going to be caught. But Irving tells Tyrell that his plans to escape to Kyiv with his family aren't going to work out as he had originally planned. Irving passes along some instruction to Tyrell and orders him to burn those instructions afterward.

Elliot goes to the Stage 2 building and tries to stop the plan from proceeding but is repeatedly attacked by Mr. Robot who causes Elliot to self-harm and break equipment that would allow him to stop the plan.

Dom goes to the Red Wheelbarrow despite not getting permission to do so. She encounters a fire set by Tyrell in a back passageway but is unable to catch Tyrell before he escapes through a tunnel.

Darlene visits Angela and confronts her about her involvement in Stage 2. She threatens to report Angela to the FBI but Angela is unphased, saying that nobody will be hurt in the process.

Dom sees Tyrell run outside and get arrested in public while screaming out to stop the attack. Elliot believes he has finally stopped Stage 2 from moving forward and ponders what Whiterose's true plan is but his train of thought is interrupted by reports coming in of a series of explosions at the 71 other E Corp facilities that held the paper records that he redirected. Thousands are killed in the explosions and Elliot realises that he is to blame for the escalated scale of Stage 2.

Mr. Robot airs on Wednesdays on USA at 10/9c.


Heartless S01E01 "Episode 1" Recap

Brother and sister Sebastian and Sofie live a nomadic life. They are haunted by a cursed affliction that requires they feed on others by sucking energy through their mouths to survive. If they suck too much, the person will burst into flames and die. The anguish of living under these conditions proves too much to bear, so they decide to find answers about where they came from and what led to this.

They head to their old foster home from where they'd run away many years prior. They learn about how their mother dropped them off when they were small children and the caretaker gives them a drawing of a heart tattoo she had on her wrist as well as an old bag of some personal belongings. In the bag, they get a lead on an old boarding school called Ottmannsgaard. They enroll and meet the head prefect Ditlev and the co-prefects Frederick and Pieter, who is set to be Sebastian's roommate.

The girls and boys are set up in separate resident wings. Sofie meets her roommate Nadja and appears to be pondering whether or not she'll be a 'food' source but for the most part they get along. Pieter is a less friendly roommate to Sebastian, being strict in designating boundaries within their room of whose side is whose and expresses an affinity for weapons.

The students have an assembly at which headmaster Rector Just addresses the new students of the upcoming year. The headmaster has three daughters, two of which are enrolled in the school. Sebastian and Sofie must follow the lead "Gertrude" - a name of someone their mother was searching for. Ditlev tries to make a pass at Sofie but she pushes him off and leaves. Sebastian develops an attraction to a girl working in the school kitchen.

Sofie's hunger becomes overwhelming and she considers feeding from her roommate until Sebastian stops her. The pair sneak off campus but are spotted leaving by Ditlev. The twins arrive at a gas station where Sofie disables the surveillance cameras, heads inside and feeds from the cashier though she doesn't kill him. When she returns to the car, Sebastian forcibly feeds to get some of what she's just taken and the two argue.

When Sebastian and Sofie return to the school, they spot a heart design in one of the stain glass windows that matches the heart design that their mother had tattooed on her wrist. They try to head back to their rooms but are intercepted by the prefects who capture them and take them to an empty room to interrogate them as to where and what they've been up to. Sebastian is beaten by Pieter while Ditlev demands Sofie answer his questions. Sofie insults him and he strikes her as a result. Ditlev considers doing serious damage to Sebastian until Frederick speaks up, prompting Ditlev to release the twins and assault Frederick with a warning to never speak up against him again.

Sofie is determined to do something to retaliate against Ditlev but Sebastian tells her not to, believing that making moves against him will only be a detriment to their search for answers.

Heartless is available for streaming on Netflix.


The Gifted S01E07 "eXtreme measures" Recap

In a flashback, John and Lorna meet with Marcos and try to convince him to join the Underground. He is reluctant to do so but displays an immediate attraction to Lorna. They say they know he helped some mutants cross the border to safety and joining the Underground would simply mean doing so full-time.

In the present, Marcos gets a call from Carmen who is cashing in the favour he owes her. He doesn't tell any of the other Underground members that he is going to see her. Lauren continues to grow close to her fellow mutant, Wes. Caitlin works to teach the young mutants about biology using some plants. Reed finds some information that Wes has been involved in criminal activity before he arrived at the Underground. Caitlin warns him to not go on the attack and maintain his sensibility or he'll risk pushing her away.

John tracks down Clarice and asks her to come back to help the Underground. She is determined to find the meaning behind the road that she kept opening a portal to when she was injured. John convinces her to let him help since he has stronger tracking skills than she does.

Jace has begrudgingly partnered with Roderick Campbell but gets more than he bargained for when Roderick shows that he's willing to induce a stroke, through the ability of a mutant whom he controls, in another agent that was threatening to get in the way of their work.

Reed presents Lauren with the information on Wes' past and she is upset when she confronts him about his actions. He explains that he lost his parents and was homeless on the streets. He only got involved with criminal activity to be able to survive. Wes tries to reason with her but Lauren walks away, still upset.

Clarice and John reach her old foster home and find that everyone that was living there is now dead, having been murdered by Sentinel Services. Clarice blames herself for the death of her foster parents that were only trying to protect some of their foster children from Sentinel Services but John assures her that she's not the one that pulled the trigger. She agrees to go back with him to the Underground, as she feels the fight is now personal.

Lorna brings Sonya with her to follow after Marcos, having determined that he's with Carmen. They don't find him, as he's gone out on a mission with Carmen on which he needs to use his ability to take down the security so Carmen can make a power-play to take down a rival criminal organisation. She confronts him about his lies when he returns to Underground and he admits that he only did so out of owing a favour that led to his breaking her out of prison.

Wes mends fences with Lauren but announces he'll be leaving Underground to join another group. Before he leaves, Lauren passionately kisses him goodbye.

Jace launches a special surveillance program as part of his collaboration with Dr. Campbell.

The Gifted airs on Mondays on FOX at 9/8c.


Ghost Wars S01E06 "We Need to Talk About Abigail" Recap

Billy McGrath informs his sister of his inability to leave the town on his boat, no matter what strategies he uses to beat the supernatural barrier. She appoints him sheriff of the town when Rodney's loved ones threaten his sister to demand that she hold a trial for Doug's murdering of Rodney. The two must work together to find her and her wife's missing daughter Abigail after she runs off to play with the ghost of a dead childhood friend.

Roman is called in to accompany the search party into the forest but he quickly warns them they must leave the forest. The lack of electricity strengthens the many ghosts present to the point that they are visible to everyone and not only Roman. Their other daughter Isabel has a supernatural encounter that leads to her biting her own finger and using her blood to draw a location in the woods.

The group leaves the following morning with Isabel leading the way to the spot she drew. There they find a strange, glowing red cocoon of unknown origins. They dig into it and are able to pull Abigail out but when they bring her home she remains silent. Her mothers are concerned but they decide to give her time. Abigail begins to hyperventilate when she looks at her own reflection in the mirror but stops after a few moments without her mothers noticing.

The cocoon is brought back to the lab for a more thorough examination. Roman informs the scientists that the ghosts were trying to protect it and Billy shares how when he touched it with his bare skin it brought about strong euphoric feelings. Roman still resents Billy for his attempt to leave him behind in the town.

Isabel gets hostile towards Abigail and the fight is broken up by Marilyn. She becomes alarmed when Isabel claims to be both Abigail and Isabel, even opening her mouth to reveal the sound of two voices at once. Marilyn is made a believer of ghosts, despite her initial skepticism, when she visits one of her patients who has died and makes a ghostly threat to kill her entire family. The mothers call Roman and Billy over to identify whether or not there are supernatural forces at work. Roman can't sense anything supernatural about Isabel but Abigail is shown to have some form of possession.

Abigail is sedated and later that night, Isabel sneaks out of her house. Roman follows her to an old home at which she punches her fist through a window.

Ghost Wars airs on Thursdays on Syfy at 10/9c.


Russian Film Week Announces Exhibitions


Russian Film Week comes back to London for the second time, bringing a large number of latest releases from this year as well as a series of exhibitions that will run along with the festival.
November 21st - November 23rd

Film Poster Exhibition
Russia Culture House, 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED

In order to make the experience of exploring Russian cinema even more enjoyable, the curators of the festival are putting together a display of various Russian and British film posters provided by Filip Perkon, the founder of RFW, from his extensive collection. The exhibition is called To See Each Other and is meant to provide some multicultural context for those who decided to plunge into the world of Russian cinematography.
November 24th - December 7th

Boris Grebenshchikov paintings: The Way of the Moon
The Exhibitionist Hotel, 8-10 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EA
As part of the festival, the famous Russian singer-songwriter, Boris Grebenshchikov, will be coming to London to perform at the awards ceremony and to open an exhibition of his paintings at the Exhibitionist Hotel.

Although Boris is widely recognised for his musical contribution, he has been engaged in visual arts for many years, and this show is just another proof of that. Grebenshchikov started painting in 1976, focusing on depicting his state of mind and conveying it to the viewer, rather than mastering specific technical skills. What’s more, painting is not the only visual art Boris has been experimenting with – the founding father of Russian rock, as people often refer to him, has starred in many films including Two Captains 2 and others. His music is used in a lot of Russian films made in the last 40 years.
November 24th - December 1st

RFW Ecology Day Exhibition
Russia Culture House, 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED

Another event that will be held along with the festival is a photo exhibition dedicated to Amur tigers. Every year the Russian Film Week team supports a charity, and this year, to mark the Year of Ecology in Russia, the choice fell on the WWF UK project to save Amur tigers in Russia. Poaching is one of the reasons the population of tigers is declining; Pavel Fomenko and his team work in a natural reserve, curing and operating wounded animals.

Through showing photos of endangered tigers, Russian Film Week and WWF are hoping to raise people’s environmental awareness as well as funds in order to contribute to the project.

The exhibition will include works by the award winning photographer, Vladimir Medvedev, showing the breathtaking beauty of Russia’s nature. All the proceeds will be sent to wildlife sanctuaries and spent on enhancing the population of Amur tigers.

The exhibition opens on 24th November at Russian Culture House.
November 26th

Mathilde Costumes 

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT 
Last but not least, on the day of the closing ceremony, a fine selection of chic and lavish costumes designed for the film Mathilde, the drawing card of the festival, will be shown in the main lobby of the BFI Southbank.

The collection of fabulous hand made dresses, including the ones sewed for the coronation scene of the movie, has been exhibited in many European galleries and now is finally arriving in London. So even if you have missed a chance to watch Mathilde, it is worth coming around to the closing party to check out the costumes!

Tickets to the closing party can be purchased here.

Exhibition is free.


Gotham S04E08 "Stop Hitting Yourself" Recap

At the fight club, a play is put on before a fight. The narrative has Ed pretending to be Penguin and mocking his character while the audience boos to express their disdain for Penguin. This is part of a strategy to amp up Grundy and stir up fan adoration for him. Leslie warns Ed that baiting Penguin's attention is unwise unless he's ready to take him on. During the fight, Grundy is hit in the head and has flashes of memories of Tabitha kissing him and calling him Butch. It's unclear how much or how clearly his memories are returning to him. He resumes the fight and wins by ripping the arm off his opponent and beating him to death with it.

Jim is offered the position of Captain by Mayor Burke but retains his skepticism of the offer and Penguin's ongoing meddling. The Mayor warns him that one way or another Harvey will be replaced as Captain and if Jim doesn't accept then the person who does may be someone that isn't so skeptical of Penguin.

Oswald is informed of Ed mocking him at the fight club so he sends Barbara, Tabitha, and Selina to Narrows and bring Ed back alive in exchange for a sizable sum of money. Shortly after they leave, Oswald sends Bridgit to follow them and kill them if they don't return in time. When the trio arrives at the club they witness Ed's mocking play and are then shocked to see Butch alive and in this new form. Tabitha insists on trying to talk to him while Barbara and Selina get to work on kidnapping Ed.

Oswald meets a mute child named Martin at Sofia's orphanage that is being bullied by his peers. He also has some psychotic tendencies. Oswald, feeling a kinship to Martin, begins coaching him so he can make friends and destroy his enemies.

Butch encounters Barbara and Selina trying to kidnap Ed and a standoff ensues. Selina proposes that they go by the code of the Narrows. They will select a champion to fight against Grundy and whomever wins gets to take Ed. Tabitha is selected to fight Grundy and remains confident that Butch's love for her will ensure that he doesn't hurt her. Grundy's lack of memories mean he has no problems fighting her and begins to get the upper hand. When Tabitha knocks Butch in the head, he regains memories and is stunned into inaction. This allows Tabitha to knock him out and win the fight.

Jim attends a police ceremony intended to honor those fallen officers from the courthouse but is obliged to start the ceremony himself when Harvey fails to show up and perform his duties.

Bridget arrives at Narrows and is prepared to kill the group for failing to meet Oswald's deadline. Grundy is revealed to have a fear of fire. Lee incapacitates Bridgit by shooting her suit. Lee reveals to the crowd that Cherry informed on them all to Penguin, meaning everyone turns on her. She points the finger at the trio, outing them as working for Penguin. Barbara responds by shooting Cherry in the head. Barbara then announces they've quit working for Penguin and then the crowd no longer holds animosity against them. The trio leave the club without Ed.

Jim confronts Harvey for not showing up to the ceremony, as he's shown to be drinking and sulking in his office. Jim and Harvey have an intense argument, and Jim decides to accept the offer to be the new Captain of the GCPD.

Lee begins patching up Grundy's wounds and Ed informs her that she is now the new leader of the club and everyone has clearly embraced her as such. Though reluctant, she decides to take on the new role.

Jim visits Sofia and confronts her for setting off events that led to his becoming Captain. Jim is horrified at having had to stab his partner in the back so he ends his relationship with Sofia and tells her she should leave Gotham. She informs him that she won't be leaving, as she's intent on restoring the Falcone name to its former glory so Jim simply leaves.

Gotham airs on Thursdays on FOX at 8/7c.


Russian Film Week Announces Satellite Events


The programers of Russian Film Week have partnered with Russian Culture House (Rossotrudnichestvo), Waterstones and Pushkin House to organise some fantastic satellite events on top of the jam-packed film festival program.

The full program of RFW events is now available.
20th November: Day 2 / Monday

Music in Film
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 18.30

A tribute to renowned Soviet director Mikhail Kalik (1927-2017), a great lost name of the 60’s Soviet cinema, and his films with music by the internationally acclaimed composer Mikael Tariverdiev. We will be showing two short documentaries about Kalik and Tariverdiev respectively and the rare stylish film “To Love” (1968). Presented by London composer and The Real Tuesday Weld frontman Stephen Coates and film scholar and the Golden Unicorn Awards Jury member Olga Sherwood.
22nd November: Day 4 / Wednesday

RFW FemFest
Waterstones Piccadilly, LG, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LE, 14.00 – 16.00

RFW FemFest is a series of events dedicated to women in the film industry, held at different venues across London.

Short film screening and presentation on the making of a documentary about women in the Russian Revolution and Soviet history: Tractor Drivers and Tiger Tamers, Politicians and Cosmonauts (32 min), director and screenwriter Dolya Gavanski, UK, 2017.

Followed by:

Women in Film (https://rfw17femfest.eventbrite.co.uk)a panel discussion on the subject: Gender equality and diversity do not come by themselves. Guests include film directors, producers, actresses and successful women from both Russia and the UK, who will present their films and projects.

Anna MacDonald (London Film Academy, founder)
Anna Dudina (BFI Development Events Manager)
Ekaterina Kononenko (The First, producer)
Alyona Babenko (Like a Butterfly, producer)
Nigina Sayfullaeva (About Love 2, director)
Lidia Sheinin (Harmony, director)
Katrin Rothe (1917: The Real October, writer, director)

Refreshments will be offered.

There will also be screenings as part of the RFW FemFest, see: http://www.russianfilmweek.org/programme-2017_dates.html
Master-class by film director and writer Andrey Zvyagintsev: 
The secrets of directing (based on the film Elena)

Picture House Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH 15:00-17:00

Zvyagintsev’s name is quite well known in Britain, first for his 2003 film The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Following The Return, Zvyagintsev directed The Banishment and Elena. His film Leviathan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014. His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The Film Loveless is screened by RFW on 21st November at 20:30 at Curzon Soho.

Master-class supported by Cultural Solidarity Media
RFW Documentary Programme: RFW FemFest – Women in Film 

Pushkin House (5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA) 18.30

Screenings of Harmony (59 min, 2017) followed by Q&A with director, writer and producer Lidia Sheinin, and Teriberka (41 min, 2017).
23rd November: Day 5 / Thursday

RFW Industry Day 

Russian Culture House (Rossotrudnichestvo), 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED 12.00-18.00

A networking event for film industry professionals (https://rfw17industry.eventbrite.co.uk).

RFW brings over film directors, producers and actors to represent the films screened during the festival and invites producers, distributors, casting agents, screenwriting experts, investors, lawyers and other professionals specializing in the filmmaking business from Britain and other countries of the world.

1. Filming opportunities in Russia and in the UK
2. Independent films distribution
3. Film financing (Private, Government, Tax Rebate)

Industry Day Programme:

12.00 – 12.30 registration followed by
Tribute to the late Russian film director Vera Glagoleva (by David Kelly)
12.30 – 14.30 Presentations on the latest film innovations, including VR, the Baikal 3D project and contemporary filming opportunities in Russia/UK
14.30 –15.00 Short break, refreshments served
15.00 – 17.00 Presentations continued, pitching
17.00 – 18.00 Networking and VR demonstrations.

Drinks offered.
RFW Documentary Programme: Revolution Centenary

Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 18.30

Screenings of The Train from Zurich to the Revolution (27 min, 2017) and 1917. The Real October (90 min, 2017) followed by a Q&A with the directors and producers of both films.
25th November: Day 7 / Saturday

Pushkin House (5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 15.00

Masterclass by film director, writer, producer Valery Todorovsky: Why are TV series more popular today than feature films?

Todorovsky made a name for himself with the crime melodrama set in Moscow The Country of the Deaf. The film was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival. His 2008 musical film Hipsters won the Golden Eagle Award and Nika Award for Best Film. Of his earlier films, The Hearse won the Grand Prix at Mannheim (1990) and Love received Ecumenical Prize at Cannes (1992). His film Bolshoi is screened at the RFW-17 on 24th November.


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