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RichardB
04-10-2012, 00:20
Foreign films could become a rare delicacy for movie lovers if the Culture Ministry approves proposals to impose quotas on such films in local theaters.

The quotas were at the center of discussions Wednesday in the Public Chamber in a follow-up to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's suggestion last month that such measures be considered as a way to resurrect a crumbling domestic film industry.

The proposals come amid the Kremlin's efforts to isolate the country from foreign influence and promote an ideology focused on traditional local values.

State support for the local film industry has increased over the years to reach 5 billion rubles ($160 million) in 2012, about 1.5 billion rubles more than in 2010.

But the results of that support have been negligible. Sales of tickets for domestic films made up 16.7 percent of the total local sales in the first half of 2012, according to Romir Movie Research.

Some industry insiders see foreign-film quotas as a way to save the business. At the Public Chamber meeting, film producer Alexei Krol proposed setting the quotas for foreign films at 10 percent.

He also proposed that state support for the industry be increased to between 20 and 30 times its current level to make the industry more competitive with its foreign counterparts.

"Here is the Russian industry, and here is Hollywood. Let's not have any illusions," Krol said. "We are not talking about pampering [film producers] here. ...We're saying that we are not competitive."

The country's recent entry into the World Trade Organization would not be a barrier to introducing foreign-film quotas or increasing state subsidies, said lawyer Lev Bardin. Many WTO members, including France and India, already have quotas on foreign films, so Russians would be able to argue against having a double standard on this issue.

The Culture Ministry has looked into setting quotas for foreign films but has not made any decisions yet, Yelena Gromova, a deputy head of the ministry's film department, told The Moscow Times.

The Culture Ministry is drafting a "road map" for reviving the local film industry. Some of the proposed measures include lowering ticket prices for domestic films, improving the electronic -ticket system and creating an expert council to oversee film festivals.

But not all producers support further state financing of the movie industry.

Some say the quotas would only increase the profits of DVD merchants and BitTorrent administrators. Movie critic David Shneiderov also warned that quotas could lead to widespread bankruptcy of movie theaters because there are simply not enough Russian films to fill the screens.

"[State] financing of the film industry promotes the deprivation of producers and leads to the absolute collapse of the Russian films' competitiveness," Shneiderov said.

Instead of these measures, Shneiderov encouraged the government to support the industry by giving potential investors tax benefits, setting up reward systems and enforcing strict audits of any state subsidies.

The money saved through this process could go toward building movie theaters in small cities and incorporating films into the education system, he said.

Russian Lad
04-10-2012, 02:38
f=ck them

Nobbynumbnuts
04-10-2012, 02:57
It's all a complete waste of time.
Limiting the amount of foreign films shown at cinemas will have a small impact on the Russian film industry when a very large percentage of films are watched on DVD and the internet.
I think the latter will become more popular as time goes by.

The Russian film industry needs to restructure and start providing the public with what it wants.

Korotky Gennady
04-10-2012, 03:01
f=ck them two times

Korotky Gennady
04-10-2012, 03:08
The proposals come amid the Kremlin's efforts to isolate the country from foreign influence and promote an ideology focused on traditional local values.

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The problem is that we have no traditional local values in 21th century if we exclude matreshkas and old russian folk songs.

So it all is simply ridiculous for impartial look.

Nobbynumbnuts
04-10-2012, 03:29
The problem is that we have no traditional local values in 21th century if we exclude matreshkas and old russian folk songs.

So it all is simply ridiculous for impartial look.

British film industry went through the same type of crisis the Russian film industry is experiencing now.
First, we had to except that we had to downsize, we had to many studios. A lot of people in the film industry lost their jobs.
With what was left they rebuilt an industry that focused on quality, often low budget films, historical dramas and the like.
Russia should do something similar.

rusmeister
05-10-2012, 07:03
The problem is that we have no traditional local values in 21th century if we exclude matreshkas and old russian folk songs.

So it all is simply ridiculous for impartial look.

You forgot to mention that, uh, traditional Russian religion as a major source of values - but I guess you've excluded it. That's why you have a problem.

rubyrussia
05-10-2012, 08:17
You forgot to mention that, uh, traditional Russian religion as a major source of values - but I guess you've excluded it. That's why you have a problem.

Rus, now you're just trolling.

rusmeister
05-10-2012, 09:46
Rus, now you're just trolling.

No, both the OP and Gena referenced "values" - a word that takes morality and makes it a thing that can have variable value, and even bought and sold; a commercial term. The traditional source of values in pretty much every culture on the planet has always been religion, the very thing they want to exclude, and then they are shocked when they find they can't seem to maintain values.

Not guilty, Ruby. The comment is relevant.

ezik
05-10-2012, 09:53
Disagree. Ethics systems were well in place before Christianity was there.


The traditional source of values in pretty much every culture on the planet has always been religion

ezik
05-10-2012, 10:24
The comment is relevant.

The comment IS relevant, though, because the dominant political ideology in the ruling ranks is a conservative one. And that ideology gives the ROC a quite dominant position: they implement a part of that ideology.

Regardless of our opinions about it, I think it's something to keep in mind. The party in charge right now is United Russia. They position themselves as `Russian conservative´.

http://www.sras.org/united_russia_ruling_party

rusmeister
05-10-2012, 12:59
Disagree. Ethics systems were well in place before Christianity was there.

Ezik, , you must not disagree, then - or rather, I agree with you, because I was speaking of religion. Atheism is the overwhelming exception, a primarily modern phenomenon (which I think a rather negative one - born out by the fact that it is based on a universal negative). Before Christianity, and for a very long time afterwards, essentially ALL people were religious, and had ideas of some kind of answering afterward for the deeds of this life. They may have been cheerful enough to believe in Zeus and Hermes, or despairing enough to worship Moloch and Tanit, but certainly the people of antiquity were overwhelmingly religious, and so, their "values" - that is, morals, proceeded from their religious worldview.

rusmeister
05-10-2012, 13:05
The comment IS relevant, though, because the dominant political ideology in the ruling ranks is a conservative one. And that ideology gives the ROC a quite dominant position: they implement a part of that ideology.

Regardless of our opinions about it, I think it's something to keep in mind. The party in charge right now is United Russia. They position themselves as `Russian conservative´.

http://www.sras.org/united_russia_ruling_party

Well, we have to hammer out what we agree on on what that ideology is. I think the dominant one in the political ranks is not conservative, but materialist, and most of them use the popularity of the Church - a thing that ordinary people see does some good, even if the intellectuals don't - to advance their careers. Maybe we have some points of agreement there. Dunno.