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Daria Balabanova will play Anna Akhmatova, and Alexander Kuznetsov will play Nikolai Gumilyov

It became known about the preparations for the filming of the drama "Roses of Modigliani": a biographical tape will tell about events from the life of Anna Akhmatova. Daria Balabanova will play Akhmatova, Alexander Kuznetsov will play Gumilyov.

The plot revolves around the honeymoon trip of the poetess and her husband, the poet Nikolai Gumilyov, to Paris, where the couple met such people as Modigliani and Picasso. Akhmatova and Gumilyov were married from 1910 to 1918. During that trip to France, the poetess saw Amedeo Modigliani only a few times, but sympathy arose between them and a long correspondence ensued. In the future, Anna again went to Paris and saw Modigliani, he drew sketches of her portraits, and she dedicated poems to him.


The tape is filmed by director Elena Khazanova, known for the films "Petrushka Syndrome", "Mistresses", "One Breath". Daria Balabanova made her screen debut in early 2022 in Danila Kozlovsky's Karamora TV series. Daria is often mistaken for a relative of director Alexei Balabanov, but they are just namesakes. The role of Nikolai Gumilyov is played by Alexander Kuznetsov, who this year appeared in the film " Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore " and entered the annual rating of the Russian Forbes "30 under 30". The rest of the casting is still unknown.


Daria Balabanova and Alexander Kuznetsov Daria Balabanova/Alexander Kuznetsov

The Modigliani biopic, among other films, was presented at the Film Foundation's pitching this week. Its declared budget is 250 million rubles, of which the creators are asking the Cinema Fund for 170 million. There are no plans to shoot in Paris, instead the shooting location will be Budapest. The Hungarian Film Foundation is also involved in the project. Presumably the premierestays in 2023. 

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