Twice Oscar-nominated producer Alexander Rodnyansky is to current the Russian crime drama “Frozen Land” on the Co-Professional Pitching Classes at Sequence Mania (March 25 to April 7), which is an all-digital affair this yr. Rodnyansky spoke to Selection concerning the present.

The eight-part sequence, written by Sergey Kaluzhanov (pictured proper) and directed by Dasha Zhuk (pictured left), is predicated on the real-life reign of terror inflicted by a serial rapist and assassin in Khakassia, a distant area in Siberia, Russia.

An vital ingredient of the story is the indifference proven by the police to the primary rape victims, earlier than the rapist turns into a assassin. Nevertheless, the principle protagonist isn’t a policeman, a sufferer or the killer, however his girlfriend, Stella, a single mom.

“She led a reasonably odd and bleak life earlier than assembly Dmitry Lebed, the serial killer on the middle of ‘Frozen Land,’ whom she sees because the love of her life. She by no means believed that he was able to doing one thing as horrible as raping and murdering girls,” Rodnyansky says.

“Her motivation is her need for a ‘regular life,’ for a household, for happiness. That is what drives her and over the course of eight episodes we are going to see the way it results in denial, the way it modified her notion of actuality. How tragically she continues to deceive herself even in gentle of overwhelming proof of unspeakable crimes, and the way she lastly involves a horrific realization that ruins her life perpetually.”

Rodnyansky explains why Zhuk was the best alternative for the sequence. “Darya is a director with a completely distinctive background for Russian business: she comes from Belorussia, she graduated from Harvard College and he or she studied in Columbia. Whereas Darya’s first movie ‘Crystal Swan’ was a way more lighthearted and bittersweet story than ‘Frozen Land,’ what drew me was not solely her apparent directorial expertise, but in addition her means to inform a narrative with a feminine protagonist in a fragile and honest method.

“We don’t wish to make ‘Frozen Land’ simply one other serial killer sequence a few man inflicting horrible violence on girls, it is crucial for us to make this story tonally totally different and attempt to give voice to the victims reasonably than exploit their sufferings. Darya is clearly somebody who can do this very properly.”

Talking about his alternative of Kaluzhanov as the author Rodnyansky says: “Sergey is thought within the business as a really competent thriller author who labored on numerous extremely popular tv sequence, and he was one other apparent alternative for us. However in ‘Frozen Land’ as an alternative of establishing a really acquainted style story out of constructing blocks which are acquainted to the viewers, he created one thing very totally different.

“’Frozen Land’ is predicated on an actual story and Sergey put a really uncommon protagonist into the middle of it: a girl in love with a serial killer. This isn’t a procedural or a whodunit, whereas the viewers might imagine that they already know all of the solutions, ‘Frozen Land’ is a gripping thriller and a psychological drama that builds in the direction of a really dramatic and in some ways surprising conclusion.”

The sequence is produced by Non-Cease Manufacturing, co-owned by Rodnyansky. The corporate’s initiatives embody “Elena” by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Un Sure Regard prize winner on the Cannes Movie Pageant, Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” finest script winner at Cannes, and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated for finest foreign-language movie, and Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” Jury Prize winner at Cannes, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated for finest foreign-language movie, in addition to Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole,” finest director prizewinner in Cannes’ Un Sure Regard program, and FIPRESCI prizewinner.