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October 31, 2016, 1:30 P.M.

SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], Roskino: Russian Cinema Worldwide, and Sony Pictures invite you to a special preview screening of

The Duelist (Duelyant)

Preceded by the Short Film, Brutus

1:30 PM: Screening of Brutus
Q&A to follow with Director Konstantin Fam

2:30 PM: Screening of The Duelist
Q&A to follow with Producer Alexander Rodnyansky

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Interactive Media Building, SCI 106
3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007


Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2016.

In Select Theaters on Friday, December 2nd, 2016.

About The Duelist (Duelyant)

Directed by Aleksey Mizgirev
Produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey

An adventure film, with dramatic and thriller elements set against the backdrop of palaces and the noble view of the Russian capital, The Duelist centers on Yakovlev, a retired officer, who returns to St. Petersburg from a long exile. While in the city, he fights as a duelist’s representative. (Nineteenth-century Russian duel law allowed for a duelist to be replaced by any one person.) Though Yakovlev fights for money, he also seeks honor and revenge against those who disgraced him, therein, challenging the Russian Providence. Yakovlev fearlessly plays with destiny as an example of traditional romantic characters from the Russian Classics.


The Duelist is an exciting, thrilling and compelling story that will resonate with modern audiences. Scale of production, compelling characters, technological tools and attention to historical context, combined with the breathtaking presentation of The IMAX Experience® all make The Duelist an engrossing film that will transport audiences to the unexpected and intriguing world of 19th-century Saint Petersburg.  -- Aleksey Mizgirev

Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures. Not rated. Running time: 109 minutes. In Russian, with English subtitles.


About Alexander Rodnyansky, Producer of The Duelist

Film director, film producer, television executive, member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Alexander Rodnyansky is a seasoned filmmaker. He started as a documentary director and over the course of his career, which began in 1984 and span over a decade, he has directed 10 feature documentaries (including Raoul Wallenberg’s Mission and USSR 1 and 2) which won him numerous national and international awards including the highest award for a documentary filmmaker in the USSR – the Russian National Film Award NIKA.

He left documentary filmmaking in the early 90s to focus on film producing. Over the course of his career Mr. Rodnyansky produced over two dozen feature films, both box-office champions as well as the critically acclaimed festival features.

All of the Russian genre films produced by Mr. Rodnyansky has become box-office champions. He was the producer of all of the films directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk – 9th Company, Inhabited Island and Stalingrad (the highest grossing Russian film of the decade and the first ever Russian film in IMAX 3D) as well as the producer of two high grossing romantic comedies -  Piter FM directed by Oksana Bychkova and The Heat directed  by Rezo Gigineishvili. Latest major film, produced by Mr. Rodnyansky – The Duelist – was also released in the IMAX format and went on to become the highest grossing Russian elevated genre film.

Mr. Rodnyansky’s involvement in the Russian auteur’s cinema is extensive, over the course of his career he worked with the best Russian independent directors.

List of critically acclaimed Russian films produced by Alexander Rodnyansky:

  • Elena by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Special prize of the Un Certain Regard program at the Cannes Film Festival)
  • Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Best Script at Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globe and the Academy award nomination for the Best Film not in the English language)
  • The Sun, directed by Alexander Sokurov (official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Innocent Saturday by Alexander Mindadze (official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival)
  • ¡Vivan las Antipodas! by Victor Kossakovsky (an opening film of the Venice Film Festival)
  • A Driver for Vera, directed by Pavel Chukhray

Among the international projects of which Mr. Rodnyansky was a part of, the most notable are:

  • Est – Ouest by Régis Wargnier (nominated for Oscar as the Best Film not in the English language)
  • A Chef in Love by Nana Dzhordzhadze (nominated for Oscar as the Best Film not in the English language)
  • Jayne Mansfield’s Car, directed by Billy Bob Thornton (official selection of the Berlin Film Festival)
  • Standing Up! directed by DJ Caruso.
  • Devil’s Pass, directed by Renny Harlin

As a producer-financier Mr. Rodnyansky produced such notable films as:

Cloud Atlas, directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykver
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, directed by Robert Rodriguez
Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriguez

In 2013 a book by Alexander Rodnyansky "What makes a producer" was published and quickly became one of the best-selling non-fiction books of the year. In 2015 a second edition of the book was published with additional chapters, describing the behind the scenes stories of the highest grossing Russian film of the decade Stalingrad and the unprecedented international critical success of Leviathan.

Since 2004 to this day Alexander Rodnyansky serves as the president of the leading Russian national Film Festival "Kinotavr". "Kinotavr" was founded in 1989 and quickly became the most important film festival of the growing Russian film industry and one of the biggest national film festivals in the world. Each year only the best Russian films are selected for Kinotavr competition. The festival showcases the best that the industry has to offer, sets trends and discovers new talents. Every year more than 5 000 film professionals - directors, screenwriters, producers, distributors,film critics and members of the selection committees of the most notable European Film Festivals come to Sochi for Kinotavr.

Alexander Rodnyansky is very active in the professional film industry associations and has served on the juries of multiple important European film festivals. He is a member of the European Film Academy, National Academy of the Film sciences of Russia (The Golden Eagle), member of the Russian national Film award "Nika", member of the board of the Russian Academy of Television as well as the associate member of the International council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  

About Brutus


Written and Directed by Konstantin Fam
Running time: 38 minutes

War, racial laws, human atrocity, and cruelty separate a German Shepherd called Brutus from his beloved owner. After being transported from an animal shelter into a concentration camp and appointed a service dog, having undergone rigorous manipulation and physical training, a harmless house pet is transformed into a killer-beast.


About Konstantin Fam, Writer/Director of Brutus

Konstantin Fam (AKA Costa Fam) is a screenwriter, director, and producer. Konstantin is the creator of a trilogy called Witnesses dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust victims. Witnesses is a compilation of three short films: Shoes (2012), Brutus (2016), and Violin (release date - 2017), united by common characters and theme. The short Shoes won a number of awards at different international festivals and was submitted to the Academy Awards in 2013.

Konstantin Fam was born on July 13th 1977 in former USSR in a small Ukrainian town called Pervomaiskii from a Vietnamese father and Jewish mother. Konstantin’s father - a political immigrant, a family member of heroes of the Vietnamese resistance, who spent his childhood years in partisan troops. Konstantin’s mother was Jewish, whose family died during the Holocaust. Tragedies of Konstantin’s parents’ families played a big role in his creative vision.

Konstantin got his Theatre and Film Arts degree at the Dnepropetrovsk college of Theatrical Arts, VGIK, and NYFA. Konstantin worked for 20 years in theater and television in Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia as an actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Currently, Konstantin is developing his own projects. He also owns a company that produces educational content for parents alongside with his wife.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 1:00 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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