VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise) in the News: The Moscow News

Depardieu and Hurley take Grozny

by Vladimir Kozlov at 27/05/2013 19:47

Reports are streaming out of Chechnya about French actor – and new Russian citizen – Gerard Depardieu, who is working on two films set in the North Caucasus republic.

Depardieu arrived last week in Grozny to begin work on the thriller “Turquoise” alongside British actress Elizabeth Hurley. Directed by Philippe Martinez, “Turquoise” is filming in the Chechen capital and Moscow. According to the film’s producer, Depardieu plays a gangster recently released from prison. The character travels to Moscow to find his son’s killer, with the help of Hurley’s femme fatale.
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VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise) in the News: NY Times

Depardieu, Newly a Russian, Will Play Frenchman in Chechnya

Musa Sadulayev/Associated Press


Gerard Depardieu attended a news conference in Grozny, the formerly war-torn Chechen capital, on Tuesday.


Published: May 21, 2013

MOSCOW — Gérard Depardieu may have renounced his French nationality as a protest against high taxes and became a citizen of Russia instead, but on Tuesday he said he would play a Frenchman in a movie to be filmed in Moscow and in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya.

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Mr. Depardieu, who has declared the city of Saransk, about 370 miles east of Moscow in the Mordovia region, as his new home, held a news conference on Tuesday in Grozny to promote the film, which will be called “Turquoise” and will also star the British actress Elizabeth Hurley.
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VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise) in the News: The Times

Elizabeth Hurley to star with Gérard Depardieu

Elizabeth Hurley will play Alexandra Ivanova, a nightclub owner
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Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley will play Alexandra Ivanova, a nightclub owner Rob Rich/Splash News

Published at 12:01AM, May 14 2013

When Gérard Depardieu received his Russian passport in January, he declared his love for the country’s “people, its history, its writers” and praised the population for “your culture, your intelligence”.

Now, as a fitting token of his gratitude, the cinema giant and tax exile is bringing Elizabeth Hurley to Russia. She will travel to Moscow this week to film opposite Mr Depardieu, she has announced.
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VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise) in the News: The Moscow Times

Depardieu Defends Chechnya After Boston Bombing

22 May 2013 | Issue 5132
The Moscow Times

 French actor Gerard Depardieu looking at a glass during a news conference in Grozny on Tuesday.

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French actor Gerard Depardieu, visiting Grozny to film a new movie, said the ethnic Chechen brothers accused of the Boston bombing had been raised American and that residents of Chechnya were not to blame.The actor, who accepted Russian citizenship after quitting France to avoid a planned 75 percent tax on millionaires, was echoing comments from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, with whom he has been filmed socializing.
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Elizabeth Hurley will star alongside Gerard Depardieu as ALEXANDRA IVANOVA in VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise).

The stunningly beautiful English actress Elizabeth Hurley is starring opposite Gerard Depardieu in VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise). Ms. Hurley is taking on the role of ALEXANDRA IVANOVA, the fiercely loyal owner of a sophisticated, exclusive Moscow club. IVANOVA is VIKTOR LAMBERT ‘s (Depardieu) one true love and former partner-in-crime who stands beside him as he seeks revenge against his son’s murderers.
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Arnaud Frilley, Producer of Raspoutine will produce VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise)

Arnaud Frilley - Producer

Arnaud Frilley – Producer

Arnaud Frilley is a French film producer whose last film, “Raspoutine,” starring Gérard Depardieu, was distributed in more than 40 countries. His Russian origins created in him a love and taste for developing films that explore significant historical figures. Arnaud specializes in the production of films in the former Soviet Republics, with cinematographers from Russia, Kazakstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan… Arnaud Frilley is also one of the senior managers of the French group TITRA FILMS. He speaks Russian and is passionate about Russian art.
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Philippe Martinez helms new action thriller – VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise)

Director - Philippe Martinez

Director – Philippe Martinez

VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise) is a true and pure action movie, yet the main character Victor Lambert is so strong and so sensitive. I was thinking of Gérard Depardieu when I wrote this film. He was my inspiration when I wrote this script. VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise) is a passionate crime noir thriller, this is the kind of film that I love the most. I wanted to create a character who was ruthless in his struggle to avenge his son’s death.
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Gerard Depardieu set to star in Philippe Martinez helmed “VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise).”

VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise) Star – Gerard Depardieu

VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise) Star – Gerard Depardieu

Legendary film star and newly minted citizen of the Russian Federation Gerard Depardieu will star in action director Philippe Martinez’s “VIKTOR (a.k.a. Turquoise)”

Gérard Depardieu is Victor Lambert, a big hearted former gangster who was notorious for his art heists. After 15 years behind bars in France,Viktor Lambert returns to Moscow, the city where he once lived and still passionately loves. He is a man with a broken heart who embarks on a ruthless war–a manhunt in the Moscow night– to avenge the death of his son who was killed by diamond smugglers. Viktor is helped by his life-long love and former accomplice, ALEXANDRA IVANOVA.

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