Valery Rashkin, a deputy of the State Duma from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, against the background of the Kinodanz conflict and Yevgeny Bazhenov, filed a request to the Prosecutor General to check the Ministry of Culture. In his opinion, the agency does not comply with the law on state support of cinematography in Russia in relation to the company that filed a lawsuit against BadComedian.
According to the law, in films that receive financial support from the state, mostly Russian should be used. However, the film “Beyond the Boundaries of Reality”, published in 2018, was completely filmed in English.
At the same time, the artistic intent, as far as can be judged, in no way justifies the use of a foreign language.
Other studio films, including “Dancing to Death”, “Abigail” and “Genesis”, hardly correspond to the established principles. Moreover, all projects of the company have “a stable low rating and very small fees”.
It seems that the Ministry of Culture is not taking sufficient measures to identify Russian films whose state support is necessary and possible from the point of view of current legislation and (or) the targeted use of allocated budgetary funds is not properly monitored.
On June 3, BadComedian released a video in which he said that the authors of “Beyond Reality” filed a lawsuit against him because of his review of the film. Thus, they are going to recover from it one million rubles. However, many representatives of the industry took the side of the blogger, including Sarik Andreasyan. After it became known that the Ministry of Culture is in no way connected with a lawsuit against Evgeny Bazhenov.