The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced that famous Russian documentary filmmaker and international film award winner Sergei Miroshnichenko is to begin shooting the official film of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The film, titled "Rings of the World", will highlight Olympic values, sports philosophy, advanced technology in sports and the growing role of the women in sports. The film is expected to be released in September 2014.
The film is suitable for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, and will continue the tradition of Olympic Films by capturing Russia’s first ever Olympic Winter Games.
Filming will take place in Russia and in other countries around the world, both before and during the Games. The documentary will be a series of short stories featuring prominent athletes. These Olympians will reflect on the challenges of sport in the modern world.
Several themes will be woven into the movie, explains Miroshnichenko. Specifically, the philosophy of sport, the rise of women in sports and society, and the timeless ideas of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the instigator of the modern Olympic movement.
The record number of women participating in the Sochi 2014 Games will be presented through the new events featuring in the Olympic program, such as the Women's Ski Jumping and Biathlon Mixed Relay.
In addition to portraying the athletes, the documentary will focus on those who are making it possible for the world's largest sporting event to successfully take place. Short stories of the individuals behind-the-scenes, such as medical specialists, ice makers, software engineers, technicians and other "Games Makers" will also be featured. Lastly, volunteers and fans, who play an important role creating the "Olympic atmosphere", will be recognized in musical clips.
The Official Film of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will convey the image of "a new Russia"; a Russia that is dynamic, lively, accessible, and has a good sense of humor. Sergei Miroshnichenko explains that the "air" of the Games’ host country will be woven into the scenery backdrop to portray the spirit of the competitions, thus confirming Sochi's place in the history of the Olympic Movement.
The combination of advanced technology and creativity of Miroshnichenko's team enable the film’s producers to create a unique documentary about the Games in Sochi, which undoubtedly will resonate with all sports fans.
The director of the film "Ring of the World" Sergei Miroshnichenko elaborates:
"My mission is to create a movie on intellect in sport. It is usually said that sport is about muscle. I believe that modern sport is about intellect. And my mission is to make a movie about ideas and high technology in sport. I would like it to be clear that hatred and war are not the best uses of strength and thought. Since the film is not just for the audience in Russia, but for the whole world, I would like people when they see this film to realize that there are people with a sense of humor in Russia and that, in general, we have much in common with the rest of the world."
Notes to the Editor
All Olympic Games since 1904 have, to varying degrees, produced a moving image legacy. At the beginning this was limited to newsreel coverage or short films, but starting in the 1920s, world famous film directors – such as Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Leni Riefenstahl and Carlos Saura to name but a few - were commissioned by the Organizing Committees to create full length documentaries about the Games.
Together they form a body of work that not only simply documents these events but also captures the spirit of the times and offers highly artistic views of the Olympic Games in the best of them. Some Official Films such as Olympia, Tokyo Olympiad or Visions of Eight, were critically well received and won awards at major film festivals worldwide.
The creators of the movie "Oh Sport, You are Peace!" about the first Olympics held in Russia (1980), in 1982, were awarded the State Prize of the USSR.
The film director Sergei Miroshnichenko is an Honored Artist of Russia, laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, member of the Presidential Council for Culture and the Arts of the Russian Federation, Secretary of the Union of Russian Cinematographers of Documentary Film, Professor of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, academician of the Russian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, member of the Russian Academy of Television "TEFI", academician of the Russian Academy of Motion Picture Arts "Nika".
Miroshnichenko is the holder of many Russian and international film awards, including the prize of the American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences "Emmy", the top prize for "Best Documentary" in Oberhausen (Germany), the prize of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for "Best Documentary", three Russian "Nika" film awards, "TEFI 2003" and the two statuettes "TEFI 2011", two "Golden Eagle" awards of the Russian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.