'Dovlatov' producer confirms new English-language project (exclusive)

Artem Vasilyev is putting together new English-language drama Aspiration.

Artem Vasilyev, producer of Aleksey German-Jr.’s Berlinale competition entry Dovlatov which screened this weekend, has confirmed he is putting together new English-language drama Aspiration, which will be shot in Ireland configured as a Russian Irish co-production.

Vasilyev’s Irish partner on the project is Stephen McCormack of Reflektor Media. The film will be directed by novellist, journalist and screenwriter Michail Idov, a former editor of Russian GQ and a regular contributor to Slate and The New York Times.

“I would describe it as a ’hermetic psychological’ thriller, in the vein of early Danny Boyle,” Idov said of Aspiration, which is about a group of successful men whose lives unravel after a suicide.

Idov will make Aspiration after he completes his debut feature, Russian-language drama The Humorist, which is also produced through Vasilyev’s Metrafilms.

Vasilyev also revealed further details of the “blitz

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