Booktrailer for AGE OF WITCHES!

Booktrailer for AGE OF WITCHES by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko with English subtitles was uploaded to youTube after the decision to publish the English translation of the novel in digital was announced by authors’ representative Trident Media Group.

Booktrailer was created under the direction of Oleg Assadulin (Dark World: Equilibrium), subtitles translated by Julia Meitov Hersey. Enjoy!

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Metal Group Recorded Album Inspired by Dyachenkos’ Novel

Mirror Morionis - 'Eternal Unforgiveness' Album Cover

Mirror Morionis - Eternal Unforgiveness Album Cover

Mirror Morionis, internationally known HM band from Tomsk, recently released Atmospheric Doom Metal CD album entitled “Eternal Unforgiveness”, unusual tribute to Marina and Sergey Dyachenkos’ fantasy fiction – all lyrics were inspired by SKRUT, one of the first and probably one of the darkest novels of the authors.

 

Femme Metal Webzine reviewed “Eternal Unforgiveness” and gave it 95 of 100:

The songs are all masterpieces, but the two biggest standouts on the album for me have to be named: they are “Her Morion Eyes” (seriously epic; and could have been even more epic lyrically if Cataract had not been hindered by writing in his second language, which I feel caused him to miss a few tricks with the potential for vocal interplay between Mirror and himself – their character roles could have played opposing parts more prominently) and “The Sun Will Never Rise” (especially the combination of the guitar and vocal melodies together when “Farewell, your life erases me, forever fail, forever die” first comes in – it is absolutely stunning – a moment of exceptional musical greatness even on an overall great album that is full of great moments). “Eternal Unforgiveness” could well be considered a concept album as all of the songs cover the same topical themes so all of them are connected in that sense, and some of them are directly connected to each other.

 

Besides tracks linked above, YouTube has also nice atmospheric and beautiful video version of “When Mirror Cries”. Enjoy!

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“The Seventh Rune”: New Original TV Series Scripted by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko Went to Production

Writing scripts for feature movies and TV series became the main part of Marina and Sergey Dyachenko professional work in recent several years. And now information has been released regarding the beginning of production of their new original fantasy series “The Seventh Rune” under the banner of Mars Media Company and with Sergey Popov at the director’s chair.

The leading parts in “The Seventh Rune” are going to be performed by Viktor Sukhorukov, Yuliya Snigir, Agniya Kuznetsova and Yuri Kolokolnikov.

Yuliya Snigir, who was the leading actress in Fyodor Bondarchuk’s Inhabited Island and recently worked with Bruce Willis in John Moore’s action blockbuster A Good Day To Die Hard, commenting her involvement in new series mentioned that filming will be held in Karelia and Saint-Petersburg and her character is the courageous journalist.

Julia Snigir in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

Julia Snigir in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The first season of the other modern fantasy series scripted by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko – “Dark World: The Balance” directed by Oleg Assadulin – scheduled by Russian TV for the Fall of 2013. The new Dyachenkos’ based-on-script novel of the same title will be published by Eksmo.

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TRIUMVIRATE by Yulia Andreeva: The artistic biographies of the writers

Yulia Andreeva, Triumvirate

Yulia Andreeva, Triumvirate

It’s a rare bird in Russian fandom, but here it is: Yulia Andreeva, writer from Sant-Petersburg, published a limited edition of TRIUMVIRATE, the book with the artistic biographies of the three modern literary fantasy writers – Henry Lion Oldie (aka Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhenskiy), Andrei Valentinov and Marina and Sergey Dyachenko.

Yulia Andreeva writes:

“I kept this project to myself for quite a while. Eventually I did bring it to light.
Everyone asks me: “How can you work with these… ahem …titans?” I don’t mind. I’ve written about Herod the Great. Not much scares me after him.
I am so incredibly lucky. Everyone in this book has an amazing biography. There’s martial arts, archaeological excavations, and even underwater hunting. Happiness, sorrow, friendship, betrayal… But the most important is the tremendous work they do every day.”

And now for something completely different… Well, you know, not really… But… It’s…

THE BOOKTRAILER! The real thing mastered by Bronya Gromova, with English narration and subtitles added by Anastasia Dyachenko. Enjoy!

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Alisa Award for THE LAST CENTAUR!

The Last Centaur, 2012 Russian edition cover

The Last Centaur, 2012 Russian edition cover

Marina and Sergey Dyachenko’s THE LAST CENTAUR was proclamed “the best book for children and young adults” of the previous year and got Alisa Award at the Russia major national convention RosCon at March 29, 2013.

Rosman Publishing House, the publisher of the book, highlighted the news on their website:

THE LAST CENTAUR began the Dyachenkos’ touching and romantic trilogy about a kind and wise centaur Sebastian who has lost his people and is looking for friends among people and animals. It was published by Rosman in September 2012 and has won the warm affection of readers and critics. During the award ceremony, Sergey Dyachenko announced that the second book in the series had already been finished and the writers were working on the final book. “We do not know how the story will end yet, but this award has inspired us to explore something unprecedented” – said Sergey with the award in his hands.

Congratulations to Sergey and Marina Dyachenko on receiving the prize! The continuation of Sebastian’s story will be available to readers this autumn!

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“The White Guard” Won “The Golden Eagle” Award for the Best TV Production!

The Golden Eagle Award trophy

The Golden Eagle Award trophy

TV series “The White Guard”, based on the Marina and Sergey Dyachenko screenplay, was awarded by “The Golden Eagle” as the best Russian TV production of the 2012!

“The White Guard” is 6-hour mini-series TV adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s classic novel of the same title. Series dramatizes historical perturbations of Winter 1918-1919 in Kiev during the Russian civil war and focuses on family of Turbins found themselves in midst of tragic world-changing events. Sergey Snezhkin directed mini-series featured many popular Russian movie stars including Konstantin Khabensky (“Wanted”), Sergey Garmash (“House”), Fyodor Bondarchuk (“Inhabitad Island”) and others.

“The Golden Eagle” is a Russian equivalent of an “Oscar” and “Emmy” awards combined, most prestigious Russian annual award presented by National Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Russia.

Aleksey Serebryakov in The White Guard as Feliks Nay-Turs

Aleksey Serebryakov in The White Guard as Feliks Nay-Turs

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Happy New Year! – And One More Film

Marina and Sergey just addressed to all of you with the holiday greets:

Dear Friends!

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year for all of you!

We have a modest gift for you – here is a short debute film made by our daughter Anastasia! Hope you’ll like it!

Yours,
Marina + Sergey

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VITA NOSTRA: Soon To Be Filmed!

We’ve got great news from the Moscow Film Market: not only screen rights for VITA NOSTRA sold to Bazelevs Production, but the movie already in pre-production with the script get ready and approved!

Timur Bekmambetov / Photo by Mikhail Popov

Timur Bekmambetov / Photo by Mikhail Popov

At the presentation of Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs Production company on the Moscow Film Market new projects were announced, including feature movie based on Marina and Sergey Dyachenko urban fantasy award-winning novel VITA NOSTRA (avaliable in translation as Kindle edition form Amazon.com). Movie script was written by Dyachenkos themselves and already was accepted by the producers. Project was set on fast track with the film premiere date aimed to the January 2014.

Timur Bekmambetov established himself as one of the Russian most successful movie directors after the premiere of fantasy horror Night Watch in 2004 and its sequel Day Watch in 2006. Since 2005 Bekmambetov has been working in Hollywood, where he directed and produced high budget action movie Wanted (2008), animated feature 9 (2009) and recent horror adventure Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012). At the same time he developed more success in Russia directing and producing several national box office hits.

Studio presenting Vita Nostra as potential hit for Russian national market with strong chances for subsequent international success.

It must be noted, that Kindle edition of the novel was published with Bekmambetov’s praise, partially quoted at the front cover:

VITA NOSTRA is a fantasy, but a fantasy so authentic that, having turned its last page, I thought that Marina and Sergey Dyachenko somehow know everything that happened to me during the first year of my adult life. I am so grateful to them for giving me another chance to relive those experiences; with all the means of cinematography at my disposal, I will do my best to convey the magic of those times.”

It looks like the promotion campaign for the international Vita Nostra movie release get the early start.

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[Updated] VITA NOSTRA – Kindle Edition!

Vita Nostra, Kindle (UK) edition

Vita Nostra, Kindle edition

Breaking News: Kindle edition of VITA NOSTRA in translation of Julia Meitov Hersey can be downloaded right now from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk!

VITA NOSTRA became the second novel by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko available in translation for Anglophone readers (The Scar was the first).

VITA NOSTRA—it’s a book that has the potential to become a modern classic of its genre.”
—Lev Grossman,
a novelist, a senior writer and book critic for TIME magazine

VITA NOSTRA is a fantasy, but a fantasy so authentic that, having turned its last page, I thought that Marina and Sergey Dyachenko somehow know everything that happened to me during the first year of my adult life. I am so grateful to them for giving me another chance to relive those experiences; with all the means of cinematography at my disposal, I will do my best to convey the magic of those times.”
—Timur Bekmambetov,
film director, producer

Kindle edition was endorsed by authors’ representatives Trident Media Group, LLC.

Vita Nostra is modern literary fantasy novel with “coming of age” theme, first in associative Dyachenkos’ “Metamorphosis” cycle. The book got absolutely positive reception, it collected several professional and readers awards and was mentioned as one of the most important work of national speculative fiction of the decade (look for more details here).

 

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Pictures from THE LAST CENTAUR signing

Marina and Sergey Dyachenko attended signing of their new book THE LAST CENTAUR at Biblio-Globus Bookshop, one of the largest in Moscow, at October 2nd. The book is the fix-up children fantasy novel published by Rosman (the publisher of “Harry Potter” franchise in Russia) with beautiful illustrations by Mariam Saderdinova. You may look at PDF-sample of the first pages to get your own impression of her interior works.

Here are several pictures from the signing Marina and Sergey offered for our website (thanks!).

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