Award winning Russian filmmaker/writer Diana Galimzyanova will soon be the first female director of a Memento-like Russian film noir titled The Lightest Darkness – that is, once she can raise the money to finish the movie through her current IndieGoGo campaign. The trailer is quite simple – a lone woman steps through a locked door, confused and slightly disoriented. She finds a note saying she’ll be getting information at 3:00, but just as she checks her watch, time rewinds to the early morning, where she discovers the key that will unlock the door that she had walked through in the previous scene.
Where is this film going? Where has it been? The only way to find out is to get it finished, and the only way to finish it is with your help.
Inspired by pioneer directors like Ida Lupin, Galimzyanova wants to make The Lightest Darkness into a new age Hitchcockian thriller that borrows elements from both the past and the present. Says Galimzyanova: “Although the story is not set in the ’40s, all the characters are dressed in the ’40s style and use props from ’40s. But they also Skype with each other. I see it as an alternate universe where things are a bit different than in our world.” This thriller/mystery is about a train riding private investigator named I.R. Musin as he relays a work-related story to his fellow passengers, all while a serial killer terrorizes the railroad. As he tells his tale, he remembers it backwards, making for quite the interesting yarn. The movie will be filmed in black and white and without nudity or on-screen violence, sticking to the authentic film noir style.
Galimzyanova is currently running an IndiGoGo campaign to raise the $35,000 she needs to complete her film. Anyone who contributes to the movie’s completion will get some pretty cool perks – a digital download of the finished flick, special thanks in the credits, one of the specially made props used in the movie (possible clues to the mystery), an executive producer credit and more. If you’re interested in helping out with her project, you can pledge your support here. Don’t miss out on getting your name up on screen and help get this first female directed Russian film noir flick into production!