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Directed by Vitaly Sumin

Runtime – 104 min, Country - USA, Language – English,
Specifics – B&W and Color, Dolby Stereo .
Official Website: www.shadesofday.com

Shades of Day (2006) on IMDb
Two television interviews with
director Vitaly Sumin. Includes deleted scenes.

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About The Film
Shades of Day is a suspenseful Hollywood fable based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic novella White Nights (considered one of the greatest love stories ever written), but here transported to modern-day Los Angeles. It's the first installment of our ambitious Dostoyevsky-L.A. Project, which also includes Notes from the New World (completed).

The film crosses and re-crosses the thin line that separates tragedy from comedy. It introduces us to the enchanting LINDA, whose life is centered around a planned reunion with her former lover PAUL. Her plans change in remarkable ways as she encounters an extraordinary cast of characters, including a new lover and a movie producer who is being pursued by the Mafia.

HISTORY OF THE PROJECT
For various reasons --  mainly because the film was shot on super 16 separately in b&w and color - the negative remained uncut until April 2013.
On April 19th, the rough cut of Shades of Day - Director's Cut-2013 had its world premiere at the 15th International Festival of Detective Films in Moscow, Russia (detectivefest.ru/). The film became the winner of the festival, receiving a special award.
Festivals & Awards
       















































St.Petersburg's 22nd Festival of Festivals - June 2014. People wait before the screening of Shades of Day. In this non-competitive festival (which takes place each year during the city's fairy-tale-ish White Nights) they screened mostly A-festival (Cannes, Berlin, Sundance...) winners/participants so our Shades of Day  -- based on Dostoyevsky's White Nights -- was in a good company, which inlcuded  Venus in Fur by Roman Polanski, Enemy by Denis Villneuve, Winter Sleep (Winner-Cannes, 2014) by Nuri Bilg Ceylan and other such great films.

     

Critics Corner
 

Shades of Day was selected by the Rutgers University professor Gerard Pirog for his course in cinema along with classic works by Bernardo Bertolucci, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Bresson, Martin Scorsese, Paul Shrader, Erich von Stroheim ...read more

"The film has a magical look...Quite an achievement!.."
Jonathan Dana, producer, former director of acquisition and development for the Samuel Goldwyn Company.

"Crisply shot, the film has a gritty quality that captures the struggling underside of L.A. In some ways it is Director Sumin's hymn to Los Angeles".
Wade Major, film critic - ENTERTAINMENT TODAY

"Stunning visuals!"
Francesca Elizabeth Miller, film critic - L.A. MAGAZINE, NIGHTLIFE TONIGHT

"Camilla Bergstrom as "Linda" is a real find. She has a haunted, enigmatic appeal that lights up the screen."

"Philippe Bergeron, who plays "Gary", almost steals every scene in which he appears. He has a particular talent for mugging at the camera that is both poignant and hilarious."

"Crisply shot; well written. The ending will surprise you... It was definitely not what I expected."
Mark Lewis, film critic - KXLU-FM, KCSN-FM, CRN

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