Russian fairy tale pictures have been turned into fairy tales by the country’s new government.
The country’s National Institute of Culture, Media and Sport (NIMAS) has unveiled a series of photographs showing people dancing to a folktale.
These images are part of the National Film Day, the first time since 1918 that the country has unveiled its national film calendar.
“I like to look at things from the perspective of an actor, and I like to create something that is more than the sum of its parts,” said NIMAS director Alexander Kuznetsov.
The film is the brainchild of Kuznofski, who had been the director of the Moscow film festival.
He decided to commission a short story called “Skaigarskaia” (A Fairy Tale Story).
The story tells of a boy who grows up to become a fairy godmother to a young woman who wants to be a princess, a task he succeeds at.
The fairy tale is based on a Russian fairy story, “Dzyanie” (The Fairytale), but is a Russian film.
The new film is set in a fictionalised version of Russia.
The story centers on the daughter of a peasant family who grows to be the princess of the village, and is led by a man who is the hero of the story.
The NIMASH director said the project has been influenced by fairy tales.
“I think fairy tales should be more like Western fairy tales,” he said.
“They should be the kind of story that is about a family, not about the hero, but about the heroine.”
He said Russian fairy stories had a lot of elements that are common in the western fairy tale.
The main one, he said, was the romance between the two main characters.
The story is set to run for two hours, with an hour being reserved for the characters dancing.
NIMASS director KuzNETSOV told Al Jazeera that the programme will also feature an “interview” with the main characters, which will focus on the family dynamics.
“The main thing is that these characters, they have the same background, they share the same history, and they have a common experience of life,” he added.
“And I think this is really important to convey to the viewer the feeling of the real world.”
In the story, the main character is a farmer who becomes a fairy, who falls in love with a princess and takes her under his wing.
But he is not so happy about the love, and when the princess asks him to marry her, he refuses, saying he is a man and is married.
“There is a bit of a love triangle between the fairy and the princess, and the fairy has her own story to tell,” Kuznetsov said.
The programme will be broadcast on the state-owned NTV channel in Russian and on the Russian-language TV channel RIA Novosti, as well as in Russian language outlets in English, French and Korean.
The National Film Museum of the Russian Federation (NFFRF) has also released a short film about the fairy tale called “Balkan” (Boys and Girls).
The film, which is based off of the popular children’s book series “Barka” (Beauty and the Beast), stars Anna Uchitelova as the main heroine, a boy named Ben, and stars Tatiana Maslany as a girl named Rose.
Kuznetssov said the NFFRF is also planning to host an animated series called “Fairy Tale of Russia” in 2018.
“They are trying to do something with the children,” he told Al-Jazeera.
“And the reason why they want to do this is because the children are becoming so used to these kind of fairy tales.”
The NFFrf has also been hosting a fairytale festival in Moscow for the last two years.
“We’re planning to do another festival in 2020,” Kiznetsov told Aljazeera.
“The idea is to have some children participate and have some conversations.”
In a bid to revive Russian fairy-tale culture, Kuznosov said that NIMS had set up a museum dedicated to fairy tales in Moscow.
He said the museum will be open to the public from the beginning of April.