Russian director likely to miss TIFF premiere due to visa issues

Pop Goes The News — Russian director Alexei Mizgirev likely won’t be walking the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for the world premiere of his movie Duelyant.

Mizgirev was denied a visa by the Canadian embassy in Moscow because of concerns he won’t return to Russia, according to

TIFF has scheduled three public screenings of Duelyant on Sept. 9, 11 and 17.

Shot in IMAX, the film is set in 19th-century Czarist Russia and tells the story of a professional duellist.

One of the film’s producers, Russian billionaire Gleb Fetisov, reportedly offered to put up a $1 million surety so Mizgirev can attend the premiere at TIFF.

A TIFF spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter it would be inappropriate to comment on a specific case but said the festival works closely with Canadian consulates and embassies to ensure guests receive assistance.