The Silver Skates (Russian: Серебряные коньки, romanized: Serebryanye konki) is a 2020 Russian romance period adventure film directed by Michael Lockshin in his directorial debut, with a screenplay written by Roman Kantor, and produced by Pyotr Anurov was is inspired by the Dutch novel of the same name by the American writer Mary Mapes Dodge was translated into Russian, and influenced by Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the winter wonderland of Saint Petersburg, the Russian Empire at the turn of the late 19th - early 20th centuries. The ice-covered rivers and canals of the Russian capital turn into the main roads and markets traversed on ice skates and sleds.
Matvey is the faster ice skating courier. The son of a poor lamplighter, he was never destined to meet the aristocrat Alisa is the daughter of one of the Tsar's minister.
The film's co-producers included Leonid Vereshchagin, Anton Zlatopolskiy, and Rafael Minasbekyan. The film stars the pairs of Fedor Fedotov and Sofya Priss, alongside Kirill Zaytsev, Yuri Borisov, Aleksei Guskov, Severija Janusauskaite, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Timofey Tribuntsev, and Aleksandra Revenko in supporting roles. Principal photography lasted from January to May 2019 took place in Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast, the location manager with the participation in Saint Isaac's Square.
The Silver Skates was chosen as the opening film of the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival, and premiered October 1, 2020. The theatrical release in Russia commenced December 10, 2020 by Central Partnership, and including in IMAX cinemas
The 20th century is just around the corner. In winter, St. Petersburg transforms into a fairytale-like wonderland where frozen rivers and canals bustle with festivity. The city is home to 18-year-old Matvey who works as a delivery boy at a famous local bakery. The son of a poor lamplighter, his only treasure is a pair of silver-plated skates he inherited from his father. Meanwhile, a high-ranking official's daughter Alisa is feeling like a prisoner in her father's mansion. One day their paths cross.