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Published On: Tue, Feb 24th, 2015

‘Cinderella’ screens in Moscow, Milan

Continuing their tour around the world, the stars ­ of Cinderella, the breathtaking live-action feature directed by Kenneth Branagh, wowed the Italian crowd at the photo call and on the red carpet prior to the screening at the Space Cinema Odeon.

Lily James at "Cinderella" screening Moscow, photo Getty Images

Lily James at “Cinderella” screening Moscow, photo Getty Images

Lily James, Richard Madden and director Branagh all participated in the red carpet, photo call and press conference in Moscow to introduce the film to Russian fans this week as well. Co-star Cate Blanchett was on-hand for the screening in Italy.

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Full synopsis:

Richard Madden, Kenneth Branagh, Lily James at the "Cinderella" screening in Italy, photo Getty

Richard Madden, Kenneth Branagh, Lily James at the “Cinderella” screening in Italy, photo Getty

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”

When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.

Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Richard Madden, Lily James at "Cinderella" screening Moscow, photo Getty Images

Richard Madden, Lily James at “Cinderella” screening Moscow, photo Getty Images

Richard Madden, Lily James and director Kenneth Branagh at "Cinderella" screening Moscow, photo Getty Images

Richard Madden, Lily James and director Kenneth Branagh at “Cinderella” screening Moscow, photo Getty Images

"Cinderella" screening in Italy  photo/Getty

“Cinderella” screening in Italy photo/Getty

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