Residents of St. Petersburg gathered in front of the Mariinsky Theatre to protest against Alexei Uchitel's new film 'Matilda', the premiere of which was held there on Monday evening. People held portraits and photos of Emperor Nicholas II, while chanting and praying. Some protesters made signs with messages against the film. The film has caused an outcry by Orthodox Russians as feature a love... Еще affair between Emperor Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia, who is recognised by the Russian Church as a Saint, and ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya. Film director Alexei Uchitel said that despite the outcry, he has been offered to make a second instalment of 'Matilda,' but has decided against it. «I will not do this not because I am afraid, but because you can live through what you feel only once,» Uchitel said. The film has been criticised as «scandalous,» «anti-Russian» and «anti-religion» by the Russian Church and has sparked a wave of reactions from Orthodox followers. The controversy has caused reluctance for many theatres in Russia as to whether they will show the film or not.