City centre of Grozny
The first Noah’s Ark international film festival will take place in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, from 13 to 19 June of this year. Among the submissions will be films about the life of people belonging to different confessions created by film directors from many countries. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov says that the film festival in Grozny will promote the development of tolerance and toleration. There is no doubt that the new film forum will be an event of great significance in Chechnya’s cultural life, that it will raise its prestige, and bring peoples closer to each other. The ideology of films that will take part in the contest will contribute to spiritual-moral uplift, President Kadyrov emphasised.
The famous Russian film director Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky will head the festival. He invited many well-known Russian and foreign cinematographers to work as jurors. The famous Georgian film director Revaz Chheidze has already agreed to head the jurors’ team, which will include many famous film directors and producers such as Ovidio Salazar from the United States, Gala Halil from Egypt, Line Halvorsen from Norway, and many others.
The festival’s press office says that more than 100 films from 30 countries are in Moscow now. All these are feature films, animated cartoons, and also popular-science, documentary, and historical films. A special commission will select the best works for the contest programme. There will be much work to do, and it will be difficult enough. The point is that well-known filmmakers, participants in prestigious international film festivals, including the Cannes Festival, made many of these films. There are also Oscar prizewinners among them. “Our task today is to make a maximum effort so that everybody will be able to say that the organisers of the film forum have done good work”, Dikalu Muzakayev, the Chechen Minister of Culture, said. He added that the success of the festival in Grozny will enable Chechnya to integrate not only into the Russian cultural arena, but, also into the cultural space of the whole world.
The preparations are in full swing now. Chechen TV channels are actively promoting the upcoming festival, providing information about the participants and demonstrating their former works to filmgoers.
8 April 2008
Voice of Russia World Service