First anthology of modern Russian poetry presented in Rome
The first anthology of contemporary Russian poetry has been presented at the European Library in Rome. An Italian publishing house released a 575-page unique edition that includes translations of works by 16 Russian poets who made a significant contribution to local culture. The poems were translated by prominent Slavic expert Annalisa Alleva, who selected poems and presented them to Italian readers. The anthology includes poems by Sergei Gandelevsky, Timur Kibirov, Aleksandr Kushner, and Sergei Startanovsky.
19 June 2008
New production of Tristan und Isolde by the Mariinsky at White Nights Festival
Five Angels for the Millennium (Bill Viola (1951- ), 2001)
St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre is going to introduce this year’s White Nights Festival to a rare blend of classical music and topical art, its new version of Tristan und Isolde comes complete with an original video design by Bill Viola who has long dreamed of introducing St Petersburg to things that delighted the audiences of Paris’ Opera de Bastille, New York, and Los Angeles.
20 June 2008
Voice of Russia World Service
Moscow to host 30th international film festival
The 30th Moscow International Film Festival opens in the capital on Thursday promising lots of fascinating discoveries and featuring numerous guests. World-famous Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano is due to receive an honorary award at the opening ceremony, after which an American comedy, Hancock, will be screened two weeks ahead of its American première.
A jury comprising film makers, critics and actors from Austria, Russia, Britain and Chile will choose the winner from a competition programme of 16 films. Around 200 movies will also be shown. Famous Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov, who was elected festival president for three years at last year’s organising committee session, will be chairman of the event until 28 June.
The Moscow International Film Festival has been held since 1959, although the best foreign films were first screened in the city back in 1935. It has been held annually since 2000. The festival was registered by the International Federation of Film Producers Association (IFFPA) as one of the largest and most prestigious film forums, on a par with its analogues from Berlin, Cannes, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, and Venice.
19 June 2008