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Thursday, 12 June 2008

Russian Programme of the 30th International Moscow Festival

Filed under: cinema,performing arts,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Moscow looks forward to a major cinema event this summer, the Moscow International Film Festival. The jubilee forum will be held from 19 to 28 June, and its programme has been posted. All in all, over 200 films from different countries are competing at the festival. Russia will be represented by two films, Orchard by Sergei Ovcharov, based on Anton Chekhov’s play Cherry Orchard, and Once in Province by Katya Shagalova. In addition, another film on the festival programme is Birds of Paradise by Russian film director Roman Balayan, who is working in the Ukraine at present. Many Russian films shall also be shown outside the framework of the competition, for example, there is a programme devoted to the centenary of cinema in Russia, which is marked this year, and a history of the Moscow film festival. A retrospective show of “Socialist avant-gardism” features the best Soviet films of 1929-1971.

According to Nikita Mikhalkov, the President of the Moscow International Film Festival and prominent film-maker, this year, Russian cinema was worthily represented at all world’s leading film festivals. Mr Mikhalkov stressed that this was just the beginning, since interest in Russian cinema was reviving everywhere in the world, not just in Russia alone. He believes that the reason for this is the fact Russian cinema increasingly turns to relevant topical issues of Russian life for its plots.

Moscow’s forum is a Class A festival, which is in the same class with such prestigious world’s film forums as the Cannes Festival, the Berlin Festival, and the Venetian Festival. The history of the Moscow forum can be traced back to 1935. Then, the first Moscow film festival was held. Owing to various reasons, there was a long interval, and the second film forum in Moscow was held only a quarter of a century later, in 1959. That year is considered to be the official birthday of the film festival in the Russian capital. Since 2000, the festival is now an annual event. In past years, the best masters of cinema came to Moscow. Amongst those who headed the festival’s jury previously were Claude Lelouch, Teo Angelopulos, Andrzej Wajda, and others. This year, the jury chairman shall be the world-famous Norwegian actress Liv Ullman.

11 June 2008

Milena Faustova

Voice of Russia World Service



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