Thursday, 23 June 2011

Moscow Film festival: embracing the boundless

From June 23 to July 2, Moscow hosts the 33rd annual International Film Festival. It seems that the organizers of the festival want to embrace the boundless – the program of the festival lists 400 films from all over the world.

This year the festival will open with the first screening of “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” in 3D format. On this occasion almost the whole production team, headed by one of the most commercially successful directors, Michael Bay, has come to Moscow.

The full list of the festival’s guests has not been unveiled, yet among those whose participation has been confirmed are British actress Helen Mirren, Italian actor and film director Michele Placido and the former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel. By the way, Havel comes to the festival to present his first film, which is participating in competition.

The festival comprises 25 film programs. The Gala Screenings presents the most successful films of the year. “8 ½ Films” is the program dedicated to the eternal search for new cinematic language.

“Savage Nights” is a new program at the Moscow Festival. It offers films that are not suitable for daytime screening. These movies are not recommended to “very sensitive people” but also promise “all the joys of life”.

2011 sees the Russia-Italy and Russia-Spain cross cultural years and the Moscow film festival offers two programs dedicated to the cinematography of these countries - “Made in Spain” and “Focus on Italy”.

Voice of Russia

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