Russian director Pavel Lungin and French actress Carole Bouquet will become presidents of the Russian-French Film Academy of Motion Picture Arts.
The decision regarding the foundation of such an academy was made by the Russian and French presidents at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2010. Final decisions regarding the founders of the new Academy were announced in May – the Russian Film Support Foundation and the French National Center for Cinematography.
The treaty that will officially start the creation of the academy will be signed by the Russian and French culture ministers on July 11 in St. Petersburg.
The French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand revealed in November last year that the first filmmaker who suggested the idea of the Russian-French Film Academy was Russian film director Pavel Loungin (Taxi Blues, The Island, Ivan The Terrible). This fact contributed to the decision to make him the president of the due-to-be-founded institution.