Center Festival is an annual documentary film festival about urban culture and the life of modern society.
The event organized by the Documentary Film Center and the Moscow Museum presents Russian premieres of documentary hits of the current festival year, exploring the issues of modern urban and social setups.
The festival aims at displaying the city as a space for social interaction and identifying the most important trends that determine the bearings of the modern world and the human’s position in it.
The festival will be held at the main cinema and art venues of Moscow, such as the Garage Museum of Modern Art, the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and the Documentary Film Center from September 5 to 9, as well as at St. Petersburg’s New Holland from September 13 to 16.
The festival will present documentary films by Russian, French, Dutch and American directors.
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The program of Center Festival 2018 includes four blocks: "Society", "Culture", "Film Archive" and the selection of short films for the first national competition.
The Society block brings together films on acute social topics: cyberspace and its legal norms, the era of post-truth and the transforming paradigm of success.
The Culture block includes films about the heroes of various areas of art, epochs and political spaces. What they have in common is disobedience to the established aesthetic canons and resistance to public stereotypes.
Film Archive addresses topical issues of the modern world through the prism of the cinema history. It is designed to attract attention and open access to the creativity of significant but little-known film directors in Russia and rare archival masterpieces.
This year's innovation is a national Russian contest among documentary filmmakers and video artists.
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The festival will be opened with the film “After the Summer” by recognized Russian film director Kirill Serebrennikov. The film dwells on the history and mythology of Russian rock music. This is a film about the freedom and independence aspirations of the youth of the Stagnation period in Russian history.
How about the legendary "American dream"? What has happened to it? Why even the most prosperous countries cannot get rid of bullying at schools and harassment in social networks? Viewers will learn about it from documentaries by Chris Marker (France), Lauren Greenfield (the USA), Robert Green (the USA) and other famous directors.
Three films featured at the festival – “Us, Margela”, “Kusama. Infinite Worlds” and “Poor People. Kabakov”- will tell about the life and creativity of outstanding artists from Belgium, Japan and Russia, whose works have become a cult and largely determined modern views on art.
Find program details and book tickets at the festival's website
When: from 4 am to 11 pm on September 5 to 9, 2018.
Where: the "Garage" Museum of Contemporary Art at the address 9/32, Krimsky Val, next to metro stations Oktyabrskaya and Park of Culture, Moscow.
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