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Moscow International Film Festival
June 30, 2006 17:07

First Moscow Film Festival was held in 1935 by request of the Head of the USSR Joseph Stalin as an alternative to the Venice Film Festival. Then it was cancelled for quite a long period of time. The festivals second birth was in 1959, since then it was held every two years, in 1999 becoming and annual event. XXVIII Moscow international film festival is taking place in the Russian capital between June 23 and July 2. Three cinemas host the festival Illuzion, Oktyabr, and Rolan; opening and closing ceremonies are held in Pushkinsky Cinema by tradition.

This year film festival turns out to be like a first pancake very lumpy. It is famous Austrian film director Michael Haneke (Funny Times, La Pianiste and Caché), who became the first trouble of the festival several days before the opening he refused to be the President of the Jury despite his previous agreement. Organizers rushed to Peter Greenaway (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The Belly of an Architect and The Tulse Luper Suitcases), and this was the second trouble British genius said no. He said he would have never ruled the film festival, a totalitarian entertainment, which was invented for propaganda. Desperate festival organizers had no choice but to ask Andrzej Zulawski from Poland (The Public Woman, My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days) to head the event. At last the festival went straight to its opening.

Along with Mr. Zulawski festival main competition jury 2006 includes Russian Aleksei Uchitel (Progulka (The Stroll), Dnevnik ego zheny (His Wife's Diary) and Kosmos kak predchuvstvie last years festival winner), Canadian Remy Girard (The Decline of the American Empire), Julie Christie, the British movie legend (Doctor Zhivago, Fahrenheit 451), and Pierre-Henry Deleau, French critic and producer.

The program of the Festival includes: Main Competition, Competition "Perspectives", Program of Russian films, Non-competition screening, Retrospective screening, Media-Forum. The films for the Festival program are selected by the Selection Committee. The Festival program includes only films, which havent been publicly screened on the territory of the Russian Federation (excluding Retrospectives and Program of Russian films). Each film may be shown not more than five times during the Festival including the press screenings. Only full-length feature films produced after June 29, 2005, are accepted for the Competition programs.

Preference in Competition programs is given to the World and International premieres. Not less than 12 films will participate in the Main Competition of the XXVIII Moscow International Film Festival. Films in standard 35mm format with optical phonogram may participate in the Main Competition program of the Festival. Not less than 8 films will participate in the Competition "Perspectives" of the XXVIII Moscow International Film Festival. "Perspectives" competition is reserved for the debuts, prospective and experimental films on any professional carriers, excluding films in 16mm format.

Here are some useful links to keep you updated with the Festival information and extras:

Information on competing films:

Festival programme:

Festival prizes:

Anna Kizilova



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