8 September 2016

Laurels of Russian Cinematography to screen at Silk Road film festival in China

Between 19 and 23 September China will host the 3rd annual international film festival called “Silk Road”, which was instituted by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China in 2014. The festival's mission is to support the strategic ideas of a major economic project called “New Silk Road” and to strengthen the cultural ties between the countries that used to be part of the ancient trade route.

This year the festival takes place in the city of Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The programme features more than 150 films from 25 countries, a cinema market, presentations and forums, which will be visited by representatives from 170+ film studios in the world. The festival's Out of Competition strand is to feature a special film programme called “Laurels of Russian Cinematography”. The project is timed to coincide with Year of Russian Cinema. The programme is organized by Gosfilmofond of Russia with support from the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. The project is sponsored in China by the Film Archive of China.

“Laurels of Russian Cinematography” is a special programme that comprises masterpieces of Russian and Soviet cinema. The common motif of all films is courage, overcoming and fortitude. The stories centre on the finest hours in Russia's history.

The programme features 6 films:

1. “October” (1927), dir. S. Eisenstein

2. “Nebesnyi tihohod”  (1945), dir. S. Timoshenko

3. “Utomlenniye solntsem” [Burnt by the Sun] (1994), dir. N. Mikhalkov

4. “White Tiger” (2012), dir. K. Shakhnazarov

5. “Battalion” (2015), dir. D. Meskhiyev

6. “Battle for Sevastopol” (2015), dir. S. Mokritsky

The films “Battle for Sevastopol” and “Battalion” were made with financial support from the Culture Ministry of the Russian Federation, the Cinema Foundation and with expert advice from the Russian Military History Society.

This is what Nikolai Mikhailovich Borodachev, General Director of Gosfilmofond of Russia, had to say about the Russian works showcased at the film festival: Gosfilmofond of Russia is the largest collection of films in the world. That is the reason why we believe it is our duty to share the best motion pictures from past years with audiences. Cinema is a spiritual source; it has social and historical value and gives aesthetic pleasure. In portraying the man of our time, the best Soviet films show his feelings, thoughts and actions, endorse and promote moral precepts. I very much hope that all guests of the festival will enjoy the Soviet and Russian motion pictures that Gosfilmofond of Russia presents as part of the Laurels of Russian Cinema programme.

Elena Petrovna Timchenko, co-founder of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko: International cultural exchange programmes are a special area of focus for the Timchenko Foundation. We introduce the Russians to the best foreign works of art, and in other countries we try to showcase the many facets of our national culture. Last year we joined forces with Gosfilmofond of Russia and the Film Archive of China to hold a joint film festival called “Eternal Flame” for the first time. It proved a great success in our countries, bringing back the heroism of the Soviet and Chinese peoples in the fight against Nazism. We are very happy that Russian films are popular in China and specifically that they are screened at festivals, winning the grand prizes on a regular basis. I am confident that the Laurels of Russian Cinematography project will make an important contribution to the varied programme of the Silk Road festival, as well as facilitating the continued dialogue between the two countries in the world of cinematic art.

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