24 November 2017

Modern Russian Films to screen at Silk Road film festival in China

Modern Russian Films to screen at Silk Road film festival in China

The press centre of MIA[International News Agency (INA)] Russia Today in Moscow hosted a presentation of the project titled Modern Russian Cinema as part of the 4th Silk Road International Film Festival in Fuzhou (China). Scheduled for 28 November to 3 December is an out-of-competition strand, which will feature contemporary Russian films.

The programme features 6 films:

1. The Age of Pioneers, dir. D. Kisilyov (the opening film of the programme)

2. The Queen of Spades, dir. P. Lungin

3. Anna Karenina. Vronsky's Story, dir. K. Shakhnazarov

4. Legend No 17, dir. N. Lebedev

5. The Icebreaker, dir. N. Khomeriky

6. The Postman's White Nights, dir. A. Konchalovsky

The project has been organized by Gosfilmofond of Russia with support from the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko and the Film Archive of China. As an exclusive to the Silk Road festival, Gosfilmofond of Russia also made available a number of film classics for screening as part of a separate strand of international cinematic legends, such as The Dawns Here Are Quiet, Station for Two, and Office Romance.

Addressing the guests as part of the project presentation were:

• Maria Morozova, general director of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko

Kirill Razlogov, an official spokesperson of the Russian Delegation at the Silk Road festival, President of the Guild of Film Experts and Critics of Russia, and program manager of MMKF [Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF

Vasily Shilnikov, head of copyright and related rights, Gosfilm[o]fond of Russia

Yelena Drapeko, Meritorious Artiste of Russia, State Duma deputy

The speakers presented the Russian strand at the Silk Road film festival and described the process of film selection and the response of the Chinese censors.

The new programme was a follow-up on last year's classic programme titled Laurels of Russian Cinema and the Eternal Flame Russian-Chinese exchange festival, held in 2015, which kicked off the joint projects of Gosfilmofond of Russia, the Film Archive of China and the Timchenko Foundation. Vasily Shilnikov, head of copyright and related rights at Gosfilm[o]fond Russia, offered the following comments on the Russian strand 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. I am confident that such exchange projects facilitate mutual understanding between our great peoples and are of great interest to the viewers in China and Russia alike.”

Kirill Razlogov, as an official spokesman for MIFF, gave a detailed description of the selected films and their salient characteristics, as well as saying that The Icebreaker was shortlisted by the festival organizers for the competition. He believes that the film appealed to the organizers by its portrayal of modernity without forgetting the past – it is this formula that is currently popular in China.

A retrospective programme at the festival was presented by Yelena Drapeko, a legendary Soviet actress, who starred in the film The Dawns Here Are Quiet. The film will also be screened as part of a special strand of the Silk Road festival.

In commenting on the film's popularity with the Chinese audience, Yelena Drapeko said that China lost 31m people in World War II, and the film, besides its artistic and cinematographic merits, fell into fertile ground: China remembers and honours the female regiment; it has been the subject of an opera and dramatic productions.

Maria Morozova, general director of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, said that charities and non-profits cooperate in international projects designed to promote dialogue between ordinary people. Cinema is the most mainstream, popular and user-friendly form of art, which is quick to respond to changes in human life and helps to understand it, said Maria Morozova. She stressed that the Timchenko Foundation does projects in coordination with Chinese partners in the areas of Culture and Sports.

The Silk Road festival, which was introduced by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China in 2014, is being held this year in Fuzhou between 28 November and 3 December. 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. The festival's 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.


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