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Pacific Meridian 10th anniversary Film Festival ambiance

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 The festival like a bridge from heart to heart; 10 years passed, everything is still ahead   The Opening Ceremony of the 10th anniversary Film Festival “Pacific Meridian” was surprisingly heartfelt, absolutely sincere. All the speakers congratulated the festival on its first and, as they pointed, not the last anniversary. Everybody was saying that: festival’s guests, spectators and even official persons. And the master of ceremony – an actor Alexander Ol...

Krakow Film Festival awards

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JURY VERDICTS   INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION   Having seen all the competition films, the International Documentary Competition Jury of the 52nd Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Jacek Bławut – the chairman (Poland), Luciano Barisone (Switzerland), Hedva Goldschmidt (Israel), Truls Lie (Norway), Peter Torbiörnsson (Sweden) have decided to award:   GOLDEN HORN for the Director of the Best Film - Peter Gerdehag, the director of WOMEN W...

IV Russian Film Festival Opens This Friday

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On Friday, 29 October, 7pm the 4th Russian Film Festival opens at the Apollo West End in London, with the UK premiere of cult director Garry Bardin's stop-motion animation, The Ugly Duckling. This year the opening film is an unconventional choice - a sparky and affecting animation with Orwellian overtones which has met with great critical acclaim in Russia. This screening is complimented by a retrospective of Bardin's work. Other highlights of the main programme include Alexei Popogre...

IV Russian Film Festival

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The Russian Film Festival returns to London this year with a great programme showcasing the latest award-winning Russian films. New Russian cinema has been commended right across the board at the world’s most prestigious international film festivals. Now we are delighted to present at the Apollo Piccadilly a panorama of the best Russian films introduced by the creators themselves. All films are shown with English subtitles. The main festival programme features this year’s ten be...

IV Russian Film Festival

The Russian Film Festival returns to London this year with a great programme showcasing the latest award-winning Russian films. New Russian cinema has been commended right across the board at the world's most prestigious international film festivals. Now we are delighted to present at the Apollo Piccadilly a panorama of the best Russian films introduced by the creators themselves. All films are shown with English subtitles.

The main festival programme features this year's ten best Russian films, all acclaimed at major international and Russian film festivals. These films include the controversial 'One War' by Vera Glagoleva, a moving relook at crime and punishment during the Second World War, Russia's nomination for the Oscars as well as Grand Prix winner at Sofia International Film Festival, and Svetlana Proscurina's latest thought provoking film 'The Truce', an unsettling portrayal of provincial Russia laced with humour and lyricism which won Russia's Kinotavr's main prize. Also amongst the main programme's feature films are the applauded ‘Another Sky', by Dmitry Mamulya, ‘Gastarbeiter' by Yusup Razykov and ‘Reverse Motion' by Andrey Stempkovsky, which by focusing on the theme of Central Asian workers give rise to a lasting impression of ordinary people caught between conflicts and struggling to communicate.

This year's documentary programme encapsulates the last decade in Russia, offering a window into the real Russia, with screenings of the ten finest Russian documentary films, one for each year. This definitive selection is presented by the great director and documentary maker, Vitaly Mansky, president of Russia's ArtDocFest.

In addition to the main programme and documentaries, the Russian Film Festival is showing a comprehensive and diverse programme of animation ready to enchant adults and children alike with its charm and imagination. Among the feature length animations, the festival is proud to include the captivating ‘Little Tragedies', based on Alexander Pushkin's verses and master animator Garri Bardin's ‘The Ugly Duckling', a children's stop-motion animated film with Orwellian overtones deemed so politically subversive it was banned from showing on Russian television.  

Over the course of four years the Russian Film Festival has become a calendar event not only for film lovers but also for industry members. The festival is now an important platform in London for professional communication between Russian and British filmmakers, thanks to the series of industry talks and roundtables organised alongside the screenings.

The Russian Film Festival is organised with the support of the Russian Embassy.

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If you would like a CD with low-res images from all the main films, please contact press@academia-rossica.org. High-res images are available to download on our website. We can also supply audio and video clips from many of the films. Please do get in touch for any other information or requests.

 

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Apollo West End Cinema, 19 Regent Street, St James's, London SW1Y 4LR, info and tickets: 0871 220 6000; http://www.apollocinemas.co.uk/

Rotterdam Fest line up

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For its 38th edition, the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009 will present 43 world premieres as well as 35 international and 34 European premieres of feature length films. A strong year for Eastern European film is led by ROOM AND A HALF, a fictional biopic about poet Joseph Brodsky by Andrey Khrzhanovsky; MORPHIA, Alexei Balabanov’s latest film, based on a M. Bulgakov adaptation by the late Sergei Bodrov Jr. and acclaimed Armenian director Harutyun Khachatryan’s BORDER. Throughout t...

2nd Russian Film Festival in London

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2nd Russian Film Festival will run 18 – 29 September, 2008The official full programme including times and dates for the 2nd Russian Film Festival has been announced! Academia Rossica and Sovexportfilm are proud to present 10 theatrical premiers of the award-winning Russian films produced in 2007-2008. Leading directors and actors will be introducing their films, participating in Q&A sessions and offering master-classes. The main programme will be complemented by a series of documentaries, ...

Denmark Sweeps IDFA Awards

Monday, December 4---- The 19th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) came to a rousing end on Saturday evening, with the awarding of the IDFA prizes in a number of categories. Films from Denmark made a remarkably strong showing, winning several major prizes at the Awards Ceremony held at De Zwijger, an Amsterdam hotspot. The VPRO Joris Ivens Award for the best long documentary was presented to Danish director Pernille Rose Grønkjær for her documentary THE ...

Denmark Sweeps IDFA Awards

Monday, December 4---- The 19th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) came to a rousing end on Saturday evening, with the awarding of the IDFA prizes in a number of categories. Films from Denmark made a remarkably strong showing, winning several major prizes at the Awards Ceremony held at De Zwijger. The VPRO Joris Ivens Award for the best long documentary was presented to Danish director Pernille Rose Grønkjær for her documentary THE MONASTERY--MR. VIG &...
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