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Russia erupted at the Cannes Film Festival

May 16 2007

Today at the French Palace of Congresses on the Croisette opens the 60 th Cannes Film Festival. A place of honor movie which opens the festival, won the first English-language film of the famous Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry eyes, which a month ago was in a stage production that the director had promised to complete by 16 May. For the first time with a 94-year in the competition will take part at once two Russian films - "Alexandra" by Alexander Sokurov, and "The Banishment" by Andrei Zvyagintsev. "Exile" will be shown to the press tomorrow and after tomorrow will be its official world premiere. At the same time, Sokurov is the fifth time will participate in the Cannes Film Festival. Previously there have been shown his films "Father and Son," "Russian Ark", "Taurus" and "Moloch".

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Directed by Alexander, Herman Jr., who has had success in another prestigious Venice Film Festival, commented on the participation of Russian films in the main program: "The rise of domestic film in many respects - a phantom. Now we hear on every street corner, they say, viewers are increasingly watching Russian movies. However, the situation is actually not so rosy. "

"We all know how rare the last years, our films were taken in the Berlin program or the same at the Cannes Film Festival, how long Russian paintings participated in the race for Oscar. And the current hit two Russian paintings in the competition Canna should not be considered a breakthrough. Undoubtedly, this event - the beautiful, wonderful, but, nevertheless, does not reflect the real success of the film industry. This, unfortunately, a single factor "- he added.

This year's jury headed by full-length films directed by Stephen Frears - author of the famous film "The Queen", which became in the last year in the UK a major box office success. In addition to his jury was a Turkish writer and Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk, the Australian actress Toni Collette, Italian film director Marco Belochio, French film director Michel Piccoli and others.

French Film Festival will celebrate its anniversary special film "To Each His Own Cinema" - in its creation was attended by 35 renowned directors, including Andrei Konchalovsky, Takeshi Kitano, Roman Polanski, David Krenenberg, Aki Kaurismaki, Wim Wenders and Lars von Trier. Each of them took a 3-minute film on the cinema. The premiere of the film take place May 20 at the French Riviera, as well as the air French television channel Canal +.

To participate in the program film festival this year claimed 3,983 films from 111 countries, of whom 1,615 were full-length film.

But in the end, after a careful selection into the program got 20 films. 3 of them were French: "Songs of Love" (Les chansons d'amour) by Christophe Honore, "The old mistress" (Une vielle maitresse) Catherine Bray and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Le scaphandre et le papillon) Julian Schnabel. And from other countries were represented by films such as "Promise me this" (Zavet, or Promise Me This) Emir Kusturica's "Death Proof" (Death Proof) by Quentin Tarantino, "Paranoid Park" (Paranoid Park) Gus van Sant, " No country for old men "(No Country for Old Men) Coen Brothers, Breathe (Breaf) Kim Ki-Duk and others.

program of student works will be presented to a film student at VGIK Alexander Kyugelya "Negligence". The competition program of short films in the Russian film-makers this year is not involved.

The traditional lesson of cinema in this year's Cannes winner teach branches and Oscar Martin Scorsese. Acting lessons give Sergio Kastellito.

Russian films are not included in the basic program in the past year, but the movie "997" talented young Russian director Nikolai Khomeriki was presented under the "Certain Regard".

Jubilee Festival will be held on the Cote d'Azur, from 16 to 27 May.

Oleg Adamowicz


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