Moscow International Film Festival Announces Jury and Films (ENG/RU)

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On April 6, the first official press conference of the 43rd Moscow International Film Festival, which will take place from 22 to 29 April, was held at the Moscow hotel "standard" where Jury and Films were announced.

It was attended by: program director of the Moscow International Film Festival, film critic Kirill Razlogov, director of public relations of the festival Pyotr Shepotinnik, curator of the Free Thought program and the Documentary Film Competition Grigory Libergal, chairman of the selection committee of the Moscow International Film Festival Andrei Plakhov, member of the selection committee Evgenia Tirdatova and general director Moscow International Film Festival Natalya Semina.

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At the press conference, the jury members of the festival were announced, as well as the films included in the main competition and the documentary film competition. In addition, details of out-of-competition programs have become known.

Talking about what the 43rd Moscow International Film Festival will be like, Kirill Razlogov noted that it will be held in the same mode as a year ago: a significant part will be organized offline, but some of the films will be presented online by their creators. The Rospotrebnadzor restrictions on occupancy, as well as on the entrance to cinemas and stay at the festival sites, will also remain.

The jury of the main competition of the MIFF this year included Filipino film director, cameraman and producer Briyante Mendoza (chairman of the jury), Brazilian director Karim Ainuz , Serbian actor Milos Bikovich , Russian composer Yuri Poteeenko , director and screenwriter Nigina Sayfullaeva (Russia).

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The festival will be opened by Timur Bekmambetov's war film " Devyatayev " about the feat of the Soviet pilot Mikhail Devyatayev. The main roles in the film were played by Pavel Priluchny, Pavel Chinarev, Alexey Filimonov, Daria Zlatopolskaya and others.

Introducing the chairman of the main jury of the Moscow International Film Festival, Kirill Razlogov pointed out that Mendoza is one of the largest Filipino directors. “He is one of the brightest representatives of the new Filipino cinema,” he said.

Then he, together with Pyotr Shepotinnik and Andrey Plakhov, announced the participants in the main competition.




BLUE HEART (CORAZÓN AZUL / BLUE HEART, directed by Miguel Coyula

WELD OF THE SEA (EL VENTER DEL MAR / THE BELLY OF THE SEA), director Agusti Villaronga, Spain

SON (PESAR / THE SON), director Nushin Meraji, Iran

INDIFFERENTI / THE TIME OF INDIFFERENCE, director: Leonardo Guerra Seranoli, Italy

LAST "DEAR BULGARIA", director: Alexey Fedorchenko, Russia

OH (HAN / HIM), directed by Guro Bruusgaard, Norway, Sweden


WOMEN (ON'NA-TACHI / THE WOMEN), directed by Nobuteru Uchida, Japan

UN DESTELLO INTERIOR / THE INNER GLOW, directors: Andres Eduardo Rodriguez, Luis Alejandro Rodriguez, Venezuela

#ZASRANKA (#DOGPOOPGIRL), director Andrei Khutsulyak, Romania

MAN OF GOD (O ANTHROPOS TOU THEOU / MAN OF GOD), director: Elena Popovich, Greece.

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The jury of the documentary film competition included producer, teacher and screenwriter Dorota Rozhkovskaya (chairman of the jury, Poland), film critic Lev Karakhan (Russia), director Atanas Georgiev (Macedonia).

“The documentary program follows our tradition, only this time we will have nine films in the competition. The pictures of promising debutants and those whom we know well, those who have already attended the festival are evenly mixed, ”said Grigory Liebergal, presenting the documentary film program.


AMUR GOLGOTHA, director Yulia Sergina, Russia

DUROV / DUROV, director Rodion Chepel, Russia

DEALING WITH DEATH, directed by Paul Ritger, Netherlands

HERE WE BALDE, HERE WE HAVE / HERE WE MOVE HERE WE GROOVE, director Sergei Kreso, Netherlands

SABAYA, directed by Hogir Hirori, Sweden


140 KILOMETERS WEST OF PARADISE / A DISTANT THUD IN THE JUNGLE, directed by Celine Rouzet, France-Belgium

BLUES FOR TEHRAN / TEHRAN BLUES, directed by Javier Tolentino, Spain

CAPTAINS OF ZA'ATARI, director Ali Elarabi, Egypt


The jury members of the short film were producer and film critic Natalya Mokritskaya , director Denesh Nagy (Hungary), actor Kais Nasef (Israel, Palestine)

In addition to the previously announced out-of-competition programs, the MIFF will also host a retrospective of films dedicated to the centenary of the birth of Simone Signoret and Yves Montana. In addition, the audience of the 43rd Moscow Film Festival will have a rare opportunity to see the work of the outstanding director and teacher Alexander Sokurov and appreciate the films made in his new workshop.

This year there will also be a separate program dedicated to the "female" cinema of China and Israel.

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Festival partners

The jewelry company Mercury is once again becoming a partner of the Moscow International Film Festival, continuing the tradition of supporting the most significant cultural events in Russia, including projects in the field of cinema.

The jewelry company Mercury produced the main prizes of the film festival - these are statuettes depicting St. George riding a silver horse, striking a dragon with a spear. The figure of the "Golden St. George" is made of gilded silver, and the figure of the "Silver St. George" is made of silver. The base of the statuette is made of serpentine stone with a gold Mercury logo on it.

"Golden Saint George" is awarded for the best film in the competition program and for his contribution to world cinema. Laureates in seven nominations will be awarded the Silver Saint George.

As a sign of respect and recognition of the special role of the chairman of the jury of the Moscow International Film Festival, the jewelry company Mercury made a chain with three gilded silver medallions, demonstrating the main symbols of Moscow - the Spasskaya Tower, St. Basil's Cathedral and St. George.

The original design is awarded a special prize for conquering the heights of acting and loyalty to the principles of the school of KS Stanislavsky “I Believe. Konstantin Stanislavsky ".

The jewelry brand Mercury is known for its elegant and classic jewelry design, high quality gemstones with international certification, and skillful work of jewelers. All Mercury jewelry is made of gold and precious stones: diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The brand's collection contains unique gemstones and high jewelery pieces that it is proud of. All stones are internationally certified and come with a Mercury Certificate of Authenticity.

Video service START is a partner of the Moscow International Film Festival this year

The video service of exclusive online premieres START offers original TV series and films in Russian by subscription to users all over the world. All films and series on START are available anywhere in the world without ads and additional payments, in Full HD and 4K quality, on all platforms, including the START.RU website, mobile devices and Smart TVs. Owners of iOS and Android devices can download the content they like and enjoy it on the road, even without Internet access. New users have 7 days of free access. The service was founded by the studio Yellow, Black and White.

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