The 20th Window to Europe film festival opened in Vyborg
One of the leading festivals of Russian cinema “Window to Europe” which is traditionally held in Vyborg was opened on Sunday. This year Cinematography Forum led by its president Armen Medvedev and the head producer Gevorg Nersisyan celebrates 20th anniversary.
During the 20 years of its existence the festival has introduced audience to all kinds of cinematography featuring 3 independent programs of feature films, documentaries and animation. It has shown film premieres of famous directors as well as young authors, who have today become well-known cinematographers.
One-of-a-kind competition was established in Vyborg called “Vyborg count”. The winner of this competition is chosen by all the participants, guests and audience of the festival by putting their vote on a special form, which they get before the film begins. The prize “Golden Shallop” is awarded to the winner and is considered a top prize of the Vyborg Cinema Forum.
Earlier festival director Tatiana Sergiyenko told RIA Novosti that this year the festival would continue to concentrate on works of young film-makers.
“The film “6” based on the book of Strugatsky brothers, diploma project of VGIK graduate Timur Shin, will compete in the feature film program. Famous theater director Vladimir Pankov, the founder of SounDrama studio, will present his debut film “Doctor”. – said Sergiyenko.
According to the festival program director among the directors presenting their debut films will be Sonya Karpunina with the film “It’s easy”, Georgyi Paradzhanov with the film “Everybody left”, Vyacheslav Yakovlev with the film “5 stars” staring popular actresses Elena Yakovleva and Tatiyana Lyutaeva, Sergey Komarov with the film “Conversation”. Famous director Vitalyi Mel’nikov will present his film “The Admirer” in the feature film program. The film stars famous theater and cinema actors Oleg Tabakov, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Kiril Pirogov and Alexey Devotchenko. Films such as “Nightingale the Robber” by Yegor Baranov (screenplay by Ivan Khlobyistin), “Shopping tour” by Mikhail Brashinskyi and “Entropy” by Mariya Saakyan will also be shown in the feature film program.
The festival was opened with the film “Horde” by Andrey Proshkin and will close with Rezo Gigineishvili’s “Love with an accent”.