Festival of Italian Cinema: Venice to Moscow

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The Festival of Italian Cinema: Venice to Moscow will officially open on Monday in Moscow presenting a selection of contemporary Italian films over one week. This is the third year the festival will take place and the films shown will all be Italian films shown previously at the Venice Film Festival.

Organized by the Institute of Italian Culture, the festival brings films to Moscow in order to try and spread the word about new Italian films. At the conclusion of the weeklong event, there will be a special screening of several Russian movies, including a series of films by Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner and director Alexander Sokurov.

The Venice Film Festival’s managing director, Luigi Cuciniello said, “There is a long, historical connection between Italy and Russia in the field of cinema. There was always a strong link of artistic influences despite huge political differences. I feel that both countries have always shared a similar vision of the artistic value of cinema.”

Naum Kleiman, the festival curator and manager of the Moscow State Central Cinema Museum added, “Compared to Cannes and Berlin, the Venice Film Festival is about new talent. We want to lend a helping hand to directors who may find it hard to get their films shown here.”

Actors and directors will flying in from Italy to give speeches and hold discussions about their entries in part to see how Russian audiences react to their movies compared to the reaction they received back home.

Source: The Moscow Times

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