European Oscar Nominated-Films to be Screened to Russian Audiences

European Film Promotion showcase in St. Petersburg is designed to widen audience for continent's films.

Audiences in St. Petersburg are being given a chance to see a handpicked selection of Oscar submissions next month at European Film Promotion's third annual Russian showcase, Westwind.

The event, designed to help support the promotion of European films in Russia, includes for the first time a VOD festival to widen its scope.

In addition a program of cinema screenings of nine films at St. Petersburg's renowned Hotel Angleterre, a further 26 films -- all of which have been nominated in past years for best foreign language Oscar -- will be available for the next 12 months for wider audiences on ivi, Russia's most popular online cinema.

The showcase, which for the past two years has been presented in Moscow, opens October 21 for a five-day run.

Films in the program include Youth by Paolo Sorrentino; his previous film, The Great Beauty, which won an Oscar in 2014, will be available on the VOD platform.

Other films in the progamme include Spanish comedy Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, Irish drama The Gift and Swiss docu-fiction, The Circle.

"EFP wants to continue the dialogue with Russian audiences”, EFP managing director Renate Rose said.

“However, we have modified our concept to take account of the difficult situation faced by the theatrical distribution of European films in Russia. The two-track approach of an online programme of European films - in partnership with Russia's leading VoD platform ivi - and the presentation of European films in St. Petersburg will make Westwind into a special endeavour for reaching out to a larger audience."

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