St. Petersburg Kinoforum Selects 'Best of the Best' for Competition Lineup
Event's main program showcases winning films from previous festivals like "Nader and Simin, A Separation" (pictured) and "She Monkeys."
Black Blood, dir., Miaoyan Zhang; Cast: Danhyi Mao, Mengjuan Liu, Jingjing; China, France, 2010
Gesher, dir., Vahid Vakilifar,; Cast: Khossein Farzizade, Gobad Rakhmaninassab, Abdulrassul Dariapejma; Iran, 2010
Littlerock, dir., Mike Ott ; Cast: Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Loler, Rintaro Sawamoto, Brett L. Tinnes, Roberto Sanchez, Matthew Fling, Ryan Dillon, Markiss McFadden, Sean Neff; U.S., 2010
Truth About Men, dir., Nikolaj Arcel; Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Tuva Novotny, Lars Mikkelsen, Kim Bodnia, Nicolas Bro, Signe Egholm Olsen; Denmark, 2010
Tribeca Film Festival winner "She Monkeys."
Burnface, dir., Lluis Galter; Cast: Lluis Soler, Aina Calpe, Domenec Bautista, Andrea Carandel, Carles Garcia-Llido; Spain, 2010
Out of Love, dir., Ania Jadowska; Cast: Marta Nieradkiewicz, Wojciech Niemczyk, Daniel Olbrychski, Ewa Szykulska, Anna Ilchuk, Elizabeta Gruza, Mihal Gzibovsky, Silvester Jakimov, Leshek Lihota; Poland, 2010
The Show Must Go On, dir., Nevio Marasović; Cast: Sven Medvešek, Nataša Dorčić, Filip Juričić, Amar Bukvić, Franka Klarić; Croatia, 2010
Pechorin, dir., Roman Khrusch; Cast: Stanislav Ryadinsky, Dmitry Podnozov, Ilya Scherbinin, Irina Savitskova, Alexander Korshunov, Klavdia Korshunova, Mikhail Evlanov, Barbara Sudets, Roxana Kadyrova, Sergey Solonitsyn; Russia, 2011
Flying Fish, dir., Sanjeewa Pushpakumara; Cast: Chaminda Sampath Jayaweera, Gayesha Perera, Rathnayaka Marasinghe, Siththi Mariyam, Sanjeewa Dissanayake, Sumathy Sivamohan, Kaushalya Fernando, Nilanka Dahanayake, Thissa Bandaranayaka, Wasanthy Ranwala, Mohammed Ali Rajabdeen
The Lord's Ride, dir., Jean-Charles Hue; Cast: Frederic Dorkel, Joseph Dorkel, Michael Dauber; France, 2010
Best of the Best
Chairman: Rustam Ibragimbekov, Russia. Azerbaijan National Writer, Honored Arts Worker of Azerbaijan. Honored Arts Worker of Russia, professor, recipient of State awards;
Jurors: Marina Zhigalova-Okzan, Russia, CEO of the Walt Disney Co. CIS; Vadim Zakharov, Germany, painter. Kandinsky Award recipient; Tatiana Tarasova, Russia, honored coach of the Russian Federation. Honored Arts Worker of Russia; Valery Kogan, Canada, President of Toronto Russian Film Festival, Member of the Russian Cinema Club Federation; Svetlana Sorokina, Russia, Television journalist. Member of the Russian Television Academy, three times "TEFI" award recipient.
Chairman: Ulrich Gregor, Germany, film expert, founder of Berlin Film Festival Forum
Jurors: Dinara Drukarova, France, actress, Cesar award and European Film Award recipient; Jos Stelling, the Netherlands, director/screenwriter, Biennale Creators' Prize recipient; Gregoire Colin, France, actor, Locarno Film Festival Special Prize recipient; Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Iceland, director/screenwriter/actor, award recipient at festivals in Edinburgh and Troy.
Unknown Cinema of the Neutrals: The best non-commercial films of the last decade selected by the young Russian film critics.
Relevant Cinema: Presented by the "Cinema ready to explode" program which summarizes the results of the first decade of the "Age of Terrorism" that started Sept. 11, 2001. Olivier Assayas' Carlos will be shown for the first time in Russia in this program. The film's producer Daniel Leconte will attend the festival.
Kinotavr presents: A unique opportunity to watch the best recent Russian films awarded at the "KiInotavr" film festival.
Retrospective Program: Dedicated to the work of Marlen Khutsiyev, Alexander Rekhviashvili, Naomi Kavase, and Denis Cote.
Geography of the Cinema. Northern Light: About the relationships between a man and the city environment. The special event of this program will be Leningrad Retrospective, a 13-hour film by Alexandre Sokurov. This film was shown just a few times, and never in Russia.
In Contact with Another. Autism: Three films about people who suffer from "autism."
Wind from the East: A program with an Asian flair designed for cinema-addicts.
Animation Night: An evening of animation put on by Disney.
Italian Mosaic: A retrospective of films that represent Italian cinema. The main idea of the project was to show Italian cinema "on the other side" of neorealism when major film directors turned to social comedy