St. Petersburg Kinoforum Selects 'Best of the Best' for Competition Lineup

"Nader and Simin, a Separation"
Courtesty of Berlinale 2011

Event's main program showcases winning films from previous festivals like "Nader and Simin, A Separation" (pictured) and "She Monkeys."

The St. Petersburg International Film Festival Kinoforum unveiled a competition lineup put together with films that make up the creme de la creme of the international film festival circuit over the past year.

Called the Best of the Best, the main program will consist of seven films that were award winners at other festivals during the past season. The other competition category is called New Territories and includes 10 premieres that represent the cinema of China, France, Iran, Russia, USA, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Croatia and Sri Lanka.

The festival, in its second year, runs from July 10-15 and includes programs for young filmmakers as well as nine non-competitive programs that run the gamut of terrorism to animation to autism.

The festival's stated mission is to use film to create a forum for people to come together and discuss "the most important issues of modern life." Through cinema "a person reveals his soul, often becomes more noble, wise, merciful, starts to better understand other peoples and sees other people's eyes in a different way," said Kinoforum president Alexy German said. "It is in this way that the St. Petersburg Film Festival is destined to unveil the world around for many people. It is as important as life itself."

Russian director Alexandre Sokurov will head up the Youth Campus Metropolis, a new project that aspires to be a "cinema school" for 200 young would-be filmmakers. "...I have already seen works in 'Metropolis' that demonstrate artistic talent," Sokurov said. "And in that sense such training for young filmmakers during the film festival is the first step in the long path that they undertake"

The Kinoforum is a public program that includes outdoor concerts. On July 11 at 6 p.m., a concert will be held in the Alexander Garden, and Music on the Water is scheduled for July 14 from 2-10 p.m. at the aquatorium of the Neva movie theater.

Competition films are:

Best of the Best

Eliza K., directors, Judith Colell, Jordi Cadena; Cast: Aina Clotet, Claudia Pons, Lidia Zimmermann, Hans Richter, Jordi Garcia. Spain 2010. Festival history, San Sebastian, 2010 - Official Section

Curling, dir., Denis Cote; Cast: Emmanuil Bilodo, Filomin Bilodo, Rock Lafortune, Sophie Desmaray, Muriel Dutil, Ani Pasqual Robitail, Joan Haberlin. Canada, 2010. Festival history, Locarno, 2010 – best director, best actor

She Monkeys (Apflickorna), dir., Lisa Aschan; Cast: Mathilda Paradiser, Linda Molin, Isabella Lindquist, Sergej Merkusjev, Adam Lundgen, Sigmund Hovind, Maria Hedborg, Sweden, 2011, Festival history, Berlinale 2011, Generation program; Tribeca Film Festival – best film; Main prize at the Goteborg Film Festival

Por el Camino (Beyond the road), dir., Charly Braun ; Cast: Hugo Arias, Naomi Campbell, Esteban Feune de Colombi, Guilmerina Ginle, Jill Mallidi. Brazil, 2010

Nader and Simin, a Separation, dir., Asghar Farhadi; Cast: Peiman Ma'adi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat. Iran, 2011; Berlinale 2011 -- Golden Bear, prize for acting ensemble

Just Between Us, dir., Rajko Grlić ; Cast: Miki Manojlovic, Kresimir Mikic, Ksenija Marinkovic, Daria Lorenci; Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, 2010; Karlovy Vary, best director

Oki's Movie, dir., Hong Sang-soo; Cast: Yu-mi Jeong, Seon-gyun Lee, Mun Son-Kyn, Son Ki-Hyon, So Yon-Hva, Chon Chzi-He, Bek Chun-Rim; South Korea, 2010, Venice Film Festival

More festival and jury lineups follow the jump.

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