Moscow fest adds market, co-production forum

32nd edition runs June 17-26

MOSCOW -- The 32nd edition of the Moscow International Film Festival, which kicks off on June 17, is to be accompanied by a film market and a co-production forum this year.

The festival's selection committee must have responded to criticism following last year's event, which gave all the main prizes to local movies, with only one film in the official program representing Russia, "Vorobey" (Sparrow), the debut feature by established documentary filmmaker Yuri Shiller.

The other 16 films competing for the main prize, which is to be handed out on June 26, come mostly from Central and Eastern Europe. The majority of the directors are little known to regular festival audience, with the exception of Hungarian director Marta Meszaros who is presenting her most recent feature, "The Last Report on Anna."

The jury is presided this year by French director and producer Luc Besson and also includes Austrian producer Veit Heiduschka, Lithuanian director Sharunas Bartas, Chilean actress Catalina Saavedra and her Russian colleague Maria Mironova.

For the first time this year, the MIFF Business Square is to be held in Moscow at the time of the festival, scheduled to run from June 18 to 20 and featuring a co-production forum, a film forum of BRIC countries and the First Moscow International Film Market.

Both the opening and closing night films of the festival are coming from France, "What Love May Bring" by Claude Lelouche and "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec" by Luc Besson, respectively.