'Ophelia,' 'Gaspard at the Wedding' Among Moscow Film Festival's Official Selection

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15 movies will compete for the festival's main award, the Golden St. George.

On Friday, the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), running April 19-26, unveiled its 15-movie official selection at a press conference in the Russian capital.

The list of competitors for the fest's main award, the Golden St. George, includes Bloody Richard by Italian director Roberta Torre; Soldier's Mementos by South Korea's Kim Jae-han; the French-Belgian film Gaspard at the Wedding, directed by Antony Cordier; The 12th Man by Norway's Harald Zwart; the Latvian-Lithuanian-Polish film Foam at the Mouth, directed by Janis Nords; Night God by Kazakhstan's Adilkhan Yerzhanov; Fortitude by Uzbek director Rashid Malikov; Sergio Trefaut's Rage, co-produced by Portugal, France and Brazil; Stray by New Zealand's Dustin Feneley; Ophelia by U.S. director Claire McCarthy; Without Leon by Argentine director Mercedes Laborde; Halef by Turkey's Murat Duzgunoglu; and two local films, The Lord Eagle by Eduard Novikov and Nu by Yang Ge.

Naples in Veils, by Italian director Ferzan Ozpetek, will be screened as the opening-night film.

Normally, MIFF is held in late June, but this edition was moved to April due to the soccer World Cup, which Russia is hosting.