Moscow to Launch First-Ever Red Square Screenings

Moscow Red Square - P 2012

Moscow Red Square - P 2012

The event aims to promote Russian movies internationally.

MOSCOW -- On Oct. 15, the inaugural edition of Red Square Screenings, a new program aimed at showcasing the Russian cinema for the international film community, organized by the Russian Cinema Fund, is to kick off at the GUM Movie Hall in the heart of Moscow.

Over the course of a four-day event, about 50 films made in Russia over the last two years are to be screened. The program’s highlights include Kirill Serebrennikov’s Izmena (Betrayal), which was recently premiered at the Venice International Film Festival; Sergei Loznitsa’s V Tumane (In the Fog), a participant in the official selection at Cannes this year; Pavel Ruminov’s Ya Budu Ryadom (I’ll Be Around), the winner of the main prize at this year’s edition of the major Russian film fest Kinotavr, and Karen Shakhnazarov’s Bely Tigr (White Tiger), Russia’s entry in the foreign language Oscar race.

Also, Red Square Screenings is to feature a Works-in-Progress section, organized in partnership with the CentEast Film Market. Among the movies to be included in the section are Oleg Stepchenko’s Viy 3D, Alexander Veledinsky’s Geograf Globus Propil (The Geographer Drank His Globe Away), and the animated film Snezhnaya Koroleva (The Snow Queen) by Maxim Sveshnikov and Vlad Barbe.

According to Yelena Romanova, head of the Cinema Fund’s international department, Red Square Screenings is a new logical step in the organization’s work aimed at promoting Russian films internationally. “It was crucial for us to create a comfortable and up-to-date platform where our colleagues from different countries could familiarize themselves in detail with Russian cinema in all its variety,” she said in a statement.

“I truly hope that RSS will become an important date in the international film market calendar for our colleagues all over the world,” added Yevgeny Gindilis, Red Square Screenings’ executive director.

Red Square Screenings is to close on October 18 with the screening of Boris Khlebnikov’s film Poka Noch Ne Razluchit (Till Night Do Us Part).