St. Petersburg film forum to focus on peace

International event to be held May 2-5

MOSCOW -- To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, the government of St Petersburg is launching an international film forum, scheduled to be held in Russia's "cultural capital" from May 2-5.

The event's organizers said that the mission of the forum, which is to feature screenings, retrospectives, photography exhibitions, round-table discussions and conferences focused on war-themed cinema, is "to use the language of cinema to discuss issues of peace in the world and the improvement of relations between different generations and different cultures."

With renowned Russian film director Alexei German as the forum's president, the event is to feature the premieres of Florian Gallenberger's "John Rabe," Lancelot von Naso's "Ceasefire" and several recent Russian features.

Among the forum's guests are expected to be directors Fyodor Bondarchuk and Alexander Sokurov, actor Antonio Banderas, producer Andrew G. Vajna, actress Melanie Griffith and head of Twentieth Century Fox CIS Hans-Bodo Mueller.