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Moscow International Film Festival 2012

"A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards" (Stefano Sollima)

34th Moscow International Film Festival. In its 34th year, the traditional and highly prestigious Moscow International Film Festival is still Russia's main cinematic event and its only 'A' category film festival. Stars like Helen Mirren and Catherine Deneuve attended the festival. In the competition section we could find well-known international filmmakers such as Academy Award-winning Hungarian director Istvan Szabo and Turkish born Italian Ferzan Ozpetek. The eclectic competition section contained 19 movies including a Spanish 3D animation movie (O Apostolo by Fernando Cortizo) and also a traditional Russian historical drama (The Horde (Orda) by Andrei Proshkin). Aside from the main section, there was an interesting retrospective section including tributes to Brazil director Hector Babenco (who was the chairman of the grand jury this year in Moscow) and Ernst Lubitsch. The Special Program of German cinema (10 Decades Of German Cinema) was simply amazing and not just for cinephiles. Our jury judged the official competition selection and the FIPRESCI prize was awarded to Italian A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards directed by Stefano Sollima. The film is about controversial Italian riot cops who we can see in action and off duty. The jury praised it for the contemporary issues it addresses with such objectivity. A.C.A.B. successfully balanced the different sides and was able to keep distance from its subject, without becoming manipulative. It has an outlook not confined to Italy as other countries are also suffering similar conflicts. A.C.A.B. has a hyperrealist style, with exceptional use of handheld camera. It could be a coincidence, but it's remarkable that the Russian film critics also awarded A.C.A.B. (György Kárpáti)

34th Moscow International Film Festival, Russia, June 21-30, 2012 FIPRESCI Prize. Prize: A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards by Stefano Sollima (Italy, 2012, 112 mins, 35mm). Jury: György Kárpáti, president (Hungary), Lotfi Ben Khelifa (Tunisia), Leif Joley (Sweden), Frédéric Ponsard (France), Alexey Gusev (Russia). Production: Cattleya, Babe Film, Rai Cinema. Sales: Elle Driver, 66 rue de Miromesnil, 75008 Paris, France, Tel. +33 1 56 43 48 70, Fax. +33 1 45 61 46 08, e-mail:,


Asian Films in Moscow. Aijaz Gul reviewed the Asian films at 34th Moscow Film Festival. arrow.
Magnificent Presence. Lotfi Ben Khelifa admired Ferzan Ozpetek's latest movie Magnificent Presence.
In the Capativity of a Profession. György Kárpáti reviewed FIPRESCI award winner Italian A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards directed by Stefano Sollima. arrow.
Fear of a Message. Alexey Gusev examines several films from the Moscow Film Festival competition and finds a common tendency of a multi-plot structure that is closely connected with the problem of a lack of definitive endings. arrow.
A Little Further East. Frédéric Ponsard examined the competition section at Moscow Film Festival. arrow.
Growing In the Wind: Despite Troubles, an Iranian Feel-Good Movie. Leif Joley examined Iranian Growing In the Wind by Rahbar Ghanbari. arrow.



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Moscow 2012

bullet. Index
bullet. Asian Films in Moscow
bullet. Magnificent Presence
bullet. In the Captivity of a Profession
bullet. Fear of a Message
bullet. A Little Further East
bullet. Growing In the Wind