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35th Moscow International Film Festival, 2013

Memories They Told Me
"Memories They Told Me" (Pietro Marcello)

Hardly anything in Russia happens on small scale, and the Moscow International Film Festival certainly aims high also. Driving into town from the airport, you could not mistake Moscow for a timid city, with its countless monumental edifices and gigantic statues, remnants from Soviet times, reminding visitors of the country's troubled past." History is inscribed everywhere in Moscow, and the city's international film festival, this year in its 35th edition (June 20-29), ranks among the oldest film festivals of its kind inthe world. But from its first edition in 1935, with a jury headed by Sergei Eisenstein, MIFF has undergone startling transformations.

The fact that the fest kicked off with Marc Forster's World War Z was perhaps an advanced advertisement for similarly big-budgeted Russians productions soon in the local theatres, Fedor Bondarchuk's World War Two epic Stalingrad, Russia's first-ever IMAX 3D production (to bereleased Oct. 10), can only be helped by the Moscow Fest's conscious promotion of national cinema, not only screenings of eight films about Stalingrad alone but having a sidebar called the Russian Cinema Program displaying 25 full-length current Russian features. Unfortunately, those films were practically inaccessible to a wider international audience, as they were screened without subtitles.

The main body ofthe festival is constituted of three official competitions, the feature filmcompetition (comprising 16 titles), the documentary and the short film competition. The FIPRESCI jury judged the feature film competition and gave its award to the Brazilian film, Memories They Told Me (A Memóriaque me Contam) by Lúcia Murat.

In its out of competition sections, the festival this year offered, among others, a Korean Cinema Showcase and a selection of Portuguese films in the sidebar Portugal Euphoria; the festival retrospectives werededicated to Swiss director Ursula Meier, Costa-Gavras, Bernardo Bertolucci and Aleksei Balabanov.

Also, becoming a regular institution at the MIFF, the three-day Moscow Business Square offered major pitching events aimed at Eastern Europe's film industry. (Alexandra Zawia)

Moscow (Russia, International Film Festival, June 20-29, 2013). Prize: Memories They Told Me (A memória que me contam) by Lúcia Murat (Brazil, 2012), shown in competition. Jury: Gerald M. Peary, USA, president ("Boston Phoenix"), Alexandra Zawia, Austria ("Wiener Zeitung"), Cristina Corciovescu, Romania ("Bucarest Hebdo"), Hans-Joachim Schlegel, Germany ("Berliner Zeitung"), Sergei Anashkin, Russia ("Iskusstvo Kino"). World Sales: Taiga Filmes (São João Batista Street, 86A | #5 – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil, 22270030), Tel / Fax: 55 21 2537 0651, 55 21 2579 3895 / 2579 3951, Cell: 55 21 8169 4637e, e-mail:,, Skype: taiga.filmes, web: Facebook:


Four Women, Same Dream. Cristina Corciovescu reviewed the FIPRESCI Prize winner Memories They Told Me (A memória que me contam) directed by Lúcia Murat. arrow.
Back to the Soviet. With Rosie, Matterhorn, and FIPRESCI-Prize-winner Memories They Told Me, the 35th Moscow International Film Festival screened three gay-themed films in its international competition program. Alexandra Zawia's report. arrow.
Baha'i Baha'i Love. The 35th Moscow Film Film Festival brought in Mohsen Makhmalbaf as President of the Main Competition Jury, in conjunction with the publication in Russia of a 350-page book on the filmmaking Makhmalbaf family by the respected critic, Guinara Abokeyeva. In return, the Moscow Fest was offered, for its Russian premiere, the new film, The Gardener, a collaboration of Makhmalbaf with his filmmaker son, Maysam. Gerald Peary's report. arrow.
Problems and Hopes. It's quite a long time since 1935, when the great Sergey Eisenstein was the jury-president of the 1th Moscow International Film Festival. Not difficult, to imagine, how he would react on the fact, that this years' 35th MIFF (20-29th June, 2013) was opened with Marc Forsters World War Z (USA, 2013), a special trivial Hollywood-blockbuster. Hans-Joachim Schlegel's impressions. arrow.



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bullet. Four Women, Same Dream
bullet. Back to the Soviet
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