A festival of five classical and contemporary Russian films will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on March 16 to 20 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of the Philippines on June 2 next year.
The Russian Film Festival 2010 is a joint undertaking of Mosfilm Studios, Russia’s biggest filmmaker, the Embassy of the Russian Federation, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the CCP and the Philippines-Russia Friendship Society.
Described as a major cultural event that will bring to the Philippines the best of Russian cinema today, the filmfest will feature the following films: Ward No. 6, Vanished Empire, The Star, Mirror and Agony.
Ward No. 6 will be the opening film which will be screened at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) on Tuesday, March 16. Shot in a novel semi-documentary manner, the film was based on a short story of Anton Chekhov whose 150th birthday is being celebrated this year. Ward No 6 is hailed as the most pessimistic and also the most life-asserting work of Chekhov.
Ward No. 6 is Russia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Oscar Awards. The film boasts several significant awards so far, including:
The best director award for Karen Shakhnazarov, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Mosfilm Studios, at the National Golden Eagle Award 2010 (Moscow)
The best actor award for Vladimir Ilyin (Dr. Ragin) at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival.
Ward No. 6 has won several awards in international film festivals around the world.
The opening of the Russian Film Festival will coincide with the opening of photo exhibition to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Victory in the Second World War to which the Soviet Union made tremendous contribution.
Another festival film is The Star, a dramatic and highly tense action movie about young Soviet soldiers perishing during the Second World War.
Regular film screenings will be held at the CCP Dream Theater on March 17-20 free of charge. The Russian Film Festival will also be brought to Cebu at a later date. For more information, please call the CCP Film Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1705.
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