Wednesday, June 03, 2009

31st Moscow International Film Festival

The festival will run from June 19 to 28 and here are the movies in the competition programs.

Official Competition

Beauty, Toshio Goto, Japan, 2007
Bibi, Hassan Yektapanah, Iran, 2007
ЧУДО Chudo (Miracle), Alexander Proshkin, Russia, 2008
Cinco Días Sin Nora (Five Days Without Nora aka Nora’s Will), Mariana Chenillo, México, 2008
Come Dio Comanda (As God Commads), Gabriele Salvatores, Italy, 2008
Happy New Year, Christoph Schaub, Switzerland
Jeo Nuk Ui Game (Today and the Other Days), Wee An Choi, Korea
Mala Moskwa (Little Moscow), .Waldemar Krzystek, Poland
Mediadori (The Mediator), Dito Tsintsadze, Georgia and Germany
Melodiya Dlya Sharmanki (Melody for a Barrel Organ), Kira Muratova, Ukraine
Mooki Bo’era (Burning Mooki), Lena Chaplin and Slava Chaplin, Israel
Palata Nomer 6 (Ward No. 6), Karen Shakhnazarov, Russia
Petia Po Doroge V Tsarstvie Nebesnoye (Pete on the Way to Heaven), Nilkolai Dostal, Russia
Raci (Crayfish), Ivan Tscherkelov, Bulgaria
The Missing Person, Noah Buschel, USA
Tréfa (Prank), Péter Gárdos, Hungary

Perspectives Competition

Aya Seyahat (Journey to the Moon), Kutluğ Ataman, Turkey
Bonded Parallels, Hovhannes Galstyan, Armenia, France and Norway
Die Dame Mit Dem Hündchen (Lady with the Little Dog), Julij Koltun, Germany
Dilber'in sekiz gunu (Dilber Eight Days), Cemal San, Turkey
Faasuto Sukuwaddo (The First Squad), Yoshiharu Ashino, Russia, Japan, and Canada
Je Te Mangerais (You Will Be Mine), Sophie Laloy, France (Must be seen)
Koma (Coma), Ludwig Wűst, Austria
Konphliktis Zona (Conflict Zone), Vano Burduli, Georgia
Last Conversation, Noud Heerkens, Netherlands
Metastaze (Metastases), Branko Schmidt, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Moon, Duncan Jones, USA
Perfidia (Pefidy), Rodrigo Bellott, Chile and USA
Sobytie (The Event), Andrey Eshpay, Russia
Sukunat (Silence), Yolqin To'ychiyev, Uzbekistan

To check the press release go here. Pavel Lungin will chair the Main Competition Jury and his latest film Tsar will be the Opening Night Film.

As the fest says, last year’s success of Bulgarian ZIFT by Yavor Gardev made selection committee of the MIFF look closer to Bulgaria. This interest found expression in this year’s festival program Bulgarian Focus. The program combines the most successful Bulgarian films of the last few years and brand new ones – this year’s A Farewell To Hemingway and the first Bulgarian omnibus 15. I’m really looking forward to explore some of the movies in the Focus on Bulgaria program.

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