On 10-11 September, five tent theatres on Tverskaya Street will treat viewers to nearly 100 hours of movies, including festival rarities, short films, animation and films about Moscow. Meetings with well-known directors, actors and other movie professionals await the public during the Moscow Films Festival.
The Moscow Cinema Panorama programme, prepared by the Russian Cinematographers’ Union together with domestic movie festival curators, will feature films from the Gosfilmovond state film archive; the Kinotavr, St Anna, Vision and Mirror festivals; the Gerasimov State Institute of Cinematography; the Higher Courses of Scriptwriting and Directing; and various other Moscow movie companies and studios.
Short films, animation and festival movies
The Moscow: Faces and Addresses tent theatre at the Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession venue (Tverskaya Street, from Maly Gnezdnikovsky Pereulok to Leontyevsky Pereulok) will show movies tracing the image of Moscow “yesterday, today and tomorrow.” The Silver Age theme will reverberate in Andrei Osipov’s films “Hunting the Angel, Or the Four Loves of a Poet and Foreteller” (about writer Andrei Bely) and “Marina Tsevayeva. Passions for Marina.” “Dog’s Paradise” directed by Anna Chernakova with Alexander Adabashyan as the scriptwriter will take viewers back into the 1950s. Modern visions of the capital are spelled out in the “Moscow, I Love You” almanac.
The Magic World of Animation tent theatre at the Guest from the Future venue (Tverskaya Street, from Nikitsky Pereulok to Georgiyevsky Pereulok) will offer Russian cartoons, including “The Wizard of Equilibrium. The Mystery of the Sukhareva Tower” – a fairytale about Moscow, directed by Sergei Seryogin – and the “Old Piano’s Tales” short film series.
The Moscow Film Studios – Stages of the Great Road cinema at the Stilyagi (Hipsters) venue (1 Tverskaya Street) will run a selection of movies made at different times and varying in genre: from Grigory Alexandrov’s musical comedy “Circus” (1936) to short films that competed at the Vision festival.
Short movies that made it into the Kinotavr festival in 2010-2015 will be screened at the Kinotavr. Short Films cinema at the I Walk Around Moscow venue (Tverskaya Street, from Bryusov Pereulok to Gazetny Pereulok).
Works by young moviemakers will run in the Short Film: The Movie Imprint of Russian Life tent theatre at the War and Peace venue (Tverskaya Street, from Voznesensky Pereulok to Stoleshnikov Pereulok). The programme features student and graduation films created in Sergei Solovyov’s, Alexander Proshkin’s, Sergei Miroshnichenko’s and Anna Novikova’s studios, as well as at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and the Higher Courses of Scriptwriting and Directing, with “Happy Birthday, Rosa!” directed by Alexei Kuzmin-Tarasov and Anna Kolchina among the premieres.
For people with disabilities, there will be special movie showings with audio description (AD) and closed captions. On 10 September at 5.30 pm, the Magic World of Animation cinema will show “The Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk,” followed by “Poddubny” in the Moscow Studios – Stages of the Great Road cinema on 11 September at 3.25 pm, both with AD tracks and closed captions.
On Saturday, 10 September, the cinemas will be open from 10 am to 11 pm, and on Sunday, 11 September, from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, go to the Moscow Films Festival’s web page.
On City Day, Tverskaya Street will host a large-scale exposition devoted to favourite Russian films. Reproduced at 10 venues on Tverskaya, from Kozitsky Pereulok to Manezhnaya Square, will be sceneries and props from the films “Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession,” “Pig-Tender and Shepherd,” “War and Peace,” “Circus,” “The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed,” “I Walk Around Moscow,” “Pokrovsky Gate,” “Guest from the Future,” “Night Watch” and “Hipsters.”
Re-enactments of film scenes, flash mobs, concerts and meetings with popular actors and directors are on the programme. Anyone can take part in creative workshops, pose for a photo near stunning artwork or taste dishes from a special movie menu.