Cinemas, libraries and museums, cultural centres and parks will be following a different timetable from usual between 26-27 August: the traditional Moscow event – Cinema Night – will be held on these days. The main theme this year is Moscow’s 870th anniversary, which takes place in September.
Open-air cinema in memory of the master
An open-air cinema and concert hall will be specially erected at the central venue in the inner yard of the Museum of Moscow. Visitors will see The Cranes Are Flying – the winning film of the 1958 Cannes Film Festival – in memory of the famous Soviet actor Alexei Batalov.
Arrhythmia, Gogol, on love and Assa
Cinemas have prepared their main programme for 26 August. They will screen the expected Russian hits of this autumn, including, Arrhythmia, Gogol: The Beginning, and On Love: Adults Only. They can be seen after pre-registration that opens on 21 August.
The Pioner Cinema will screen the film Arrhythmia by Boris Khlebnikov. This film, winner of the 2017 Kinotavr Festival, will be presented by its creators.
Comedy anthology On Love: Adults Only was shot as sequel to the film On Love by Anna Melikian – the winner of the 2015 Kinotavr Festival and Mayor’s prize For Best Moscow Image in a Film. New stories about the most beautiful feeling will be shown by the Gorizont Cinema.
The Kosmos Cinema will screen the first episodes of the thriller Gogol: The Beginning starring Oleg Menshikov and Alexander Petrov.
Museon Arts Park visitors will be able to see an unusual presentation of the legendary film Assa. Yuri Kvyatkovsky, director and professor at the Moscow Art Theater School, has represented it as an interactive performance: the audience can take part in it by changing into costumes, singing along and dancing with actors and actresses.
Cartoons, short films and master classes
On 27 August at 12 pm the Big Cartoon Festival starts in the Bauman Garden. It will include master classes on how to draw cartoons and screening of the best modern pictures.
Best works of the In Short international short film festival will be demonstrated all day long. Visitors will also be able to attend open-air lectures: one of them will be read by Stas Tyrkin, film critic and member of the Moscow International Film Festival’s selection committee. He will explain the international film trends and the festival movement.
Soundtrack of various years
Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble will give a concert in the Museum of Moscow’s yard on 27 August. It will play various Russian film soundtracks, including Valery Todorovsky’s Bolshoi by Pavel Karmanov, Dmitry Kiselev’s The Age of Pioneers, Timur Bekmambetov’s Night Watch and Day Watch – all by Yuri Poteyenko, Renata Litvinova’s The Goddess: How I Fell in Love and Alexei Mizgirev’s The Duelist – both by Igor Vdovin. In the interval visitors will get a chance to hear music by film composer Ennio Morricone.
The event will conclude with a grand premiere: Man with a Movie Camera original soundtrack composed especially for 2017 Cinema Night by Dmitry Kurlyandsky, composer and musical director of the Stanislavsky electrical theatre. Man with a Movie Camera is an experimental Soviet silent film directed by Dziga Vertov in 1929. Instead of actors it shows the 1920s Soviet citizens at work and in everyday life. The film is shot with great care and an eye for detail.
This film, together with Battleship Potemkin, is considered one of the most famous Soviet films. During the years the leading international composers created soundtracks for it. It will be the first performance of this new work.
Cartoon secrets and the best of Soyuzmultfilm
Moskovskoye Kino (Moscow Cinema) network has also prepared its own programme. At the Zvezda Cinema there’ll be a lecture on how to draw cartoons by directors Yuri Norshtein and Mikhail Aldashin. The Beryozka Cinema will screen the best Soyuzmultfilm cartoons created during the last decade.
Also, seven net cinemas will screen Kitchen: The Last Battle comedy starring Dmitry Nagiev, The Age of Pioneers starring Konstantin Khabensky and Evgeny Mironov, Panfilov's 28 Men directed by Andrei Shalopa who also played the main part, and 2016 children’s hit Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice for free. These films were chosen by online voting held by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Cinema Foundation.
The network will also present a special programme at the City Square area at the Moscow City International Business Centre. Between 26-27 August, visitors will be able to watch four silent films on future cities and people. It will feature A Trip to Mars (1918), Aelita (1924), Metropolis (1927) and Loss of Sensation (1935). The old films are voiced by recordings of DJs and performers playing electronic music.
The full list of events will be available on 15 August. Registration for special events will open on 21 August.