Interactive karaoke and private screenings: How to spend Cinema Night

Interactive karaoke and private screenings: How to spend Cinema Night
Cinema Night is 25 August.

The annual Cinema Night kicks off in Moscow at 6 pm 25 August. It will last until 2 am. Over eight hours, 160 sites will host 330 openings. Film critic Anton Dolin is the supervisor of the Moscow programme.

The Moscow Mayor’s prize and a film on the Beatles

The highlight of the event will be announcing the winners of the Moscow Mayor’s prize For Creating the Moscow Image in Films. The names will be announced at Zaryadye Park. The nominees include The Bolshoi by Valery Todorovsky, Santa Claus. Battle of the Magi by Alexander Voitinsky, Attraction by Fyodor Bondarchuk, Selfie by Nikolai Khomeriki and other films. The awards ceremony will be followed by showing the winning film. According to Alexander Kibovsky, member of the Moscow City Government and Head of the Department of Culture, the number of competition participants is growing every year.

“If we talk about, say, Moscow of the 1960s, we don’t remember it by stock footage, which is, unfortunately, rarely shown on the screen. First of all, our event views are based on the images left by our great film-makers in Walking the Streets of Moscow or I Am Twenty. These film frames today are actually perceived as a reproduction of reality. Chances are that the time will come when today’s Moscow will be remembered by films made by contemporary  film-makers,” Alexander Kibovsky said.

Audiences will also see the animated Beatles film, Yellow Submarine at Zaryadye Park. The special screening is timed to coincide with the animated feature’s 50th anniversary. The screening of the silent film The Lady and the Hooligan will be dedicated to the 125th anniversary of Vladimir Mayakovsky. The poet played the main part in the film. The showing of the film will be accompanied by live music performed by young neoclassical musician  Nikola Melnikov and the New Classic Band.

Songs from favourite films and karaoke

Young musicians will perform cover versions of hits from Russian films at VDNKh (Stage on the Water). Hermitage Gardens will show the film The Brother in a karaoke format. The audience will not only see the film but can also sing along.

Sing-along to the film The Brother by Alexei Balabanov, 1997

The first to see: Private screenings

Private screenings will take place at Moskino cinemas. The Boundaries programme will include Profile by Timur Bekmambetov, Anna’s War by Alexei Fedorchenko, Acid by Alexander Gorchilin and other Russian films that are not on the big screen yet.

At libraries and outdoors

On 25 and 26 August, films will be shown in parks, at museums, cultural centres and even libraries. The contest screening of the International Festival of Outdoor Films will take place at Tsaritsyno Estate Museum. Getting to Know Film by Stanislav Govorukhin will be presented at Gorky Park, the Young Pioneer outdoor cinema and Sokolniki Park.

The Illusion Cinema will show teenage life in films. The Trying Age programme includes the films Zero for Conduct by Jean Vigo and Boys by Dinara Asanova, as well as a meet-and-greet with film director Alexander Hant.