Saturday, August 22, 2015

On Sakhalin, the International Film Festival kicked off “Edge of the World” – GOSNOVOSTI

A. Kozlovsky. On Sakhalin International Film Festival kicked off

D. Kozlowski. On Sakhalin, the International Film Festival kicked off “End of the World»

Sakhalin Fifth International Film Festival “Land of Light” began its work. Hundreds of area residents gathered in the center of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to cheer on the red carpet guests, participants and members of the jury Island Film Forum.

– I am sincerely glad to see you at the opening of the Fifth Sakhalin International Film Festival “Land of Light” – I turned from the stage Chekhov-center to the assembled head of the region Oleg Kozhemyako. – It is gratifying that the geography of the Forum has been steadily expanding. This year, screenings and creative meetings will be held in almost all the districts of the region. Symbolically, the fifth anniversary of the festival coincides with a number of important dates. This is the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, the liberation of southern Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. Therefore, the festival program includes many films of military subjects. Other significant date – the 155 anniversary of the great Russian writer Anton Chekhov, 125 years after his trip to Sakhalin Island.

Oleg Kozhemyako expressed confidence that a favorite with audiences and filmmakers festival will continue its history and in the following years. He wished all the participants and guests of the forum success, spectators – bright impressions and good mood.

The general producer of the festival Alexei Agranovich delivered the message the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medina. “Edge of the World” – a festival of interactive, involving not just the presence of the viewer, and the viewer – an accomplice. And I am very pleased that each year the number of visitors is steadily increasing, creating a unique atmosphere of the festival of culture and art. Support caring Sakhalin was, is and will be the driving force behind the festival, “says the greeting.

The competitive program opened the picture” Nechzha “Chinese director Li Xiaofeng. Fight for the prize of the festival will be nine more films from India, Turkey, South Korea, Russia and Armenia. Also presented is a vast non-competitive program.

Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf headed the festival jury. It includes also a Filipino director Lav Diaz, actors Danila Kozlovsky and Anna Chipovskaya, screenwriter Alexander Rodionov.

Film Week in the Sakhalin region will end on August 28.

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