On November 21, 2011 the Indian capital saw the opening of the 5th Annual Festival of Modern Russian Cinema, jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture of Russia, the Embassy of Russia in India and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture.
“This year we have tried to bring a diverse programme to the Indian audience, which comprises both serious movies and teenage comedies of the recent years,” Mr G.K.Gevorkyan, Dy.Director General, “Mosfilm” studios, said at the opening ceremony.
Famous producers Mr Igor Ugolnikov and Mr Evgeny Ayzikovich, as well as popular young actor Mr Konstantin Kryukov introduced Russian movies to eminent cultural workers, political and public leaders, numerous journalists and ordinary connoisseurs and admirers of Russian cinema.
H.E. Mr Alexander Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia to India, in his address to the festive and excited audience laid a special emphasis on the profound contribution of cinema to stronger multifaceted Russian-Indian cooperation. “Our peoples have mutual interest towards each other deeply rooted in historical, cultural, spiritual and emotional background,” he stressed. “Throughout many decades cinema has played an essential role in the entire gamut of our interaction and cooperation making us know each other better and creating a climate of amity and neighbourliness.”
At the solemn ceremony the Indian Side was represented by Mr A.Jamal, famous film director, and Mr U.Radhakrishnan, managing trustee of cinema promoting company “The Film Trust of India” and coordinator of national and international film festivals. According to Mr A.Jamal, who crafted 75 feature and documentary films and was awarded with 5 Indian national prizes, “traditional film festivals became a window to modern Russia for the Indian spectator.” “We are glad to have this opportunity to get acquainted with a new generation of film directors and actors”, he said.
The war drama “The Brest Fortress” was the inaugural movie of the festival. Further the programme includes drama “The House of the Wind”, comedies “Lucky Trouble”, “On the Hook”, and the screen version of A.P.Chekhov’s drama “Ward № 6” to be showed from November 21 to 25.
Mr Fyodor A.Rozovsky, Head of “Rossotrudnichestvo” representation in India, reminded that the good tradition of screening novelties of Russian cinema was resumed in April 2007, on the 60th anniversary of Rusian-Indian diplomatic relations. Since then the festivals have been held in New Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Trivandrum and other cities, invariably enjoying great success with Indian audience.