The Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi launched a project called “Russia in Cinema” on January 24, 2013.
Accordingly, every month, the RCSC will screen the latest Russian movies as well as Russian classical cinema for the Indian viewers followed by a discussion and a competition of critical essays. The movies are in Russian and have English sub-titles. By the end of the year, the best essays, along with photos of their authors, will be published in a special journal, which will be presented to Russian film celebrities coming to the Indian Capital for the Russian film festival every year. The authors of the essays will get a unique opportunity to interact with them.
The main goal is to make Russian cinema accessible to Indian people. The main audience of the project consists of students learning Russian language. The organizers believe that the films will help them understand Russian world view, Russian realities and culture better.
After the official part of the function, the Russian comedy “Mothers” was shown to the audience. The film is made of eight independent novellas by different directors united by one common aim—to express their love for mothers. This movie is well accepted by the viewers of different nations cutting across all barriers as it is dedicated to a topic close to everyone’s heart. It was released in Moscow last year, and immediately became popular. The film has showcased the talent of more than 20 famous film directors and artists. Due to the variety of film categories and constellation of well-known artists, this movie becomes a true representative of contemporary Russian cinema.
It is hoped that the “Russia in Cinema” project will win popularity in the Indian Capital. The Russian cinema project may make a mark in the cultural activities of the RCSC, judging by the success of such film programmes as retrospective shows of films, directed by Karen Shakhnazarov, Andrei Tarkovsky, as well as Festivals of War Films and film adaptations of Russian classical literature, organized by the RCSCs in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Trivandrum.