Kindly save the date for the BRICS Film Festival to be held in New Delhi on September 2-6, 2016.
In the framework of the Festival the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Embassy of Russia in New Delhi together with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India are proud to present four Russian films in the competitive programme as well as a documentary about Gandhi and Tolstoy and a number of new discoveries from first-time filmmakers. The screenings will take place in Siri Fort Auditorium. The audience will have a chance to experience the delights of Russia with genuine Russian cuisine and enjoy colorful performance by Dance Acrobatic Show from Saint-Petersburg on September 3, 2016.
Dear friends, for entries\invitations and screening schedule, please, check the official page of the Ministry of Information and broadcasting of India (www.dff.nic.in).
Russian films to be presented within competitive programme of the Festival:
THE BATTLE FOR SEVASTOPOL
THE BEST DAY EVER
LEO TOLSTOY AND MAHATMA GANDHI: A DOUBLE PORTRAIT IN THE INTERIOR OF THE AGE (NON-FEATURE)
RUSSIAN FILMS TO BE PRESENTED WITHIN COMPETITIVE PROGRAMME
THE BATTLE FOR SEVASTOPOL
The woman who changed the course of history
Director Sergey Mokritsky
This film is the fragment of the true event of the battle for Sevastopol, one of the gravest pages of the war. The defense lasted for 250 days, but the city was abandoned to the enemy. The urgent evacuation was organized, it was the time of the exploits and meanness. The main character Lyudmila Pavlichenko was the legendary woman-sharpshooter. The war has interfered in her life rudely and changed it. The Soviet soldiers attacked the enemy with her name on the lips, and the enemy troops hunted her. She saw people’s death and sufferings on the battle-field. But the most tragic ordeal for her was love. She lost her friends and relatives, but managed to make friends with the first lady of the USA – Eleanor Roosevelt. Her speeches in America have changed the course of the Second World War. She won – as a soldier, as a diplomat, as a woman.
Director Anna Melikyan
What is love? This is the question that the characters try to answer. Very different individuals and stories interact and intersect in this movie. Cameos about dissimilar things and all about love: a young couple prefer to live, pretending they are Japanese anime characters; a secretary hears an indecent proposal from her boss; a Japanese girl comes to Moscow in search of a Russian guy; a graffiti artist searching for beauty; a former wife who is hired by her ex to fulfill an unusual task, and much else…
A Story of first love
Director Andrei Zaitsev
A story of first love at the age of 14 in the suburbs of a big city. The modern Romeo and Juliet live in social networks and on the street with their strict rules and laws. To be together the main characters have to overcome many obstacles. There is bad blood between their schools and from the very beginning this love is a betrayal of their neighborhood and their community. Our heroes have to deal with their parents’ refusal to compromise or to acknowledge that children grow up quickly and a teenager is a personality with a right to choose. They will deal with insecurity and self-doubts; face the fears of making the first step and being forsaken. But true love conquers all.
THE BEST DAY EVER
Genre: Karaoke Comedy
Director Zhora Kryzhovnikov
It is time to start a family for a provincial traffic police officer Petia Vasyutin, but he lives with his mother. When Petia decides to propose her girlfriend, his official car crashes into drunken pop star…
LEO TOLSTOY AND MAHATMA GANDHI: A DOUBLE PORTRAIT IN THE INTERIOR OF THE AGE (Non-feature film)
Genre: History, Documentary
Director Galina Evtushenko
The two great spiritual teachers of the humanity, Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi, have never met personally. But during the last year of Tolstoy’s life there was a correspondence between them. It covered philosophical, religious and political issues. This correspondence has become the basis for this film, which is devoted to the crucial issues the humanity faced in the XXth and XXIst centuries. The action in the film takes place all over the world – in Yasnaya Polyana (Russia), in London, in Delhi, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The two great thinkers were achingly trying to find their own ways of nonresistance to evil by force. They brought their philosophies throughout all wars, revolutions, national liberation movements, against all cruelty, racism and intolerance.
THE RETURN OF ERKIN
Director Maria Guskova
Erkin gets out of prison and wants to return to his former life. But everything has changed and he does not know if he can live as a free man.
ABOUT A MOTHER
Director Dina Velikovskaya
This story is about a mother who has given so much to her children that it looks like she has nothing left... but the life opens up the new opportunities.
MOVING IN CIRCLES
Director Maxim Dashkin
Maria lives with her husband at the military base and dreams of getting out from the bad living conditions. The husband does not share Maria’s dreams. Maria decides to accept the offer of another officer…
Director Alexander Korolev
"The Forgotten" - drama about human relationships and love, where the main characters are people with hearing impairment. In spite of this, the film is bright and hopeful, and the story is clear and close to people all over the world.
Director Eduard Zholnin
Based on real events this is a story of children living in an orphanage. Here they build a system of relations – very similar to that among adults. But one of the children nevertheless finds within himself the strength to resist.