CIS Film Festival launches in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The ceremony of opening the film festival of the fraternal peoples “Cinema: Open Borders” took place at the Vatan Cinema and Concert Hall in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on March 26, 2010. The cultural action is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting of Turkmenistan, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Turkmenistan and V/K Sovexportfilm Public Corporation. The project is implemented under the aegis and with the support of the CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of countries (IFHC).

The CIS Film Festival “Cinema: Open Borders” was held last year in Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan. Today the film forum is extending its geography. Its name “open borders” speaks for itself, because its purpose and main idea is to enhance the cultural dialogue in the CIS, strengthen friendship and mutual understanding among the peoples of the Commonwealth, foster professional contacts between cinematographers of the fraternal countries.

Russian famous film director, screenwriter and actor Stanislav Govorukhin, producer Natalia Ivanova, the leading expert of the Soveksportfilm Company Dmitriy Kabanov and Executive Director of CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of countries (IFHC) Armen Smbatian and IFHC Adviser Kamol Rakhimov took part in the press conference on occasion of the opening of the Film Festival in Ashgabat.

The participants of the press conference noted that the experience in conducting the Film Festival in Commonwealth countries had showed that the viewer interest in films and cinematography of neighboring countries was very high. “I am very glad that Turkmenistan is included in the list of the countries which host the Festival, and the more such actions will be, the better,” Stanislav Govorukhin said. The Russian renowned film director also noted that the Festival would contribute to the enrichment of the common cultural environment in the CIS.

The film forum began with the demonstration of Stanislav Govorukhin’s film “The Passenger” (2008). This film had been awarded the Grand Prix of the Listapad Festival in Belarus and the Grand Prix of the VI Moscow Premiere Film Festival in the Russian Federation.

There are six films created in recent years by the filmmakers of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus on the Festival playbill. These include “The Black Lightning” produced by Alexander Voitinsky and Dmitriy Kiselev, Vera Glagoleva’s “One War”, Sergei Strusovskiy’s “The Blessed”, Aleksander Efremov’s “Dunechka”, Renata Gritzkova’s “Insight” and Aleksandr Kiriyenko’s “Indy”.

The people and guests of Ashgabat can visit the film shows at the Vatan Cinema and Concert Hall till March 29. The program of the Festal includes meetings with the authors of the films.

Stanislav Govorukhin




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