On October 11, organizers of the International Film Festival 2-in-1 hold a news-conference at the RIA news agency press-centre.
Director of the Cinema Department at Russia’s Ministry of Culture Sergey Zernov, the festival’s general producer Renat Davletyarov, director-general Grigory Podzemelny, and program director Aleksey Medvedev talked about the festival’s new concept, and expanded on this year’s program, jury and special guests before answering journalists’ questions.
Director of the Cinema Department at Russia’s Ministry of Culture Sergey Zernov was the first to speak at the news-conference. “It is great to see that 2-in-1 has found its place among international festivals, a very important place both in terms of cinema festivals movement and cinema industry in general,” he stated, adding that in 2011 Russia will become a full-fledged member of the Council of Europe Eurimages fund, which specializes at co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works. “This membership will allow Russian auteur films to get some extra funding, and we hope this will help create and promote these movies,” said Zernov. “2-in1 is just the sort of festival, which brings together these films and the audience, which is crucial given there are not so many cinema theatres in Russia.”
The festival’s general producer Renat Davletyarov admitted he was delighted to launch a new festival. “We continue to carry out the idea of Ivan Dykhovichny and mine, and our team along with our approaches has remained the same in spite of everything,” he said.
Director-general Grigory Podzemelny, meanwhile, reminded of the festival’s traditions, namely a feedback with the audience, young filmmakers training and providing a professional cinema-related dialogue. In line with the festival’s politics the third international program of creative and professional development for young and talented filmmakers, Generation Campus, will be part of the festival. Thirty finalists from Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Slovenia, Estonia, Sweden and the UK will attend lectures and master-classes by distinguished Russian and European filmmakers, get individual advice and also take part in educational films. The Texture cinema lab will be also held during the festival, where the public will have a chance to see the best dramatic readings presented earlier in Perm.
Meanwhile, program director Aleksey Medvedev told more about the festival’s new concept and its program.
“Originally, we regarded the name of the festival as a symbol of combination between auteur's and viewers' sensibilities. But 2-in-1 opened lots of new senses for us, such as fusion of genres, an intersection of feature films and documentary, different cinema strategies and modern art, business and creativity. Genres change all the time, and our festival is aimed at shaping the cinema of the future,” he said.
The news conference also shed light on who will sit on the jury this year as Aleksey Medvedev announced that Ukrainian director and scriptwriter Kira Muratova, New Zealand actress Kerry Fox and Swedish filmmaker Lucas Moodysson would be taking part.
By tradition, the jury of bloggers will work side by side with the main jury, Medvedev reminded. Vera Polozkova (vero4ka), Aleksandr Folin (cinefile), Alesya Petrovna (eprst2000) and Gennady Avramenko (avramenko) will present their special award during the festival.
It became known, that young French director Isild le Besco, Chinese filmmaker Xu Xin and animator Nelson Lowry will be special guests at the event. Isild de Besco is perhaps the youngest filmmaker to be honored at a personal retrospective at a film festival here in Moscow. Xu Xin will present his 6-hour documentary Karamay, which has already made a stir worldwide. While, Nelson Lowry, who is known for his collaboration with Tim Burton, will teach a master-class and also present his latest movie Fantastic Mr. Fox, taking part in the competition.
2-in-1 will get started on Friday, October 22. The public will see 9 films taking part in the competition. Cinema lovers will also be entertained by a dense out-of-competition program. The screening of Julie Bertucelli’s film The Tree with Charlotte Gainsbourg starring will open the festival, while Tournee by Mathieu Amalric will close its four-day program. Both directors will come to Moscow to present their films first-hand. The festival will also see a number of master-classes and meetings with distinguished filmmakers.