The Moscow International Film Festival (June 17 - 26) hasunveiled its full competition programme, which includes features such as Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy and Greek hit Brides.
The festival now has two competition programmes: the MainCompetition section and Perspectives, which showcases directorial debuts andinnovative films.
Jury members for the two competitions include directorsClaire Denis and Ulrich Seidl and Russian actresses Viktoria Tolstoganova andElena Safonova.
The opening night film will be Giuseppe Piccioni's TheLife You Want (La Vita Che Vorrei).
The festival has also programmed the world premiere of the1950's period piece Space As A Premonition (Kosmos Kak Predchustviye),from Alexei Uchitel, director of the acclaimed His Wife's Diary and TheStroll.
The closing night film has not been confirmed, butaccording to programming director Kirill Razlogov, will either be a "bigHollywood movie" or a new French film.
Non-competitive programmes include three separate Russiancinema showcases as well as a complete retrospective of French-Armenianfilmmaker Robert Guediguian.
Primarily financed by federal money, the festival issoldiering on despite a reduction in funding this year. The reduced funding ispart of a general trend of cuts in cultural spending this year caused by amassive allocation of funds for the 60th Anniversary of May 9 WordWar II Victory Day celebrations, which saw cultural organisations lose up to40% of their money for 2005.
The federal portion of the festival's budget is $2.6m(R72m) or 20% less than last year. After years of only in-kind contributions,the Moscow municipal government stepped in to support the festival financiallyfor the first time with a donation of $1.7m to $2.1m.
Main Competition Programme
The Life You Want* (Vita Che Vorrei, La), directed by GiuseppePiccioni (Germany-Italy)
Permafrost* (Paha Maa), directed by Aku Louhimes (Finland)
Guitar Mongoloid* (Gitarrmongot), directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden)
Last Moon, The* (La Última luna), directed by Miguel Littin (Mexico)
Chronicle of Ordinary Madness* (Pribeny obycejneho silenstvi), directedby Petr Zelenka (Germany-Czech Republic-Slovakia)
The Girl Shepherd* (Erkak), directed by Yusup Razykov (Uzbekistan)
Dear Wendy, directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
Stolen Eyes* (Otkradnati ochi), directed by Radoslav Spasov(Bulgaria-Turkey)
Hassan's Smile* (Le Sourire d'Hassan), directed by FredericGoupil (France)
Brides (Nyfes), directed by Pantelis Voulgaris (Greek)
Left, Left, Left!* (Tabl-e bozorg zir-e pai-e chap), directed by KazemMaasumi (Iran)
Porcelain Doll* (A Porcelánbaba), directed by Peter Gárdos
Space as a Premonition* (Kosmos kak predchustviye), directed by AlexeiUchitel (Russia)
Bal-Can-Can, directed by Darko Mitrevski (Macedonia-Italy-U.K.)
The Denoument* (Desenlace, El), directed by Juan Pinzás (Spain)
Welcome Home, directed by Andreas Gruber (Austria)
The Chumscrabber, directed by Arie Posin
Perspectives Competition Programme
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, directed by Georgina Riedel(U.S.)
Netto, directed by Robert Thalheim (Germany)
Dust* (Pyl'), directed by Sergei Loban (Russia)
The Seven Innocents* (Shichinin no tomurai), directed by Dankan (Japan)
Skin Surface* (Sal-kyoe), directed by Lee Sun Kan (South Korea)
The Gomez Principle,* (Principe Gomez, El), directed by Hernan GonzalesIglesias (Argentina)
Shark In The Head* (Zralok V Hlave), directed by Mária Procházková (Czech Republic)
The Widower, directed by Kevin Lucas (Australia)