Wolfgang Peterson's The Perfect Storm will close the Moscow International Film Festival (July 19-29) which will also boast world premieres of Life As A Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease, directed by Krzysztof Zanussi, and Gleb Panfilov's The Romanovs -The Imperial Family.

The festival is becoming an annual event for the first time in its 43-year history from this year and is also launching a market focusing on European and Russian product.

Theo Angelopolos has been confirmed as chairman of the jury. Special programme sections include the Forum of CIS and Baltic filmmakers; New Films (films produced in Russia between1999-2000); Unknown Uzbek Films and a retrospective of Boris Barnet's films. There will be special gala screenings of restored copies of Erich von Stroheim's Greed, Orson Welles' Touch Of Evil and Sergei Bondarchuk's War And Peace.

The competition line-up includes:

Faimosul Paparazzo (The Famous Paparazzo)
Dir: Nicolat Margineanu. Romania.

Senke Uspomena (Shadows of Memories)
Dir: Predrag Velinovic. Yugoslavia.

Karuman (Pathos)
Dir Jayaraaj. India

La Veuve De Saint-Pierre (The Widow Of Saint-Pierre)
Dir: Patrice Leconte. France.

Dir: Gary Walkow. US.

Women's Paradise.
Dir: Yusup Rozikov. Uzbekistan.

Zornige Kusse (Angry Kisses)
Dir: Judith Kennel. Switzerland.

Villa Lobos
Dir: Zelito Viana. Brazil.

Yu Eshi (Lunar Eclipse)
Dir: Wang Quan An. China.

El Mismo Amor, La Misma Lluvia (The Same Love, The Same Rain)
Dir: Juan Jose Campanella. Argentina.

The Garden Was Full Of Moonlight
Dir: Vitaly Melnikov. Russia.

Levottomat (Restless)
Dir: Aku Louhimies. Finland.

Erase Otra Vez (Once Upon Another Time)
Dir: Juan Manuel Pinzas Cerqueira. Spain.

Poceti Meho Mladshiho Bratra (The Conception Of My Younger Brother).
Dir: Vladimir Drha. Czech Republic.

Dir: Jose Luis Borau. Spain.

The Spreading Ground
Dir: Derek Vanlint. US-Canada.

A Mi Szerelmunk (Our Love)
Dir: Jozsef Pacskovszky. Hungary-Poland.

L'Envol (The Take-off)
Dir: Steve Suissa. France.

Life As A Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease
Dir: Krzysztof Zanussi. Poland.