Marco Mueller (pictured) presents masterclass and Venice screenings at Italian cinema showcase in Moscow.

Marco Mueller, the artistic director of the Venice International Film Festival, is giving a masterclass to Russian film-makers in Moscow this week.

The session is part of the Festival of Italian Cinema: From Venice to Moscow, which runs February 24 – 28.

It aims to highlight Italian films with Russian themes, partners and actors and has been organized in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow, the Italian Embassy, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (CSC), the Rome film school, and Moscow’s Cine Fantom Club.

Six Italian films featured at last year’s Venice Film Festival will be screened over the event including Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria, with the director also attending, and Giuseppe Capotondi’s The Double Hour. The film’s star, Russian actress Ksenis Rappoport, who won the Coppa Volpi best actress, will also attend the event.

The event is the latest in a number of roadshow-style initiatives developed by the Biennale, which have also seen Venice titles screened in Beijing, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Brazil