Tigran Keosayan's Rabbit Over The Void about the mysterious disappearance ofLeonid Brezhnev for three days in 1971, will open the film section of thefourth annual Russian Nights festival in Los Angeles on April 2.

The festival, presented by Moscow's Stas Namin Center, is composedof film, dance, music, theatre and contemporary art sections celebrating theculture of Russia.

The film programme will present its Tower Award honouringoutstanding contribution to world cinema to Polish cinematograher Andrzej Bartkowiakduring the awards ceremony on April 8.

Other films being screened include Alexei Uchitel's Dreaming OfSpace, AlexeyFedorchenko's First On The Moon, Alexei German Jr's Garpastum, Valery Rozhnov's The Graveyard Shift, Alexei Sidorov's Shadow Boxing and Svetlana Proskurina's RemoteAccess.

Andrei Kravchuk's The Italian, which has been picked up for domestic distribution by SonyPictures Classics, will close the event on April 8.