Russian director Pavel Lungin will chair the jury at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival, where competition films include Waldemar Krzystek’s Little Moscow and Duncan Jones’s Moon.
The festival will further honor Lungin with a retrospective of his work and his Un Certain Regard title, Tsar, will open the event on June 19. Michael Mann will be in Moscow to present Public Enemies as the closing film of the festival June 28. Other jurors have not been announced.
The festival’s main competition focuses heavily on films from the territories of the former Eastern Bloc. Of the 16 films in the main competition, three films come from Russia.
The 16 films in the main competition are:
- As God Commands, dir. Gabriele Salvatores (Italy)
- Beauty, dir. Toshio Goto (Japan)
- Bibi, dir. Hassan Yektapanah (Iran)
- Burning Mooki, dir. Lena Chaplin, Slava Chaplin (Israel)
- Crayfish, dir. Ivan Tscherkelov (Bulgaria)
- Five Days Without Nora, dir. Mariana Chenillo (Mexico)
- Happy New Year, dir. Christoph Schaub (Switzerland)
- Little Moscow, dir. Waldemar Krzystek (Poland)
- The Mediator, dir. Dito Tsintsadze (Georgia, Germany)
- Melody For A Barrel Organ, dir. Kira Muratova (Ukraine)
- Miracle, dir. Alexander Proshkin (Russia)
- The Missing Person, dir. Noah Buschel (USA)
- Pete On The Way To Heaven, dir. Nikolai Dostal (Russia)
- Prank, dir. Peter Gardos (Hungary)
- Today And The Other Days, dir. Wee An Choi (South Korea)
- Ward No. 6, dir. Karen Shakhnazarov (Russia)
Austrian film-maker Robert Dornheim will chair the jury for the Perspectives selection of debut and experimental films, in which 12 films are competing.
- Bonded Parallels, dir. Hovhannes Galstyan (Armenia, France, Norway)
- Coma, dir. Ludwig Wuest (Austria)
- Dilber Eight Days, dir. Cemal San (Turkey)
- The First Squad, dir. Yoshiharu Ashino (Russia, Japan, Canada)
- Journey To The Moon, dir. Kutlug Ataman (Turkey)
- Lady With The Little Dog, dir. Julij Koltun (Germany)
- Last Conversation, dir. Noud Heerkens (Netherlands)
- Metastases, dir. Branko Schmidt (Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia)
- Moon, dir. Duncan Jones, (USA)
- The Perfidy, dir. Rodrigo Bellott (Chile, USA)
- Silence, dir. Yolqin To’ychiyev (Uzbekistan)
- You Will Be Mine, dir. Sophie Laloy (France)
The festival also hosts the new Moscow Co-Production Forum (June 20–22) in partnership with the Baltic Event, the co-production market held during the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn. The new forum will include master classes, round tables, project presentations and bilateral meetings.