Out of competition

SUMMER EUPHORIA

NON-FORMAT CINEMA
The “Summer Euphoria” programme traditionally consists of Russian films that do not fit into the usual formats. We present films that are on the borderline of documentary and fiction, filmic reflections on themes of life and art. At a time when the film industry experiences another re-organization, it is important to support a variety of forms and resist in every possible way the drive for the unification of cinema under a single standard. Moreover, we have brought together films which give pleasure and which are simply a joy to watch. Come along!  

Andrei Plakhov,  
Programme Curator, film critic 

THE LITTLE TRAGEDIES
Director Irina Evteeva
Russia, 2009

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER
Director Alexei Popogrebsky
Russia, 2010

VINOGRADOV DUBOSARSKY: A COMMISSIONED PICTURE
Director Yevgeni Mitta, Alexander Shein
Russia, 2009

THE MINER'S DAY
Director Andrei Griazev
Russia, 2010.

MAMA
Director Elena Renard, Nikolai Renard
Russia, 2010.

OLEG TABAKOV. A REFLECTION
Director Kirill Serebrennikov
Russia, 2010.

CINEMA ON THE SQUARE

MUM’S BETTER!

Director Maxim Voronkov
Russia, 2010

SPACE DOGS
Directors: Sviatoslav Ushakov, Inna Evlannikova.
Russia, 2010

JOLLY FELLOWS
Director Felix Mikhailov
Russia, 2009

IRONY OF LOVE
Directors: Alexander Chernyaev, Erzhan Rustembekov.
Russia/Kazakhstan, 2009

KANDAHAR
Director Andrei Kavun
Russia, 2010

THE CHINESE GRANDMOTHER
Director Vladimir Tumaev
Russia, 2009

LOVE IN THE CITY-2
Director Marius Vaisberg
Russia, 2010

WE ARE FROM THE FUTURE-2
Director Alexander Samokhvalov
Russia, 2010

HOOKED-2. NEXT LEVEL
Director Pavel Sanaev
Russia, 2009

GOOD AND KIND PEOPLE DO LIVE IN THE WORLD
Director Dmitri Astrakhan
Russia, 2009

OUR RUSSIA. THE BALLS OF FATE
Director Gleb Orlov
Russia, 2010

CLASSMATES
Director Sergei Soloviev
Russia, 2009

WHAT MEN TALK ABOUT
Director Dmitri Diachenko
Russia, 2009

BURNT BY THE SUN 2: EXODUS
Director Nikita Mikhalkov
Russia, 2010

THE PHOBOS

Director Oleg Asadulin
Russia, 2010

BLACK LIGHTNING
Directors: Alexander Voitinsky, Dmitri Kiselev
Russia, 2009

*Programme is being formed

THE TOUGH JOY OF CO-PRODUCTION

Not so long ago, when the main resource for the viability of the Russian state was priced at 140 US dollars a barrel, the festival held a producers’ round table in Sochi. Along with the crowds of the domestic film industry, foreign guests were also invited to this very event. They took part in discussions and volunteered joint projects… And then, one man suddenly rose from the above-mentioned crowd and said to the guests: “Why have you come here? We don’t need you. We have enough money to manage on our own.” The visitors knew about the price of the main natural resource and, moreover, they were educated, even intelligent. They shrugged their shoulders and left.Now the price of the black liquid has dropped. Those who stood up back then to curse American imperialism and the global backstage in the usual language now began to search for new ways of a carefree life. In the field of film production, almost the only avenue lay precisely in those co-productions that had recently been so vehemently rejected.Therefore, it could be quite instructive to remind people in the national film business today of the fact that co-productions can certainly help, but they are no cure-all. The number of countries participating in the creation of a film does not at all guarantee artistic or commercial success, which may or may not be achieved. In order to comprehend this, we would like to draw your enlightened attention to the difficult pleasure of co-production with this retrospective. In fact, there is nothing new under the Moon. Nor, indeed, under the Sun. Hopes were pinned on 3D under the name “stereoscopic film”, and joint productions also had their role to play – and not only in an the ancestral lands of the “global backstage”, but also in the “first-ever state of workers and peasants”.At the beginning, the Soviet film bosses encouraged co-productions with fraternal, socialist countries (“Furtuna” with Enver Hoxha’s Albania, “Wind from the East” with Maoist China, “Brothers” with North Korea). Then, during the Thaw, they allowed cinematographers to work with the French and the Italians, with the Japanese and the Scandinavians. There were some nice films: the Soviet-Japanese title “The Little Fugitive”, and the Soviet-French film “Leon Garros is Looking for his Friend”. There were even box-office favourites, such as Ryazanov’s “Italians”, or Oldrich Lipský’s “Solo for an Elephant with Orchestra”. And the Soviet-Romanian “Songs of the Sea” which were sung by the whole country in unison with the lovely Dan Spataru, the charming Natalia Fateeva, and the sweet voice of Larissa Mondrus …There were no groundbreaking artistic achievements in these films – but maybe these have no place in co-production? Maybe, when creating a film together with foreigners, it is better to focus on the commercial factor?.. There can be no advice given here, and there are no recipes either.Let’s wait for new Russian-foreign films. In the meantime, we shall reconsider the Soviet-foreign productions. Maybe this will help us somehow? Even if only to understand that a partner is not a pike who fulfils all of Emelyushka’s wishes.

Sergei Lavrentiev,
Programme curator, film historian and critic


THE GREAT ALBANIAN WARRIOR SKANDERBEG
Director Sergei Yutkevich
USSR/Albania, 1953

FAIR WIND TO YOU, “BLUE BIRD”!
Director Mikhail Yershov
USSR/Yugoslavia, 1967

THE RED TENT
Director Mikhail Kalatozov
USSR/Italy, 1969

THE SONGS OF THE SEA
Director Francisc Munteanu
USSR/Romania, 1970

HOLD ON TO THE CLOUDS
Director Boris Grigoryev, Péter Szász

USSR/Hungary, 1971

SOLO FOR AN ELEPHANT WITH ORCHESTRA (“Circus in the Circus”)
Director Oldrich Lipský
USSR/Czechoslovakia, 1975

THE BLUE BIRD
Director George Cukor
USSR/USA, 1976

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
Director Grigori Chukhrai
USSR/Italy, 1980

THE AMERICAN DAUGHTER
Director Karen Shakhnazarov
Russia/Kazakhstan, 1995

THE YEAR OF FRANCE AT "KINOTAVR"

SERGE GAINSBOURG: LA VIE HEROIQUE
Director Joann Sfar.

France/USA, 2010

French Shorts: Films nominated for the “Lutins” award, 2009(www.leslutins.com) In the entire world the short film offers a chance for beginning cinematographers to make a statement about themselves and to take the first steps in film production. But, as a rule, this does not apply to film distribution: shorts rarely reach the spectator, and if they do, it is usually many years after the filmmaker has become a well-known cinematographer, when his debut are unearthed in the archive.For twelve years (since 1998) the French cultural community has tried to move the search for new names in filmmaking onto a national level through the competition “Lutins”. The initiator and continuous head of this project is the well-known actor, scriptwriter and director Stéphane Saint-Martin. Among the winners of the competition are many recognized figures of modern French cinema: the director François Ozon, the actors Jérémie Rénier and Ludivine Sagnier, the actress and writer Sylvie Testud and others. Indeed, this competition has become the equivalent of the “César” for the short form. But Lutins, is, above all, a multi-stage programme for the revelation of new names and the promotion of short films. That means – new and young cinema, hence the name “lutin”, which means both “naughty boy” and also refers to a cheerful elf, a house spirit, or a poltergeist.The project for the cultivation of a new generation in French cinema includes several stages. First of all, of course, there is selection. In the first round, a commission of twenty-five experts selects 28 candidates from among the 350 short films that are shot in France ever year. Then the selection, compiled on DVDs and accompanied by a catalogue, is sent to French cinematographers of different professions (some 2,000 people) for the second round of voting. At the same time, the programme is shown to spectators all over the country at cinemas of the networks Pathé and Gaumont (23 cities in 2008, 17 in 2009). The award ceremony takes place in Paris, at the “Night of Lutins”, in the prestigious halls of the Palais de Chaillot or in the Gaumont-Opéra. The thirteen official awards are complemented by a Press Prize, a Prize of Spectator Sympathies, and a Prize for the Best Foreign (European) Short. Later, all nominated and winning films of the Lutins receive world-wide distribution through the French cultural centres, organizations and embassies.When presenting the nominees of the Lutins 2009 awards at “Kinotavr”, we have only limited time at our disposal. We had to select 15 shorts from the almost 12-hour programme and compose two 3-hour screenings – in the tradition of the Lutins Nights. In the selection we tried to preserve the variety of the panorama of young French cinema – experimenting with narration – down to avant-garde fragmentation; experimenting with colour – down to a return to black-and-white cinema; experimenting with the image that wrestles with sound; with everyday reality and links to the other world; with the corporeal, bordering on the philosophical. We hope that the programme of Russian shorts presented every year at “Kinotavr” will receive the same support in Russia as the Lutins do in France. We would like to thank Unifrance (www.unifrance.org), and personally Christine Gendre, as well as the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in Moscow, and personally the attaché on cinema affairs and audiovisual media, Christine Laumond, for their co-operation.   

Natalia Nusinova,

Curator of the Russian Programme.

LE JOUR DE GLOIRE/THE DAY OF GLORY
Director Bruno Collet

LA NEIGE AU VILLAGE/VILLAGE IN THE SNOW
Director Martin Rit

LES MIETTES/CRUMBS
Director Pierre Pinaud

LISA
Director Lorenzo Recio

NOUS/US
Director Olivier Hems

ET ALORS/SO WHAT
Director Christophe Le Masne

LE FEU, LE SANG, LES ÉTOILES/THE FIRE, THE BLOOD, THE STARS
Director Caroline Deruas

LA VIE LOINTAINE/LIFE AT A DISTANCE
Director Sébastien Betbeder

LE BAISER/THE KISS
Director Yann Coridan

LA DIFUNTA CORRÉA
Directors: Nicolas Cambois, Sébastien Gardet

LE COEUR D'AMOS KLEIN/THE HEART OF AMOS KLEIN
Directors: Michal Kranot, Uri Kranot

TAXI WALA
Director Lola Frederich

CORPUS
Director Christophe Loizillon

TONY ZOREIL/TONY ZEAR
Director Valentin Potier

ERÉMIA ERÉMIA
Directors: Antony Quéré, Olivier Broudeur

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